25 Feb Eating with the Seasons – Winter & our Spiced Turmeric Almond Latte Recipe
Eating with the seasons is an incredibly easy way to guarantee that you are eating the perfect foods to support and nourish your body, mind and whole system all year round. It is key to good health and emotional balance.
Eating for the seasons is eating the food that is available in your local eco-system at that time of year. It is the freshest source of food that we can consume and that our body most desires in that season to stay healthy and to connect with our environment.
Years ago eating foods and making meals from foods that were harvested locally in the season was the only option. Now with worldwide distribution of food, modern day processing and being able to find anything on the supermarket shelves at any time of the year, it’s easy to forget what foods are seasonal and local. Whilst having this luxury is convenient at times, it is also detrimental, as it means that our bodies are not getting the seasonal nourishment that they need and we are not connected to our food or our environment. It also means that the produce we are getting is not at its peak, so it is lacking the nutrients and maximum goodness.
Seasons provide natural diversity and changes in growing conditions that are considered crucial for balancing the earth’s resources. Eating seasonally also supports the local food industry, farmers, sustainability and the environment, cutting down on pollution from transportation and chemicals used for preservation. It can also save you money as you are eating foods that are available and in abundance at that time of year, and not something that has had to be shipped across the world!
An easy way to remind ourselves what is in season is to visit the local organic markets and see what is in abundance. That is what you want to be filling your plates and bellies with.
In winter, our bodies crave warmth hence why nature provides us with root vegetables (e.g. swede, pumpkin, sweet potato, beets, carrots and parsnip), warming herbs and spices (e.g. ginger, garlic, turmeric, cinnamon and clove), and grounding grains and beans (e.g. rice, mung dhal and lentils). This is all so we can cook them into delicious soups, stews and various warm dishes to nourish the qualities of our inner world; our bodies, so that we can face the cold and chilly elements in our outside world; the environment.
These warming foods also tend to calm and pacify the body, especially when the winter winds rattle your bones. It is only natural that you will move away from eating cooling fruits and raw foods around this time of year as they only add to the dryness and feeling of being ungrounded and disconnected, which is what winter already brings.
Here are our top 5 foods to be consuming (in large amounts) during winter:
- Turmeric: this golden super spice should be in every pantry and used liberally. It has endless benefits; healing organs, joint pain, clearing toxins from the blood and clearing skin impurities and wounds. It helps reduce the mucous increasing effect of milk as well as being a marvellous herb for the WHOLE system especially in winter. Turmeric is fat soluble so your body absorbs it best when consumed with a fat. Add it into your meals with some ghee, hemp or coconut oil and enjoy a dash of it in all your warm drinks. It is delicious with warm almond milk and honey any time of the day or in the evening as a great grounding sleep tonic (See recipe below).
- Ginger: known as “the universal medicine” as it benefits everybody! It is specifically great for digestion, the lungs and circulation and is a must have in winter. Fresh ginger is great in the morning in hot water with pomegranate juice or lemon and honey. It is also wonderful eaten just before a meal to aid digestion and increase digestive fire (agni). Eat 1/2 Tsp. of grated or diced ginger before your meal or sprinkled on your meal.
- Cinnamon: is a superb spice to invigorate circulation and digestion, to regulate blood sugar and aid weight loss. It’s a true tonic that protects and gives strength. Cinnamon’s great as a tea, either in a chai blend or a stick of it in boiled water. It is easy to use in the powdered version as you can put a dash in your porridge or into hot milky drinks.
- Pomegranate: has a specific affinity for the blood tissue, the whole cardiovascular system and it is incredibly high in antioxidants (even more than green tea and red wine). It is a great super fruit to have every day. In winter, pour 1/2 a glass of 100% organic pomegranate juice into a mug with 1/2 a glass of boiled water. Delicious!
- Asparagus: balances all constitutions and is considered to be one of Ayurveda’s healthiest vegetables. It’s soothing, demulcent (inflammation reducing) and juicy nature lubricates all the membranes in the body and is great for removing any dryness that fall/ winter brings.
To learn more about eating for the seasons, check out our retreats page for our Summer 2016 retreats in Portugal and Ibiza! Here we we will be providing beautiful seasonal summer/ pitta foods and diving deeper into this topic with a focus on your own individual constitution and also how the seasons effect how we should move and what we should consume during the warmer months.
Spiced Turmeric Latte
(For grounding, nourishing and warming)
This recipe is great for every body and at any time of the day, especially in the evening as you prepare for a deeply nourishing sleep. It is also a wonderful tonic for pregnant women to aid in a deeper sleep and for strong mobile joints as the baby and belly grow. This is also wonderful to consume when you are feeling overwhelmed, tired or exhausted, and at times of change (like becoming a new mother or getting a new job), as it really helps you stay grounded and gives you that feeling of being nourished and supported.
Basically, drink it as often as you wish especially when its cold outside and you want to welcome the warmth in. Enjoy….
1 cup almond milk
1/2 Tsp turmeric (don’t be shy, it has no taste just an incredible colour!)
1/4 Tsp cinnamon
1 medjool date, pit removed
Optional: for a different variation add 1/2 teaspoon of any of the following – chaga, reishi, mesquite, maca, moringa, matcha, cardamon, nutmeg
- In your blender or Thermomix, blend on high speed until all combined and the date is blended through.
- If using a Thermomix, set time to 6 mins, heat to 80 and speed to 3. If using a blender then pour into a small pot and heat over the stove. Let it boil and then immediately turn right down to low for a minute.
- Serve in your favourite mug and enjoy every sip. If consuming before bed, I dare you to try and stay awake!!
With love the Flawless Feast sisters X