Sunshine mylk - a healthy alternative to coffee

Sunshine mylk - a healthy alternative to coffee
Sunshine mylk - a healthy alternative to coffee
Sunshine mylk - a healthy alternative to coffee
Sunshine mylk - a healthy alternative to coffee
Sunshine mylk - a healthy alternative to coffee
Sunshine mylk - a healthy alternative to coffee
Sunshine mylk - a healthy alternative to coffee
Sunshine mylk - a healthy alternative to coffee
Sunshine mylk - a healthy alternative to coffee
Sunshine mylk - a healthy alternative to coffee

If you lead a stressful life, which most of us do, we often reach for a coffee first thing in the morning. The problem with this can be that you can put your adrenal glands under more stress and set yourself up for a day of caffeine spikes and lows. As much as you need the energy, sometimes coffee isn't the solution. 

I've teamed up with Le Creuset to bring you a healthy coffee alternative that is not only delicious but is anti-inflammatory and soothing to the body. Of course, I am showing it off in their new gorgeous deep teal range. My favourite colour to date! To say I am obsessed is putting it mildly. With its restful green hues and soothing blues, I thought it would work beautifully with something that will calm your body rather than send it into overdrive. Nourishing your body means looking after it when it needs it the most.  

I have created my turmeric lattes or sunshine mylk, as I like to call it with sunflower seeds. This means that the drink is high in fiber, as you don't strain the milk. If this is something that isn't your taste you are more than welcome to substitute it with almond milk or a milk substitute of your choice. When choosing one, try focus on nut milk, as they tend to be better for you than soy-based products. If you are not used to Turmeric lattes maybe try it with almond milk and see how you go. 


Ingredients: 

For the Mylk:

  •  1 cup raw unsalted sunflower seeds 
  • 3 cups filtered water 
  • If you are using a milk alternative use 3 cups. 
     

For the sunshine:

  • 1 cup boiling water 
  • 1 tablespoon coconut butter (optional) 
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger 
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom  
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper 
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla paste 
  • 5 majool dates 

Instructions: 

Add all the ingredients plus the coconut butter and dates to a high-speed blender. You need something high speed to macerate the seeds. Once it is all combined add it to a saucepan. If you are using almond milk then add the almond milk, coconut butter, and dates. 

Add the remaining ingredients to the saucepan and bring to a simmer. Serve immediately. 

If you would like to store the mylk it will keep for 3 days in the fridge. Separation is normal as the fiber is in the mylk.  

The mylk can also turn slightly brown from oxidation - don't worry its still lovely to drink! 

-Melissa 

p.s deep teal is part of Le Creuset’s new Natures Kitchen collection and is available storewide and online here from March 2018.

*This blog post is sponsored by Le Creuset. All opinions are my own. 

Passion Fruit Summer Drink

One of my favourite things to do in summer is to go down to the beach with my friends and have picnics at sunset. I am lucky enough to not only have marvellous friends but to live in one of the most beautiful cities on earth, Cape Town. Our beaches are pristine and summer sunsets are around 8pm so it allows for extra time after work to really enjoy the evening!  There are few things as beautiful as watching the sun go down and seeing the colour palette explode over the sky.

This cocktail is great for summer because of its fresh flavours. You can take it down to the beach or simply enjoy it with friends over lunch. It's the perfect start to the weekend! 


serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 125ml mint leaves
  • 2 limes, cut into 1cm-pieces
  • 3 fresh ginger (cut into thin sticks)
  • 8 passion fruits
  • 4 oranges, juiced
  • ice cubes
  • Sparkling soda
  • vodka (optional)

Instructions:

Muddle mint leaves, the lime pieces and half of the ginger sticks in a bowl, then pour it into a pitcher.

Cut the passion fruits in half and scoop out the flesh into the pitcher.

Add juice from the oranges and ice cubes and stir around.

Top it with sparkling soda, a couple of ginger sticks and a mint leaf.

If you have opted for vodka add a single shot per glass or stronger if that is your vibe!

Cheers to the weekend!

-Melissa

Source: www.thetrufflejournal.com/passion-fruit-summer-drink