These days, I’m breaking a few patterns. For starters, I never start the day without my morning coffee. I usually practice a bit of intermittent fasting in the mornings, so I don’t eat breakfast — but that cuppa joe? That’s mandatory.
According to Ayurvedic tradition, we should eat foods that are sattvic to nourish the mind and remain in a balanced state. Some sattvic foods include fresh fruit and vegetables, pure fruit juices, nuts, seeds, milk, ghee etc. Common spices used in sattvic cooking are turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, fennel and cardamom.
I try to add superfoods like raw cacao and cinnamon into my daily coffee, but caffeine unfortunately, still falls in the rajasic foods category, which is said to overstimulate the mind.
One morning, I decided to abandon coffee and switch up my morning beverage into a sattvic one instead: this Turmeric Apple Cider Vinegar Almond Milk.
The ingredients like turmeric and apple cider vinegar can be pretty strong but the punchy flavors are softened and balanced out by almond milk. I always feel like my stomach isn’t quite ready to digest a full meal when I wake in the mornings, so this Turmeric Apple Cider Vinegar Almond Milk feels like a perfect drink that’s not too demanding on the digestive system and helps to awaken the body gently but powerfully.
It’s very much Ayurvedic-inspired but experimented in my own kitchen according to my personal preferences — feel free to make it your own!
4 tbsp grated turmeric
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
200ml almond milk, heated up in a saucepan or frothed with a milk frother
A pinch of black pepper or cayenne pepper
A pinch of ground cinnamon
Put all the ingredients into a blender and blend on the highest speed until everything is combined. Strain into a glass and drink it hot immediately. I like to make extra and store it in the fridge for up to three days.