Restless nights turn into bleary-eyed mornings, turn into days of drudgery and afternoon lulls. Better double up on the coffee just to keep going, right? It’s a satisfying quick fix with reliable results, but a hasty solution that often comes back to haunt as nighttime drags on. Sleep becomes more elusive, more coffee is needed to fill the gaps, and so the vicious cycle deepens, like the cavernous craters beneath furrowed brows and tired eyes.
Don’t get me wrong; I love caffeine, but it’s clear from our long, tumultuous relationship that it does not love me back. Though I’d never contemplate relinquishing my morning shot of espresso, it’s the second and third pull that get me into trouble. I’ll start shaking like a leaf long before my brain gets the message to wake up, which only arrives when I turn in for bed.
Nothing can replace a full, proper night’s rest, but that’s at least more feasible when caffeine isn’t interfering with normal sleep cycles.
Basic hydration can do wonders for mood regulation and overall health, so just drinking enough throughout the day goes a long way. That’s why I’m drinking more turmeric lattes, served over almost equal parts ice while the summer heat is on, please.
We all know that turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting free agent, but it takes a team to win at this daily game. Coconut milk brings medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) to the playing field, which are easily digested as an immediate source of energy. Maple syrup on the other hand, offers a slower burn than processed white sugar, to prevent a deleterious crash later on. Spices like ginger and black pepper are simply invigorating flavors, like lemon juice, which can brighten any recipe.
Rosewater, delicate flower that it is, may seem like an inauspicious recruit, just like the tart and tangy hibiscus blossoms included in the brew. Sustained energy is all about playing the field, and these two make up a killer defense. We’re talking antioxidants galore which may lower blood pressure and help regulate glucose. Though they failed to turn my drink a blushing shade of Millennial pink, their subtly sweet flavors reinforce the meme-worthy title.
Most importantly, no matter how much (or how little) uninterrupted sleep you enjoyed last night, this canary-yellow latte is downright delicious. The subtle, natural energy boost is just an extra little win.
- 1 (14-Ounce Can) Full-Fat Coconut Milk
- 2 Tablespoons Maple Syrup
- 1 Teaspoon Ground Turmeric
- 1/2 Teaspoon Ground Ginger
- 1/4 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
- 1/8 Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
- 2 Cups Water
- 1/4 Cup Dried Hibiscus Flowers
- 2 Tablespoons Maple Syrup
- 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
- 1/2 Teaspoon Rosewater
- First prepare the golden milk by combining all of the ingredients in a blender and pureeing until smooth. Alternately, place everything in a small pitcher and either whisk or shake (sealing tightly, please!) until the mixture is fully blended. Let chill in the fridge for a least an hour.
- To make the tea, combine all of the ingredients in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring just to the brink of a boil, turn off the stove, and cover. Let infuse for 15 minutes. Strain out the spent blossoms and chill the pink tea until fully cold; 1 - 2 hours.
- When you're ready to serve, combine equal parts golden milk and hibiscus-rose tea, and pour into a glass filled with ice. Drink up and get down to work!
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 167Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 16mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 0gSugar: 12gProtein: 1g
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