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Muesli with Easy Homemade Coconut Milk

Homemade Muesli

My husband makes the world’s best oatmeal. He makes it about once a year, and I’ve never paid attention to or asked how he makes it. I’m not sure if it’s because I’m afraid if I look too closely it will disappear (like a rainbow?) or if I’m just into mysteries. Maybe both.

Homemade Muesli

Usually, I’m not really an oatmeal person. I know that it is a good option at the greasy spoon and that oats are good at keeping us warm and are high in protein and fiber, but has anything ever been more boring than oatmeal? If it takes brown sugar or maple syrup to make you go ‘mmmmmmm’, I don’t think that oatmeal can really take the credit.

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Breakfast Hot Chocolate

This is meant to warm you up, down to your toes, but a side effect is happiness, it’s made of chocolate, after all.

Millet Pecan Hot Chocolate

I was reading about ‘Champurrado’ in Lucky Peach magazine the other day. I had never heard of it before, but it is a chocolate version of ‘Atole’, a masa (corn)-based drink that they drink in Mexico to warm up ). Because apparently it gets cold there. As it turns out, this will warm you up whether you are Mexico-cold or Canada-cold.

The recipe in the article was created by Rick Bayless, and whenever I see his name I pay attention because his specialty is traditional Mexican cuisine, a cuisine I don’t know very much about, but find really interesting.

Millet Pecan Hot Chocolate

I would have pictured a warm chocolate drink from Mexico more like warm chocolate drinks that I’ve had in Europe, basically melted chocolate ganache (not that I’m complaining), but this is more like a mixture between hot porridge and a smoothie. That’s why I’ve called it breakfast hot chocolate, because it doesn’t resemble the hot chocolate that comes in the rip open packages with little dried marshmallows that you may or may not have enjoyed beside a roaring fire after a chilly summer night time swim. It’s actually pretty healthy, even if it leans towards the sweet side (chocolate without the sweet would taste more like black coffee).

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Spiced ‘Golden Milk’

Spiced Golden Milk

I have been trying to get this recipe up on the blog for a really long time now. It is the picture of disease-prevention, anti-inflammation and immune support. Now that we’re in that post-holiday, new habit-creating time, it seems like the perfect time to introduce my version of the mighty, mighty ‘golden milk’.

Spiced Golden Milk

‘Golden milk’ has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years for conditions ranging from eczema and arthritis to cancer and heart disease. We talk about (and use) turmeric a lot on this site, golden milk’s ‘golden’ ingredient. It is one of the most studied and proven anticancer spices in terms of its ability to lower inflammation, support the liver, aid digestion and boost the immune system.

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Fire Cider (Immune-Boosting Tonic)

Fire Cider Bloody Mary

My husband and I came home from a mediocre work party one night in the fall of 2009 and spent the next day wondering how it was possible that we were so hung over. It turned out that we had swine flu and we spent the next several weeks quarantined to our tiny apartment watching every sci fi movie I had managed to avoid for the first several years of our relationship. To this day Star Wars still makes me feel nauseous.

Fire Cider

During this same year, my Mom’s cancer had recurred and she was going through treatment again, and my older sister had had her first baby. I couldn’t see either of them for over a month and it was the worst.

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