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What better time to fall back in love with coffee of the warming kind than now, with the leaves doing their colorful dance and sweaters unpacked for daily wear. We're ranging in the new season with a new recipe – the pumpkin spice latte.
The spices traditionally found in a Pumpkin Spice Latte have many health benefits, including important anti-inflammatory properties, making this recipe not only delicious but nutritious as well.
The health benefits of cinnamon have been studied for many years, and this spice is considered to be one of the most healthful on the planet. Cinnamaldehyde is a compound found in cinnamon that is thought to provide the most of its medicinal benefits. Packed with polyphenol antioxidants, cinnamon can help the body protect itself from free radicals.
Inflammation, one of the most talked-about causes of chronic disease, can be counterbalanced by the foods that we eat. Cinnamon is no exception and has been heavily studied for its ability to provide anti-inflammatory benefits to the human body. Cinnamon has also been studied for its ability to lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of developing heart disease.
Ginger is another spice that has been studied for quite some time to prove the effectiveness of its medicinal qualities. Gingerol, the main bioactive compound in ginger, provides many of the health benefits we know and use today.
Ginger is most notably considered for its ability to ease nausea and morning sickness but has also been found to help with reducing muscle pain and soreness, reducing inflammation in the body, and lowering blood sugars in certain circumstances.
Nutmeg, a popular spice in ethnic cuisine around the world, is a popular spice that is best known for its warm, delicious taste and it’s health benefits. Recent studies have shown that nutmeg is an anti-inflammatory food that has the ability to help treat insomnia, pain, aid in digestion and enhance blood pressure and circulation.
Cloves are a flower bud that has been dried and traditionally ground, although whole cloves make excellent and eye-catching use of ingredients in particular dishes. Cloves have been studied for their anti-inflammatory properties and have been found to be rich in antioxidants. There is even ongoing research to support the idea that cloves may protect against certain types of cancer.
I believe that we all have our own definition of healthy, so how you define a recipe as healthy may be different than how I do.
For me, that means making this recipe with dairy-free milk, because that is what makes my tummy feel best – and adding some sugar – because what is life without sugar?
Feel free to substitute different types of milk in this recipe depending on what you personally prefer. Whether it is traditional dairy milk or plant-based options like homemade hemp seed milk, sunflower seed milk, almond, cashew or coconut – it is totally up to you. Just remember, it may not froth the same way.
Combine anti-inflammatory spices with the healing benefits of cannabis for the ultimate comfort beverage that will leave you feeling calm and happy.
Ensure your liquid never reaches a temperature above 240 degrees F, as this will inactivate many important properties of the cannabis oil.