Pumpkin Spiced Matcha Latte (and a giveaway!)

 
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You guys, HI!

What a whirlwind few weeks it's been over here. For those of you who might not know, I recently (and rather spontaneously) moved from my sweet, sunny home in South Florida to my favorite city in the world - New York. It's been a dream of mine to live here since I was young. I can't explain it, but I've always felt this pull. And after the ending of a three year relationship this past summer, the time felt right to lean into the pull.

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Because of some old childhood programming, I've long clung to the subconcious belief that I'm not capable of certain things on my own. That I need a man to help me. First it was my father, then it was my partner. My wonderful, gifted, insightful manifestation advisor (so LA I know, but she is the real deal) helped me to 1) identify that I was subconsciously projecting from this place and 2) gave me the tools to reprogram and start operating from a more empowered inner space. It's been an arduous few months of inner-work, as I confronted a lot of my limiting beliefs and self-sabotaging tendencies. But then the most kismet thing happened - I was offered a job. An incredible job.  A dream job. Working for nutritionist and author Dana James in her NYC office.

Three days later, I was on a plane to New York. I (again, so serendipitously) found a place to live, bought some warmer clothes, and just like that, it happened. It still feels very dream-like. There's definitely been a flow to it all, but that's not to say it hasn't been challenging. I miss my family and my friends and my students in Florida. I miss connecting with nature. I miss teaching and writing every day. I'm working like I've never worked before, and my body and mind are still adjusting to that. But what an incredible learning experience it's been so far. I have an entirely new perspective on the challenges of staying well amidst a busy schedule, and I'm excited to explore and share what works for me within these realms.  

But enough about me, and more about this matcha. 

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This is the seasonal update I've been giving my morning matcha of as of late. And I'm especially excited to share this recipe, as it offers a nourishing and nutrient-dense alternative to the chemical- and sugar-laden original. I’m partial to using matcha because of it’s chlorophyll, antioxidant, and amino acid content, but this recipe works equally as well with coffee. 

During the cooler months, I go through a fair bit of pumpkin spice. Partially because I do love the taste, but mostly because of it's very timely health benefits. The blend of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, and ground ginger boosts the metabolism, supports digestion, warms the body, and awakens the mind - all key aspects to healthfully adapting to the seasonal transition, which tends to slow down the body and create stagnation. I always add a dose or two of adaptogens to every morning cuppa, and I’ve chosen ashwagandha and he shou wu for this particular blend to support mood and stress levels. 

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GIVEAWAY (!)

It's no secret that I'm entirely partial to PANATEA when it comes to matcha. It's hands down the best quality around, and makes me feel incredibly alert without the crash. So it is with much excitement that I announce this week's giveaway (!): my dear friends at PANATEA will be gifting one Solful Health reader a ceremonial matcha starter kit and another one of you a ten-pack of their ceremonial instant matcha. To enter the giveaway, simply head to my Instagram and, after you make sure you're following me, 'like' my post, and tag a matcha-loving friend or few. The winner will be announced this Friday, 10/27. 

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PUMPKIN SPICED MATCHA LATTE

Makes 1

1 teaspoon PANATEA ceremonial matcha
1 tablespoon coconut butter
1 teaspoon ashwagandha
½ teaspoon he shou wu
½  teaspoon vanilla extract
½  teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
½ tablespoon raw honey
16 oz. hot (but not boiling) water
pinch of pink himalayan salt

PREPARATION | Combine all ingredients into a blender, add in water, and blend on high for about 60 seconds. Pour and enjoy!


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Transmutation Latte • Welcoming Change

 
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The grounding, superfood-laced recipe that supports body, mind and spirit during times of transition and change. As I've shared, I'm navigating quite a bit of shift within my own life right now, which has ushered in a more introspective period with a heavy emphasis on grounding and caring for my self. We experience life in seasons, in ebbs and flows, and it's silly (not to mention self-sabotaging and painful) to believe otherwise. No one wants to be in an ebb - myself included - but in this last month or so I've discovered some really beautiful, impactful insights from this space.

TRANSMUTATION: the action of changing or the state of being changed into another form.

In my recent explorations of more radical self-care, I have been making this latte almost daily as a late afternoon or evening tonic. It draws upon a medley of ultra-healing, energy-shifting, and medicinal ingredients designed to support all realms of the self (body, mind, spirit) during the vulnerable, revealing, and sometimes-scary process that is transmutation. 

TRANSMUTATION POWDER | A completely next-level blend of nutritive ingredients designed to support the human body and mind during times of transition. Rich in raspberry ketones (for weight and metabolism support), saffron (a natural antidepressant aiding in emotional and energetic balance), greens and algae (for mineralization, alkalinity, and cellular detoxification), and digestion- and mood-supporting enzymes, this particular combination is unlike any I have ever found before. A must have for any high-vibe kitchen. 

REISHI | A medicinal mushroom that I find to be incredibly grounding. Reishi imparts a calming effect upon the nervous system, taking you out of fight-or-flight stress freak out mode and into a more relaxed, easeful state of being. 

ASHWAGANDHA | Perhaps my favorite adaptogenic herb of them all. Like reishi, ashwagandha's adaptogenic properties offset stress, balance emotional health, and nourish the system as a whole.

PROBIOTICS | Because gut health equates emotional health.

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TRANSMUTATION LATTE

12 oz. unsweetened plant milk, warmed
1 teaspoon transmutation powder
1 teaspoon reishi powder
1 teaspoon ashwagandha powder
¼ teaspoon probiotic powder
heaping spoonful of collagen peptides (optional)
touch of raw honey
 

PREPARATION | Warm your milk on the stove until hot, but not boiling. Combine all ingredients in a blender, and process until smooth. Close your eyes, set an intention, and sip slowly. Serves 1.

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Hibiscus Rose Beauty Latte

 

By now, most of you know that skin health is a major priority in my life, and that I'm meticulous about how I tend to my face. But to a large degree, how clear, glowy, and luminous our skin looks is a result of what's going on internally. Supplementing a diet rich in whole foods with those that work specifically to nourish the skin is key to achieving a fresh complexion and true inside-out radiance. And because you guys are loving on all things latte-inspired right now, I felt inspired to blend a latte with serious beautifying benefits using a few of my favorite, most potent skin-soothers. The result is this swoony, velvety hibiscus infusion laced with rosewater, collagen, pearl, and cult-favorite Beauty Butter.

HIBISCUSFor a cell-deep dose of anti-aging antioxidants and vitamin C. Hibiscus brightens and heals the skin, supports detoxification and elimination, tames excess heat and inflammation, and pacifies the always-in-overdrive nervous system for less stress and more bliss. All essentials for that coveted lit-from-within glow.

COLLAGEN | If you've yet to jump on the bandwagon, now is the time. Collagen is the main structural protein found in our skin and other connective tissues, and as we age the naturally-occurring levels within our body begin to decrease, causing skin to age, wrinkle, and dull. Supplementing with collagen helps to repair and heal damaged skin tissue, creates a plumping effect, and adds an overall glow. Collagen also serves to rebuild the digestive lining, in turn elevating our gut health, which is of course intimately connected to skin health.

ROSEWATER | When ingested, rosewater has a calming, cooling, hydrating, and inflammation-fighting effect on the skin. It also deeply nourished the nervous system, reducing stress and anxiety for fewer emotionally-charged breakouts and bouts of inflammation.

PEARL | At first glance, supplementing with pearl sounds extravagant, expensive, and very much on the trendy, unsubstantial side. And while it does feel undeniably luxurious, it's not as costly as one would assume and is an ancient beauty ritual long revered in Asian cultures (who generally boast the most amazing complexions). Powdered pearl is rich in beautifying antioxidants, enzymes, and minerals, and contains signal proteins that stimulate the natural regeneration of collagen. After just a few days of consistent use, I always notice positive differences in my skin tone and clarity. 

BEAUTY BUTTERA favorite beauty-boosting treat for hydrated, clear, glowy skin. Pearl Butter's Beauty Butter is a mix of stone-ground and impossibly dreamy coconut butter (which alone is incredibly nourishing for the skin), antioxidant-rich pink dragonfruit, pearl powder, and collagen. Swoon.


HIBISCUS ROSE BEAUTY LATTE

Serves 1

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 tsp organic hibiscus powder
  • 1 tbsp Bulgarian rosewater
  • 2 tbsp collagen peptides
  • 1/2 tsp pearl powder
  • 1.5 cups warmed unsweetened nut/seed milk 
  • 1-2 tbsp Pearl Beauty Butter (can substitute with regular coconut butter, if needed)
  • Optional: touch of raw honey

Preparation: Combine all ingredients in a blender, and process on medium-high for 60 seconds. Pour, sip, and savor. 


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Cooling Hibiscus, Aloe and Rosewater Tonic

 

June is here and I can hardly believe it! These past few months have truthfully FLOWN by in my world, but I have every intention of slowing it down and cultivating a bit more presence now that my favorite season has (almost, officially) arrived. 

I find summer to be so intoxicating. Even as I've grown older and the definition of summer has shifted (you mean I don't get three months of work off?), I still find it to be the most magical and exciting time of year. Everything feels light and bright and sun-soaked, and the food (the food!) is just the best. 

But, summer is an also incredibly taxing season for the body and mind. Since diving into the study of Ayurveda, I've come to realize how imbalanced we really do become during these intense few months. A foundational belief of Ayurveda is that we are one with nature, and our lives should reflect the changes of the seasons. The rising external heat creates a corresponding excess of internal heat within the body, and if we aren't mindful of how we eat and live, we can fall victim to a number of physical and emotional imbalances as a result. Think inflammation, cardiovascular stress, digestive upset, skin breakouts, and a mess of emotional highs and lows. We get extra fiery, and it's reflected in our disposition and our ability (or struggle) to manage the stresses of daily life. 

What makes the art and science of Ayurveda so brilliant is that with each season comes its own set of guidelines, designed to help us live in harmony with (instead of resistance to) the ebb and flow of the natural world. And once we make the commitment to live in accordance with these natural laws, we open ourselves up to experience truly radiant and flourishing health in body, mind, and sol

It only makes sense that our dietary and lifestyle practices during summer be focused on tempering our internal flames. As an extremely fiery Leo, I can attest to how out of balance I feel during summer when not living in alignment with these guidelines. In terms of food, think: light, hydrating, cooling, and sweet foods. Sweet, water-rich fruits and vegetables should serve as the basis of your diet, accompanied by easy-to-digest fats and proteins (ghee, avocado, coconut, sunflower seeds, brown rice, seafood, and chicken). 

I also love to draw upon herbs and botanicals to support the cooling and tempering of body and mind. Today's recipe is a blend of my favorites in one ultra-cooling and refreshing summer tonic. Though not *technically* Ayurvedically-aligned, it also doubles as the base for a fabulous seasonal libation. I recommend tequila, if you so choose.

HIBISCUSA potent source of bio-available vitamin C and antioxidants, hibiscus is an ideal immunity-boosting nutritive. It also reduces high blood pressure, balances cholesterol levels, supports liver function, flushes toxins from the body, brightens and heals the skin, soothes digestion, and decreases body temperature - all areas of health that fall into imbalance during summer. I especially love hibiscus infusions for their calming effect on the nervous system, helping to reduce anxiety, stress, anger, and other fiery manifestations within the realms of emotional health.  

ROSEWATERRoses for president. Really. I just can't get enough, and find myself adding a splash of this cure-all to nearly everything these days. I wrote a whole post dedicated to this botanical's healing properties a while back (which you can find here), but it's another ultra-calming and cooling plant that works wonders on the cardiovascular, skin, digestive, and emotional systems. 

ALOEDigestion-soothing, inflammation-taming, skin-nourishing, and a powerful adaptogen. Aloe supports the nervous system, helping to reduce emotional imbalances and restore clarity of mind for a more calm cool and collected internal state. 


COOLING HIBISCUS ALOE TONIC

TO MAKE | Combine all ingredients, mixing together until well combined. I typically choose to keep my tonic unsweetened (unless making it a cocktail), as I find the flavors to taste best unadorned. Served chilled, and garnished with a sprinkle of dried rose petals. Makes two servings.


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