2020 Natural Health Trend: Elixirs
If coffee and tea just aren’t cutting it and you’ve got smoothie fatigue, a freshly brewed elixir might be your new wellness fix.
Move over morning smoothie, elixirs are the latest health beverage trend.
We’re living in a fast-paced world, and many of us have a habit of gulping down lattes or sodas, filled with too much sugar, caffeine, and empty calories just to keep up. But there’s another way to get a boost from beverages, and while we’ll always love smoothies, wellness elixirs are taking off as satisfying, simple, and super healthy.
In terms of natural health, elixirs do more than just satiate – they provide powerful nutritional benefits in a concentrated cup. A quick online search of “wellness elixir recipes” gives you an idea of the level of popularity they are having right now.
The Power of Elixirs
Although there are many different definitions for the word “elixir” when we talk about elixirs we are referring to a warm, therapeutic beverage made with a variety of natural, healthy ingredients.
Elixirs typically consist of a base of a warmed liquid (water or a nut milk) combined with a beneficial natural ingredient, and the addition of a few elements that may include: a healthy protein or fat source, spices, fruit and/or a sweetener. Some popular elixirs include: chocolate lattes infused with ashwagandha (adaptogenic) and cinnamon, or a lemon ginger steamer (supporting digestion).
A mix of ingredients rounds out the texture and flavour of the beverage but can also act synergistically for greater benefits for your health. For example, the antioxidant, anti-inflammatory compounds in turmeric are made more absorbable by the addition of fat, and black pepper boosts their potency, which is why the traditional elixir – golden milk is so beneficial (see recipe below!).
Other elixirs made with natural boosters and health-targeting ingredients can benefit a range of health concerns from digestion, inflammation, fatigue and stress to warding off colds and flu!
Just as nourishing meals contribute to health, elixirs offer a fortifying, easily digested boost of nourishment that can become a part of your daily lifestyle.
Stock Your Elixir Closet
Your local coffee shop may have hopped on the elixir train (even bulletproof coffee gives a nourishing boost!), but there’s nothing like brewing your own. You may already have some pantry staples to mix your own elixirs, but some ingredients that are good to have on hand include:
- Organic powdered turmeric or fresh turmeric root
- Dandelion root
- Matcha tea powder
- Dried mushrooms
- Your favourite herbal tea
Healthy Fats & Proteins
- Coconut milk
- Coconut oil/ MCT oil
- Hemp seeds
- Collagen powder
- Raw, local honey
- Maple syrup
- Black pepper
Your CHFA Member health food retailer stocks a wide selection of natural ingredients to help you mix up the perfect elixir for you. If you don’t want to go through the trouble of mixing up your own elixir, there are convenient pre-made mixes that you can also find at a health food retailer.
Any Time is Elixir Time
Replacing your morning brew with an elixir provides nourishment, along with the energizing effect of healthy ingredients. They’re also the perfect answer to the mid-afternoon slump and like a smoothie, it can also double up as a snack.
Make it a Daily Ritual
A wellness elixir is also an opportunity for a wellness moment. Taking time in the preparation and enjoyment of your favorite blend of ingredients isn’t just soothing to the body and mind – it cultivates consistency which maximizes the benefits of elixirs.
Find Your Favourites
You can find recipes for wellness elixirs easily online, but you can also play around to concoct your own custom blend that suits your health needs.
Our Favorite Recipe for Golden Milk:
Ingredients (Serves 2)
2 cups cashew milk
1 tbsp turmeric powder
1 tbsp fresh grated ginger
1 tbsp cinnamon
¼ tsp black pepper
Optional (but highly recommended)
1 tsp of honey
A couple of drops of organic pure vanilla extract
- Heat 1½ cups of cashew milk on the stove and warm till it gently starts to bubble, you don’t want to make it too hot.
- In a blender combine ½ cup cashew milk, turmeric, ginger, cinnamon and pepper and blend.
- Pour blended ingredients into the pot with the rest of the cashew milk and add honey and vanilla as desired.
What’s your wellness waiting for? Get brewing!
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