The Nightcap You Should Be Drinking

Golden milk has had a surge in popularity over the past few years within the wellness community, but it has been used within Indian culture for centuries.  Historically known as Haldi ka Doodh (directly translated it means turmeric milk) it has been used to maintain good health and treat various ailments throughout the years.  Haldi ka doodh was often suggested when someone caught a cold in my house growing up, but it never sounded appealing and I somehow (thankfully) managed to avoid having to drink it.

A few years ago I came across a recipe for golden milk which was an updated (translation: more delicious) version of haldi ka doodh and I was intrigued by the many benefits that it was reported to have including being a powerful anti-inflammatory, improving brain and memory function and better immunity.  The benefit that stood out the most for me was that it was a cure for insomnia.  While I was sceptical that this drink would be the miracle sleep potion that I had been searching for, I had spent enough sleepless nights tossing and turning that I was willing to try anything.  Truthfully, golden milk did not send me into dream land for the next eight hours like I had been hoping but it was delicious and very relaxing and that was a start.

Over time I have fine tuned my own golden milk recipe and it has become a tasty part of my wind down ritual before bed.  Filled with healthy fats and warming spices this drink is as comforting as it is delicious. While drinking golden milk doesn’t guarantee a good night’s sleep, it is a delicious, healthy and relaxing beverage that can be enjoyed at any time or the day.

Golden Milk Recipe a la Stylishly Zen

Yields: 1 serving

Ingredients:

1 cup unsweetened almond milk

1 teaspoon coconut oil (virgin, cold pressed)

1 teaspoon raw honey

1/4 teaspoon turmeric

1/4 ground cardamom

pinch of black pepper

sprinkle of cinnamon

Heat the almond milk, coconut oil, turmeric, cardamom and black pepper in a small saucepan over medium heat stirring occasionally until heated through (just under a boil).  Pour into a mug, stir in the raw honey and sprinkle with cinnamon.

Enjoy!

Fall Glow Getters – What You Should Be Eating

To say that I am beauty obsessed is an understatement and I have spent more hours then I care to publicly admit wandering every beauty counter, aisle, website and Sephora that I come across.  But at the end of the day I know that true beauty starts from within – in how you feel and what you eat.  Now that the weather is getting colder and the leaves are changing colour it’s a great time to hit the reset button on your diet to help boost your skin care needs. Here are some of my favourite fall foods to help me look and feel my best:

Apples

The old adage “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” has a lot of truth to it.  Filled with fibre, vitamins and minerals apples are a great addition to everyones diet.  The fibre helps keeps things moving through your digestive system, will keep you feeling fuller for longer then other foods and it will keep your skin glowing with good health.  The skin on apples contains quercetin which is a powerful anti-inflammatory and the vitamin C content helps the body to synthesize collagen for a more youthful appearance along with boosting the immune system.  To reap the full beauty benefits of apples eat them whole rather then without the skin or just drinking apple juice.

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Garlic

Garlic is a staple in my kitchen.  As a natural antibiotic it is also my go to remedy whenever I am feeling a little under the weather.  Filled with antioxidants it helps to combat free radicals in the body.  Garlic is also a rich source of sulphur which is essential for the structure of the skin.

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Ginger

Ginger is great for warming the body during the colder months.  It helps with cellular turnover and blood circulation which helps to transport nutrients around the body and to eliminate toxins quickly.  This detoxifying effect leads to a happier digestive system and clearer more vibrant looking skin.  Try adding ginger to soups and to teas for a tasty boost.

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Walnuts

Walnuts have many health and beauty benefits.  They contain copper that helps to boost collagen production and omega-3 fats (that’s the best kind!) that helps to improve skin’s elasticity.  With all nuts it is important to be mindful of serving sizes – topping your salads or enjoying a handful as a snack is enough to help you reap the beauty benefits.

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Oily Fish

Recently, Victoria Beckham’s interview with The Edit made headlines as she mentioned her favourite skincare secret – she eats salmon every day.  As someone who has experienced the benefits of a fish heavy diet I can personally attest that she is on to something.  Oily fish contains beneficial fats which help to keep the skin looking plump by keeping the skin hydrated from the inside.  Known to be the ultimate internal moisturizer, healthy fats help to keep the cell walls supple.  This is especially helpful in combating the dehydrating effects of summer.  Salmon and sardines are at the top of the my skin savior list.  Try to stick to wild fish as it has a better fat composition compared to farmed fish.

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Pumpkin

Pumpkins are the ultimate fall fruit.  When the leaves begin to change colour pumpkin pies and pumpkin lattes quickly become many people’s dietary staple.  While I am not advocating that more people indulge in either of these sweet treats, pumpkins themselves are filled with many amazing beauty boosting benefits.  Pumpkins are rich in copper and zinc – both minerals play a huge part in achieving healthy hair and skin.  Zinc also helps to maintain collagen, promote skin renewal, fight acne and protect cell membranes.  Pumpkins also contain carotenoids which are phytonutrients that help to improve skin texture, reverse UV damage and promote a healthy glowing complexion.  Vitamins A and C helps to promote collagen production, brighten the skin and improve both firmness and elasticity. Look for new and healthy ways to include this incredible fruit into your diet.  Pumpkin seeds are also a great source of zinc, use them in salads and soups for an added nutritional boost.

Adding any or all of these foods into your diet will help boost your skins radiance and health from within.  Fall is a great time to try new recipes or to find new ways to incorporate these fabulous glow getters into your diet.  Let me know below what your favourite fall foods are and how you like to enjoy them.

I hope that you have a great day! XXS