Friday, July 19, 2013

Fig and Turmeric Paradise Shake

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I had just bought some amazing local raw honey and fresh non-homogenized milk when I thought of this recipe.  I wanted to make something that incorporated these two divine foods: milk and honey.  Being that it is Summer in Atlanta I chose to make a cool shake that is sweet and delicious enough to call a dessert yet healthy enough to be a breakfast.

I can't help but feel a sense of reverence about this recipe.  Milk, honey, turmeric, and figs are ancient foods frequently mentioned in religious writings.  The history associated with these foods gives them a sacred quality I had in mind when making this drink.

I'm sure you're all familiar with milk and honey, but turmeric is less common in American cooking.  Turmeric has long been used in the Ayurvedic tradition as a healing food and is a staple in Indian cooking.  It is now gaining popularity in the West for its medicinal properties.  Turmeric is a natural anti-inflammatory. Inflammation is the root of disease, so turmeric has been shown to help with health problems ranging from Arthritis to Alzheimers and beyond.  It's time for us to listen to this ancient wisdom and give turmeric a chance.

The flavor is intense and earthy.  If you don't like it, try it in a curry where the other spices balance it.  I personally like the flavor and love its golden hue.

The land of milk and honey is the land of plenty.  This drink reminds me to see the abundance in my life and exude gratitude everyday.  Plus, it is delicious!

Fig and Turmeric Paradise Shake


1 cup milk or milk alternative
1/2 tsp ground turmeric
1 tsp honey (I don't like it very sweet.  You may want to add more especially if you're new to turmeric)
3 large figs or 5-6 smaller figs
1 cup ice

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.  Makes 1 large shake.

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