A favourite of Ayurveda, turmeric is something of a wonder spice. Its brilliant pigment curcumin is a potent natural anti-inflammatory, and has also been shown to very effectively treat a variety of pain-related and rheumatoid illnesses as well as irritable gut symptoms. It is also a highly efficient anti-oxidant, able to neutralise free radicals – harmful chemicals that can travel through the body, destroy healthy cell and membranes and cause any number of diseases, from arthritis to cancer.
Its magic combination of anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties make it our best spicy friend and I like to add its vibrant colour and distinctive flavour to my food whenever I can.
My good friend and yoga teacher Margherita dal Pra introduced me to this delicious dairy-free nog, and now I take it with me almost everywhere I go during the cold winter months. The fragrant anti-bacterial nutmeg warms you up and keeps defences high, while omega-filled sesame and flax provide good nourishing oils and keep you stoked up with energy.
15 almomds, soaked and peeled
1 tbsp flax seed
2 tbsp sesame seeds
1/2 tsp chia seeds
1 pint water
1 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp nutmeg
Blend all the ingredients until smooth and creamy. Enjoy!