TURMERIC COFFEE (of your dreams)

(Photo + words by Denby Royal)

(Photo + words by Denby Royal)

Some well earned insight and coffee wisdom from holistic nutritionist, Denby Royal. I love this human. She came to me during my time living in a new city - a new journey beaming with light not knowing our friendship would continue to unfold and blossom and she's here to share a warming recipe on a cold winters day. You're welcome!

"I gave up coffee once.

It was for about a year and a time of deep mental and physical healing. And I am talking deep here. Every inch of my anima, atma, essence, and entity was scrubbed clear through a process of meditation, introspective work, and most importantly, eating and drinking nothing even remotely entertaining. I rationed myself down to the foodstuffs that would leave me squeaky clean and poppin' green. I rewired my adrenals, revived my liver, and fortified my intestinal system. I consumed all fresh greens and veggies, zero refined or high concentrated sources sugar, no grains, no processed foods, and diddly-squat when it came to dairy. 

Sounds amazing, right? It was amazing for my being, but it was also amazingly isolating and limiting. Although cutting out all the things were necessary for me to do the work and find my personal flow, it cut me off from a multitude of treats and good times. In doing this physical experiment, I knew full well that I would be reintroducing everything that I cut out. But with a catch, I needed to see what worked for my body on it's own, and what could be tweaked to meet my personal constitution. 

Maybe things never really fit back in entirely. Grains are a once-every-few-months food, almonds are an absolute adversary, and alcohol has never really been my jam anyways, so I more than happy to stick to the odd glass of wine here and there. 

But coffee. 

By mixing it with creamy fats, I found a way to keep coffee in my life without sacrificing myself to the jitterbug jive. Besides being delicious, added fats slow down the release of caffeine into your system, giving you a steady supply of energy as opposed to a rapid high and a possibly nasty burnout. All I am left with is a  beverage capable of increasing mental clarity, stimulating my metabolism, and arousing my taste buds."

The other goodies I like to include:

- Cordyceps for their added brain boosting potency and adaptogenic prowess

-Cinnamon for flavour, anti-inflammation, and it's ability to improve insulin sensitivity (needed since excess caffeine can throw off cortisol levels, in turn, effecting how your body responds to insulin)

-Turmeric as a needed antioxidant and anti-inflammatory powerhouse. Also, the smoky FLAVOUR of turmeric in coffee is mind-blowingly complex and delicious. It is also reputed to amp up the Brain-Derived Neurotropic Factor needed to increase the growth of new neurons. I prefer turmeric paste as it takes away some of the bitterness in the turmeric and helps release the ample flavours and lush aromas of the spice. 

-Collagen gelatin not only adds a thick and creamy texture, but is in essence, the glue that holds the body together. It is needed for healthy skin, bones, hair, nails, teeth, muscles, and digestive organs.

Fatty Turmeric Coffee Concoction:

2 cups organic, fair-trade coffee brewed to your taste. I brew mine in a Moka press, with hot water added like an americano.  Alternatively, you could add some full-fat cream or coconut milk.

2 tbsp MCT oil or coconut oil (I prefer how coconut oil blends into the beverage) 

1 tsp grass-fed butter (optional)

1/4 tsp ground turmeric or turmeric paste (recipe below)

1/2 tsp ground cordyceps

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

2 scoops grass-fed collagen gelatin (you’ll need they gelatin to get it frothy!)

tools: a large pitcher that can support hot liquid, a spoon, and a hand-held frother.*

Pour the brewed coffee (and hot water if using) into a large pitcher. Avoid filling the pitcher up more than half way as once you start whipping the mixture with the frother, you wont want swells of coffee streaming over the edge of the pitcher.  Add the oil and butter, and turmeric paste, if using. Give it a quick stir to break up the clumps. Add the cordyceps and cinnamon and stir again. Grab your frother a give it a few whirls. To achieve a thicker foam, move the frother in circular and up and down motions to along air to circulate through the mixture. One scoop at a time, start slowly pouring in the collagen gelatin. Don’t pour it all in or you’ll be left with clumps of jelly throughout your coffee.

Once you’ve arrived at the think foam of your dreams, pour the mixture into your favourite mug and add more water, if desired. 

*Why an I not using a high speed blender? Two reasons: Firstly, I don’t have one. Secondly, you won’t get a thick barista-worthy frothy foam with a blender alone. 

Turmeric Paste:

1 cup water

3 tbsp turmeric powder

Add the water and turmeric powder to a sauce pan and cook on a low heat until you have a creamy paste, about 10-15 minutes. Store in the fridge in an air-tight container for 2-3 weeks.

*For more words, delicious recipes and inspiration for all WOMEN I insist you check her out @Denbyroyal