Tigernut Mylk Winter Warmers

Ditch the icy walk to the barista this winter and instead take a few minutes to make your own  selection of immune boosting Tigernut mylk lattes.
Tigernut mylk is an ancient brew that has been used through the ages to help combat health conditions.
Traditionally a Nigerian and (later) a Spanish drink known as Horchata, Tigernut mylk is rich in essential vitamins and minerals and is a down right delicious dairy, nut and soy free milk alternative. While we love sipping on refreshing Tigernut mylk during the warmer parts of the year, nothing beats curling up on the couch with a warm, comforting Tigernut brew during the chilly winter months.
Turmeric Latte
Turmeric x Tigernut Mylk = Anti-inflammatory + Immune boosting super powers!
While turmeric lattes are gaining popularity in some hip ‘n’ healthy cafes, this delish brew is super-easy to make at home. Turmeric is high in curcumin, a potent antioxidant with anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial, gastrointestinal health properties which have been linked to the prevention of cancer and help manage inflammatory conditions such as arthritis, asthma, eczema and inflammatory bowel disease [1]. 
Tigernuts also contain high levels of immune boosting properties including vitamin E, C and Zinc which you can read up on here
Both turmeric and Tigernut mylk do wonders for your skin  as their anti-inflammatory properties help reduce redness and skin irritation while their anti-bacterial qualities make it great for blemishes and acne.
Black pepper in your latte sound odd? When you combine peppers compound piperine with turmeric it enables curcumin to become 1000 times more bioavailable – so shake shake shake it up (yeah that’s a Taylor Swift reference, sorry).

 

Ingredients:
1 cup Tigernut mylk 

½ tsp. ground turmeric

¼ tsp. ground ginger

1 tsp. honey

Pinch of cinnamon

Pinch of ground black pepper

 

Method:

  1. In a small pot add tigernut milk, turmeric and ginger.  Bringing to a low simmer. Whisk ingredients occasionally for 5 minutes
  2. Remove from heat and add honey. Pour into tea cup and add cinnamon and pepper to garnish.

 

Chai Latte
Antioxidant rich, a digestive aid and an immune-booster, what’s not to love about this centuries-old sweet and spicy beverage? [2] While chai lattes have been a hit in the cafe scene for a while now, many are made on chai concentrates packed full of sugars that will spike your insulin levels and make you crash later in the day. Thankfully this version made with fresh cinnamon can help lower blood glucose levels. Nutritionist Natasha Jordan also explains that the protein found in Tigernuts “can help your blood sugar stay balanced and your energy levels remain stable throughout the day.”

 

Ingredients
1 whole clove

2 cinnamon sticks

3 thin slices of fresh ginger

¼ tsp. ground cardamom

¼ tsp. ground nutmeg

¼ tsp. ground allspice

1 black tea bag

2 tsp. honey

1 cup of Tigernut milk

 

Method:

  1. In a small pot over medium heat, add 1 cup water, cloves, cinnamon sticks, ginger, cardamom, nutmeg, and allspice. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Steep the spices for 5 minutes.
  2. Add the tea bag and steep for another 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in honey and strain the liquid into a small bowl or mason jar.
  3. In a pot over medium heat, add Tigernut mylk and use a whisk to help create froth while heating up.
  4. Pour 1/2 cup of the chai tea into a tea cup. Add frothed, hot Tigernut mylk. Sprinkle with a pinch of cinnamon.

 

Beetroot Latte
Brighten up your winters day with a fun colourful beetroot latte. The combo of Tigernut mylk and beetroot makes for a detoxifying and delicious drink.
Like the humble Tigernut, beetroot is also high essential minerals like potassium which is essential for healthy nerve and muscle function. Beetroot is also a good source of   manganese which is great for your bones, liver, kidney and pancreas [3].

 

Ingredients:

1 small peeled beetroot

1 cup Tigernut milk

1 tsp. honey

½ t ground cinnamon

¼ tsp. ground ginger

 

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 220 degrees. Wrap the beetroot in foil and pierce with a fork a few times. Bake for 20-30 minutes, or until soft.
  2. Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Strain out the liquid using a strainer.
  3. In a pot over medium heat, add Tigernut milk . Use a whisk to continuously stir until foamy and warm. Pour into a cup and sprinkle with cinnamon and ginger

 

Love TFF xx

 

1. https://www.thehealthychef.com/2016/08/how-to-make-healing-turmeric-latte/

2. http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/food-and-nutrition-articles/chai-tea

3. http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/01/25/beets-health-benefits.aspx

 

Recipes adapted and modified from www.tonitup.com‘s latte recipes.

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