Ultra-nourishing lattes keep me feeling sustained during the cold Winter months. Cozy up with this coffee-free frothy, black latte that will enrich both body and heart! ❤️
A foundational principle of health in Eastern traditions relies upon the balance (or rebalancing) of the opposing energies of yin and yang. In our culture, so much emphasis is placed on the outward-focused energy of yang. This obsession comes at the cost of yin, which is depleted by overactivity and stress. Thankfully, our yin energy can be replenished by slowing down, nourishing the nervous system, and utilizing herbs that help to create balance.
We can also create balance during the cold, rough, dry winter months with nourishing fats and grounding foods. This recipe is a wonderful balance of yin qualities, healthy fats, and a longevity boosting herb to sustain vitality.
Yin Nourishing Longevity Sesame Latte
Gather Your Ingredients
2 cups raw milk, or favorite non dairy milk
2 tablespoons black tahini
½ vanilla bean, scraped
2 pitted Medjool dates
½ teaspoon he shou wu powder
Make Your Latte
Gently heat the milk on low until steamy. If using raw milk, do not allow it to come to a boil. Stir frequently to avoid scalding your milk..
Add the warmed milk and remaining ingredients to your high speed blender and blitz until nice and frothy and creamy. Pour into your favorite mug and enjoy.
Option: blend the milk and black tahini first, then strain through a nut milk bag. This will give you a creamier texture, but will remove the fiber - which I'm a fan of.
Gently warmed raw milk is super winter-friendly. Pasteurized, homogenized milk is denatured and not as good for the body. I get my raw milk locally at Redmond Heritage Farm store. If you're feeling heavier energy, swap the raw milk for a nut milk of your choice.
He shou wu is a yin herb that deeply nourishes the body's tissues. It inhibits MAO-B, which increases dopamine levels. This makes it mood-lifting, which can soften seasonal affectivve disorder. He shou wu is used to enhance longevity and reduce gray hair. It's one of my favorite herbs of all time! I love the brand Root and Bones (no affiliation).