PUMPKIN PIE SPICE ALMOND MILK
I have had a crappy couple months, I must say. There has been the loss of 3 loved ones, the election, a compromised immune system that has left me with a cough/cold/flu all season — and a bad virus that stuck me in bed for 2 weeks and made me cancel my staycation with my husband for our anniversary celebration. I am O-V-E-R 2016.
And to make matters worse, I am currently unable to practice taekwondo — the one therapy that allows me take my mind off life and its stresses. Last weekend, I was instructed to do a flying side-kick with 2 feet against the board/pad of impact — and upon my landing, I heard a SNAP, CRACK, POP — on my knee that already has a fully torn ACL. I cried. I literally cried like a baby in front of the entire class, curled up in a fetal position on the floor — and my Grandmaster had to cancel class for the rest of the students. I was so sad and so embarrassed. I have no idea now if I can test for what I’ve been working on during every non-kid/non-work waking hour. Time (and proactive rehab) will tell.
Anyway, I am in a state of surrender and focused on nourishing my body to heal – in many ways. Emotionally, physically, everything. I started putting collagen (which has numerous anti-inflammatory, anti-aging and restorative properties) back into my mornings lattes and shakes. And to suit the season, I have been now adding it to my new pumpkin spice almond milk beverage. It’s so simple, I can hardly call it a a recipe.
But, it’s so soothing and healing that I had to put it up on the blog with the hope that it helps you too. Make it, put on big socks, then warm up in a ball on your couch cupping your mug.
It’s comforting and soothing — and the ingredients are simple and nourishing. Each ingredient has anti-inflammatory properties and it’s exactly what my soul (and my KNEE!) need.
Here we go with our pumpkin pie spice almond milk recipe. It couldn’t be easier!
+ dash of cinnamon
+ dash of pumpkin pie spice (about 1/4-1/2 teaspoon) (I like Frontier’s no salt blend.)
+ 1-3 teaspoons of collagen.
+ 2-3 drops of stevia or 1-2 teaspoons of honey (or to your liking)
+ pour your chosen almond milk into a sauce pan. add the spices and collagen. heat the pan, allowing it to reach the point of almost boiling.
+ add stevia or honey and stir.
+ pour the liquid mixture into your favorite mug. enjoy. stay warm. heal. indulge in happy energy. and welcome to december.