Antioxidant Boost to Rev Up Metabolism, Increase Circulation and Fight Inflammation

Matcha Green Tea Latte and “Hot” Chocolate Cherry Kiss Cookies

Would you like an antioxidant boost that can really help rev up your metabolism, increase circulation and fight inflammation during the coldest days of winter?
We can draw inspiration from the ancient Indian art of Ayurveda or “the science of life” to add some kick from spices like cinnamon, ginger and cayenne pepper to some old fashioned favorites like chocolate cookies and warm wintry latte’s. Ayurveda reveals simple ways to draw from traditional healing relying on environmental elements, herbalism diet and exercise to name just a few. It is often a challenge during the coldest days of winter,
to resist hibernating on the couch with soothing cups of hot chocolate and whip cream. If you want to get active with ease, try adding an Ayurvedic twist to these classic comfort treats and let the heat rise.

Green tea with Ginger and almond milk latte

! tbs powdered match green tea
1 tsp dried ginger
1 c. hot water
1/4 cup almond/coconut milk steamed/frothed
1 tsp honey or agave or sweetener to taste

Mix dry ingredients together in a mug adding hot water and steamed milk of choice. Sweeten as desired and enjoy! Matcha Green tea has a little caffeine, and ginger is a warming spice that helps improve circulation and digestion. Both contain powerful antioxidants and can be a great pre-work out treat without slowing you down. It is sure to give you an energy boost without jitters.

Want a way to tell your heart I love you this Valentine’s without breaking the calorie bank and getting nutritional boost from protein and iron rich chia seeds, gluten free oats and dark chocolate? Say hello to increase thermogenic effect with the addition of cinnamon and cayenne to this heart-healthy recipe that will really give your tastebuds a whirl

“Hot Chocolate Cherry Kiss Cookies”

1 1/2 cups gluten free oats ( can be ground into flour in blender)
1/12 cups brown rice four
3/4 cup cocoa
1/2 cup or more chia seeds
1/2 cup or more water to help chia seeds gel ingredients together
1 tbsp cinnamon
1/2 -3/4 tbsp cayenne ( optional)
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1-2 tbs margarine
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup applesauce
1/2 cup-3/4 cup dried, unsweetened cherries
1/2 cup- 3/4 cup vegan chocolate chips
zest of 1 small orange

After mixing all these ingredients together, form 1 inch balls and bake at 350* for about 15-20 minutes! Enjoy:-)

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