Pose a ‘Punk a Question, October 2017 Edition!

“What is your favorite
warm-you-up beverage?”

Just in case this rainy, cold weather has left you chilly….brrr…

WE WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU for the November 2017 edition of Pose a ‘Punk a Question. So if you have a thought provoking query related to acupuncture, Chinese Medicine or general wellness, DROP US A LINE.

And remember…there are prizes if we draw your question next month!

In no particular order, here are our responses to the query above!
Hayley Stobbs, R.Ac., CNC
Christina Chan, R.Ac.
Stefanie Miska, TCM.P.
Susan Shields, R.Ac.

Hayley’s favorite bevie:

My favourite warm up beverage this past week has been Autumn Spiced Coffee, made with either decaf coffee or Dandy Blend instant dandelion beverage. The blend of ingredients benefits digestion, boosts energy, and  helps to counteract the damp-cold climatic influences of fall and winter.

Get the recipe here,

Christina’s favorite bevie:

GOLDEN MILK to warm you from the inside out &
soothe achy muscles and joints!

I usually eyeball 1 tsp of dried tumeric
+ 1/2 tsp EACH of cinnamon & dried ginger
+ 1 pinch EACH of nutmeg & black pepper

Bring almond milk to a gentle boil, then add your spices and stir thoroughly so you don’t end up with clumps.

Drop 1 tsp of butter or coconut oil + honey to taste in at the end.
*Keep stirring so that the ingredients don’t separate
**If you’re feeling fancy, you can stir in 2 tsp of cocoa into it too!

Additional points:
– The fats enhance absorption of the active anti-inflammatory components of the spices + is nourishing for your nervous system
– If you can find fresh tumeric, grate it in place of the dried spice
– Dried ginger is effective at warming your interior, whereas, fresh ginger is better for relieving the exterior (ie. achy muscles due to viral infection)

Stefanie’s favorite bevie:

I infuse all of my warm drinks in the fall with warming spices. They can be added to coffee, decaf, hot chocolate, black tea and even coffee substitutes like chicory and dandelion.

My go to additions are: cinnamon, clove, cardamom, ginger, nutmeg.

Think anything pumpkin or chai spice. These herbs are warming and invigorating, making them great for warming up the body on a cold day, but also aids in digestion and have immune boosting properties!

Susan’s favorite bevie:

This fall masala chai has been my favorite warm beverage. This is the recipe I start from. Use whatever milk you are into and rooibos instead of black tea if you want something caffeine free.


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