Pink Moon Milk
It’s been a second since I posted a recipe here. When we moved to stage 4 of the National Lockdown, we re-opened the store and it’s been crazy town ever since. How have you been? I’ve been well.
I am grateful to still have my store and my staff. I’m also thankful to be able to work with my sister. She’s amazing in the kitchen and it’s been great getting to know the 21 year old version of this feisty queen I refer to as my baby sister. I have also been trying to be significantly more intentional about looking after myself. On some days I feel like I’m 27 going on 50, and that is no way to live. For starters I’ve scaled my days back from 16 hour days by not taking my laptop home from work daily. I have also fully transitioned back to a vegetarian diet, and cut back on dairy significantly (but boy do I miss bacon, sushi and pork ribs).
I have also been a little more intentional about getting enough sleep, and making sure it’s quality sleep. This has been a struggle as I often wake up at 3am and have to bargain with my brain to let me sneak in an extra two hours of sleep. While I succeed on most days, other night’s aren’t that great. I recently came across this ideas of moon milk which is said to have amazing sleep aiding benefits, and while some recipes were pretty simple, others sounded a little like a spell I’d expect o find in the library at Hogwarts. Being the lazy person I am in the area of nighttime routines, I was looking for something natural, easy to whip up and tasty. If it was pink without artificial colouring, even better. And that, my darling, is how I came to discover pink moon milk.
What is Moon Milk?
Moon milk is a dreamy warm beverage originating in Ayuverdic traditions that was used to help with sleep. Imagine a version of a night cap sans the alcohol and can be part of a daily sleep routine. Traditionally, moon milk is made by combining milk (cow’s milk, soy milk or nut milks all work just fine), spices which can include cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom and a host of others, and lastly, a herb with adaptogenic properties is also thrown in the mix. In essence, these are herbs with properties that assist with resisting stress and anxiety. Adaptogenic herbs include ashwaganda and reishi mushrooms. Don’t worry, no psychedelic properties here. Pinky promise.
Also, seeing that Moon milk is a new wellness trend, its obviously gotta be instagram-worthy so modern twists also include a coloured powder with health benefits in the mix – these can include beetroot powder, matcha, or turmeric which help with reducing stress and contain antioxidants.
With all that said, I’m no doctor so I will disclaim, that check with your doctor before you give it a go, but it’s worked for me. Alternatively, stick to more basic recipes of warm milk and honey – Either way, there’s nothing quite like cuddling up in bed on a cold winter night with a warm creamy beverage before a good night’s sleep. And maybe sneak in a chocolate chip cookie?
This recipe is an adaptation of a yummy recipe I found on a vegetarian blog called Choosing Chia. I’ve included links for the beetroot powder and the Aswagandha powder, but you may be able to find it at a Whole foods store or at some Dischem Stores.
Pink Moon Milk
Makes 2 servings.
- 2 cups of milk (I use lactose-free milk but any dairy, soy or nut milk should work fine)
- 1 tsp beet powder
- 2 tsp honey
- 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ashwagandha
- pinch of nutmeg
- pinch of salt
- dried rose petals, or lavender petals (optional, but great for the gram pics)
- Add all the ingredients to a small pot or sauce pan over a medium-high heat.
- Mix together until incorporated and warm enough to your liking.
- I use an immersion blender to mix until frothy but this is optional.
- Top with edible flower petals or a dusting of cinnamon.
- Take to bed, sip on your creamy, yummy drink and sleep tight!
Enjoy, and let me know if it helps.