Golden Milk


2014/09/24 by nikkiledford

I’ve lived in Southern California for about 99% of my life and it still continues to intrigue and amaze me. This past week I spent an afternoon hanging out in Venice and while I’ve visited before, I’d never really looked though the area with the keen eye of exploration.

I checked out a “real food” shop called Another Kind of Sunrise, a paleo-friendly breakfast bar in the heart of Abbot Kinney. I also took a stroll down to Intelligensia, my #1 favorite coffee roaster for the past 7 or 8 years. I also window-shopped, laid on the beach, walked the canals, I even took a yoga class at a friend’s new studio Yoga Salt.


One of my repeat visits was to the local Whole Foods.

If you have never been to the Venice Whole Foods, you must put it on you list. In most areas, Whole Foods is just another uppity organic grocer. In Venice, Whole Foods is an eccentric, Los Angeleno hippie playground. If I lived closer, I would go just to people watch, let alone actually buy anything. But buy something I did and I was not disappointed in the off-beat offerings from this fanciful location.

Two Words: Golden Milk.

The color drew me in, but the ingredients are what really piqued my interest. I’ve been enjoying making my own cashew milk for the past month or so and the promise of a new delicious, superfood milk inspiration is what justified the $9 a bottle purchase.

golden milk

Golden Milk

2 c. cashew pieces (soaked overnight and rinsed)
7 dates, pitted
2 tsp. turmeric
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. sea salt
6 c. filtered water

1. Blend well in a high-speed blender.


3 thoughts on “Golden Milk

  1. Wow! I’ve got to try this! Thanks for the share..Venice is always interesting 🙂

  2. […] the great hormonal benefits of maca. Also great for coffee alternative drinks. I mix it in with my Golden Milk or Homemade Cashew […]

  3. […] pieces are way less expensive and TJ’s always has great deals on nuts. These are also for the cashew milk that I use for my coffee (with turmeric and cinnamon added their anti-inflammatory […]

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INGREDIENTS // one of my favorite activities is going out for coffee. For me, the sights, sounds, and smells of a coffee shop signal rest and I enter into a state of slowing down, more observing and less doing. Lately, I haven't been out to coffee too often because 1. It's expensive and 2. I don't tolerate dairy and I'm not much of a black coffee drinker so at most shops I'm limited to their dairy-free options. While it's nice to have nut milks available, I have discovered that all the other ingredients in these alternative drinks do NOT do my body any good. 
A solution to would be to bring my own homemade milk, but I don't always have some ready or I forget to put a bit in a small container (which then gives me the fun task of toting around a dirty jar in my car all day). These smaller bottles of almond milk are perfect for adding to my coffee when I'm out as most dairy-free milks come in huge cartons and are inconvenient for a coffee outing.  @popandbottle only uses basic, real food ingredients for their almond milk. They even sweeten it with a bit of date! 
I like to think that I always have a choice about what I put in my body. Sometimes I'll have to settle for black coffee, but if I plan a bit, I can still enjoy my coffee outings without ultimately compromising on what is best for me in the long run. SNACKS // kept it really simple today during meal prep. This is a tasty bowl of yams, banana, almond butter, and coconut flakes. FAST FOOD// Roasted all these veggies last night for a tasty quick lunch. Added a new find from Whole Foods. @goodlovinfoods lemon garlic dip. If you like bitchen sauce, you'll like this (!! bonus, they don't use any soy ingredients either !!) ROUTINE// Who else is meal prepping today? It's a small step that has big impact on your health... body and mind. One less stress to consider in a week full of choices and obstacles. #paleomealprep #sandiegoprivatechef #sandiegopaleo

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