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In true Sakara spirit, we are reclaiming the cult-favorite “pumpkin spice latte” by upgrading the base recipe with high-vibrational ingredients. We steer clear from anything “flavored”—which is often code for fake, preservative-filled, and chemical-laden—and opt for real foods to ensure you reap a cascade of plant-rich benefits. Ginger root, for example, is a master anti-inflammatory herb that balances the immune system and helps to soothe arthritis or menstrual cramps. Cloves contain 30 times the amount of antioxidants as blueberries; one type in particular, eugenol, has been shown to support liver detoxification. Sakara Wellness Coach and “food alchemist,” Sasha Pagni, who developed this recipe, pushed the boundaries on herbal healing by adding in Ayurvedic golden child, turmeric, and sexually-energizing maca to the mix. Sweetened with pitted dates, Pagni describes the flavor profile as not overtly sweet like the saccharine original; instead, it’s earthy, spicy, and subtle. “Use freshly steamed winter squash or pumpkins for best results to give you the creamiest latte imaginable, but of course, a canned puree will work as well,” she says.
Most ingredients are likely already lurking in your pantry—cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla extract, almond butter, to name a few—while maca and fresh knobs of ginger might be new additions but certainly valuable to have on hand throughout the cooler months.
If you have a little extra time on a weekend to turn this elixir-making into a meditative ritual—or crave something to delight yourself and your little ones—there’s a recipe for coconut-cashew whipped cream. Lastly, it’s optional to add a metabolism-revving twist with the aid of Metabolism Super Powder—we’re always sneaking this functional powder in everything we can—but just note, the strong cacao flavor might overshadow the pumpkin spice. “Put this drink together like a slow, warming, witchy ritual and make it your own,” Pagni says.
High-Vibe Pumpkin Spiced Latte
Gotu Kola + Dandelion Herbal Blend
The recipe is flexible; Pagni suggests the base can be your favorite cup of coffee, or if you’re not a coffee drinker, she includes a deeply-cleansing herbal infusion that pairs well with the fall-time flavors. Use gotu kola, an herb prized for third-eye ascension and cognitive focus; dandelion, a classically detoxifying herb; and spicy cinnamon chips. This infusion tastes delicious on its own if you make a large batch and could even help you wean off java, if interested.
Coconut-Cashew Whipped Cream
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By S LIFE MAG • October 16, 2020
Photographer: Sasha Pagni