I recently shared my easy turmeric latte recipe with you, and today I want to offer-up an iced turmeric latte for those who prefer cold drinks. I always tend to gravitate towards iced coffees, iced teas and other cold drinks, myself!
This iced turmeric latte recipe is yet another great way to incorporate the healing benefits of turmeric in your daily routine. It’s also a wonderful way to utilize the turmeric golden paste that you may have on hand.
Iced Turmeric Latte Recipe
Turmeric is such a powerful spice! It’s been used for centuries by people from all around the world to treat a myriad of common ailments from cold and flu to arthritis and beyond. Turmeric is even thought to help treat and prevent some types of cancer. While I’m not sure if this is true, the research is compelling enough to give this fabulous ingredient some close study.
I feel like we’re really only scratching the surface when it comes to understanding just how powerful this ingredient can be in our lives, but one thing is certain, getting a little turmeric into your diet each week is great for your overall health and wellness.
Of course, you should definitely consult your physician before taking turmeric during pregnancy.
As with any ingredient or home remedy, turmeric should be just one small part of an overall healthy lifestyle. In other words, enjoy this turmeric iced latte a couple times a week, not three times a day, every day!
I especially love adding a little turmeric to my diet when I feel those first sniffles coming on.
This iced turmeric latte recipe is a great way to combat cold and flu. You may also want to try my turmeric gummies or detox turmeric tea to help fight cold and flu symptoms.
Please let me know your thoughts if you decide to give this iced turmeric latte recipe a whirl!
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Looking to gain weight fast but don’t want to eat junk? In this article, Beauty and Tips takes a look at the best 20 healthy foods to eat in order to gain weight quickly.
For some people, gaining weight is the easy bit. Losing it, however? It’s super duper hard! Others are the opposite. They find it easy to lose weight but ridiculously hard to gain it! There can be a few reasons for this, including body type, a fast metabolism, genetics, diet and lack of exercise. We’re all different and what works for some people when it comes to gaining weight won’t necessarily work for us. That said, there are certain healthy foods that can be very effective when it comes to weight gain. Here are 20 of the best. Eat these and combine them with regular exercise to put on the pounds.
Some people love milk and can easily drink it by itself in a glass, while others absolutely hate it and will only “drink” it when it’s in their hot beverage or poured on their cereal. If you happen to hate it, it might be time to suck up your dislike for milk and try to get a liking for it. See, people have been drinking milk for years and years to gain more muscle. It’s got all the essential macro nutrients – fats, carbs and protein – and it’s also one of the best sources of calcium.
To start out, try drinking a glass of milk in the afternoon when you feel a bit hungry. Look at it as being like a snack. Then, pair a glass up with a meal before downing another glass before bed. If you workout, you can also drink a glass of milk pre and post-workout. The more milk you drink, the more protein you add to your diet – and therefore the more weight you gain. The best thing about milk is that it’s such a simple way to get more protein into your diet. Organic milk is always a better choice.
How to gain weight fast? Eat some eggs! Another good product, eggs are a calorie dense food that are ideal for piling on the weight mighty fast. Ever seen the movie Rocky? If you have, you’ll surely remember the scene where the boxer downs a glass of raw eggs before working out. HOWEVER, we’re not saying you should do that!
Because eggs are something of a nutritional powerhouse, they’re definitely one of the healthiest ways you can gain weight quickly. They also don’t cost much, can be bought anywhere, and they’re super versatile – you can poach ‘em, scramble ‘em, boil ‘em, fry ‘em, turn ‘em into an omelette and so on.
Real Nut Butters
Used to eating dairy butter? If you want to gain weight fast the healthy way, it’s time to start exploring the wonder of real nut butter! Real nut butter is stuffed with fats and protein, which means it’s a great choice if you’re looking to gain weight fast but don’t want to be unhealthy while you’re at it. Just a single tablespoon contains 4g of protein and 100 calories.
Peanut butter is our favourite as it’s so nutrient dense, tasty and versatile. It can easily be spread on whole grain bread, used as a dip or even mixed into your morning bowl of oatmeal. Among its nutrients are vitamin B3, vitamin E, magnesium and folate. And, hey, who doesn’t like peanut butter?!
Like milk, rice is a simple, convenient and low-cost way of putting more weight on fast. It’s rich in carbs, with a cup also containing almost 200 calories. This means you can get a lot of calories and carbs from just one serving. Rice is convenient because you can literally eat it on the go. Not got much time at work? Take a pack of microwavable rice with you, heat it up in less than two minutes and combine it with another pre-made meal. Voila. Alternatively, you could plan ahead and prepare a big pot of rice on Sunday and then add it to dishes containing good fats and proteins as the week goes on.
Okay, we hear you, you already eat fruit. But what kind? Most of us go for the likes of oranges, bananas, apples and pears. While there’s nothing wrong with any of these fruits (all fruits are amazing!), if you’re trying to gain weight the healthy way you should definitely start adding more tropical fruits to your diet.
Tropical fruits – which include pineapple, papaya, mangos and bananas – are ideal for you right now, because they are rich in natural sugars. This means they give you a boost in energy and can therefore fire your metabolism, help you burn more fat and help you last longer in the gym. Easiest way to eat more tropical fruit per day? Blend them into a smoothie!
Speaking of bananas…
Bananas are a tropical fruit and they shouldn’t be discounted. They’re inexpensive to buy, easy to peel and eat, taste good, and they help us to put on weight. In fact, a single medium banana contains around 100 calories, which is pretty amazing!
Bananas are also a good source of potassium and dietary fibre, both of which are essential for a good diet. They also contain a decent amount of sugar, which is why they’re so popular with athletes. Bananas also make for a pretty good post-workout snack, though you should’t eat too many of them.
Salmon is one of the best seafood sources of good fats and protein and it contains a high amount of omega-3 fatty acids. But it’s the protein count we’re interested in here, and a 170g serving of salmon contains around 34g of protein that will help you build weight and gain muscle.
Prefer tuna over salmon? Love them both equally?!
Tuna is another great way to gain weight fast and the healthy way, provided you eat meat. It’s rich in proteins, essential oils and – perhaps most importantly – good fats. Tuna is easy to prepare, too. It can be bought in a can, or you can buy a tuna sandwich from your local sandwich shop! And tuna steak anyone?! Because it’s so inexpensive and easy to prepare and eat, the protein-rich tuna should definitely be on your list of groceries from now on.
Are supplements healthy? Of course! The difference between a supplement and a food product is that the latter tastes better and feels more rewarding. However, you can get plenty of nutritional value from a supplement, and protein supplements are a great way to put on more weight.
Not sure about protein supplements? Try protein bars instead. They are exactly what you need if you want to gain weight fast and the healthy way. They’re stuffed with protein (obviously!) and make an awesome snack. Make sure to read the label first, though, as some protein bars will be rich in sugar and bad fats.
Let’s face it, it’s become impossible to write a list of the 10 or 20 most important foods you can eat for whatever reason without including avocado. It was basically the celebrity vegetable of last year and it’s destined to claim that crown again in 2018. It’s everywhere – including on your best friends socks! While it’s suddenly become cool to eat avocado, there are also very good health reasons why we should eat more of it. Avocados contain plenty of good fats and fibre, which means they leave you full for longer while looking after your heart. Go avocados! They also contain lots of vitamin E, folic acid, potassium and make a fine addition to salads, sandwiches and scrambled eggs. Or, you could just spread them on toast. Either way, you’re winning!
Dried fruit, like raisins and dates, are small, convenient, tasty and they get your metabolism firing. They’re also a great source of energy and can help you gain weight the easy and cheap way. Make sure to go for the fresh kind and you’re all golden!
Provided that you eat meat in the first place, you should make it your aim to eat more because there’s more protein in meat than most other food sources. But while white meat is a good source, red meat has way more calories, with a 250g serving of steak containing 60g of protein and 600 calories. But what do we mean by processed meat? Essentially, we’re talking about top quality meat that hasn’t been processed. This means we’re not talking about the likes of bacon, salami, hot dogs and sausages. All of these are calorie dense, but they can also increase your risk of developing diseases such as cancer. When you do eat meat, try to pair it up with as many vegetables as possible.
Smoothies pack a MASSIVE nutritional punch and can help you gain weight fast and, of course, the healthy and fun way. Pick a smoothie with the right ingredients – coconut milk, peanut butter, fresh fruit, vegetables and so on – and you can pile on the weight without feeling bad. Awesome.
Vegetarians in particular need to get their fat from somewhere and cheese is an excellent source. Cheese is rich in calcium but – more importantly right now – it’s also calorie dense and contains lots of protein. As such, it’s a great way to gain weight fast. That said, as nutritious as it is, it’s important that you don’t consume too much in one go, as a lot of cheeses are also calorific.
We know what you want to say. You’ve been told that granola is packed with sugar, unhealthy and that you should avoid it. And, hey, we’re not going to argue with that. But we’re here to talk about natural granola, which is completely better for you because it contains zero added refined sugar. If you want to gain weight, this tasty cereal is a great way to kick-off your day. Natural granola can be found pre-made in the supermarket but there’s also nothing stopping you from making your own. It honestly doesn’t take long at all, but whatever you decide to do – don’t forget the honey!
How good do you feel now that we’ve included dark chocolate on this list of goods that can help you gain weight fast! Elegant, indulgent, pleasurable, dark chocolate is a feel-good food that’s remarkably really healthy for us. In fact, some nutritionists would go as far as calling dark chocolate a super food.
Where the point of this article is concerned, dark chocolate is a great way to gain more weight because a single 100g bar contains around 520 calories. That’s pretty good, and because the same bar of chocolate is also rich in enzymes and antioxidants, it’s good for your heart and your mood. That being said, dark chocolate also contains a lot of sugar so it’s important that you don’t overdo things. Just 2-3 squares per day should be enough.
Can coffee actually help you to gain weight? The right kind can. Black coffee with no milk is hardly going to help you pile on the pounds, but the lacks of espressos with milk and lattes can. Granted, the gains will be small but if you’re a big coffee fan, every little counts.
Anyone who’s looking to get healthier will always ask the same question: What oil should I be cooking with? It’s a good question but an even more important question right now is: What healthy cooking oil will help me to gain weight?
Avocado, coconut and olive oils are all super healthy oils that are also calorie dense. A single tbs of olive oil contains almost 120 calories, but you don’t have to just cook with it – you can also drape it over your bread and salads for taste and weight gain. It’s also worth pointing out that quality matters where these oils are concerned. Pay more for the better oils and stay away from highly processed ones.
Do you have other tips on gain weight fast? Feel free to share them in the comment section below.
You can be genetically predisposed to an eating disorder
Considering eating disorders are incredibly common, you might be curious to know what causes these unhealthy relationships with food and mirrors in the first place. The long and the short answer is both your genetics and societal influences. "We say that genetics load the gun and environment pulls the trigger," explains Bonnie Brennan, the senior clinical director of Adult Services at Eating Recovery Center in Denver, Colorado. "Genetic predisposition, though not necessary, can play a big part in the risk." A study in 2011 confirms that for white females, developing an eating disorder has a high degree of heritability. "More research is needed to determine the prevalence of eating disorders among those of different races and ethnicities, but we do see symptoms of eating disorders across all populations," Brennan adds.
A big life change can evoke an eating disorder
You might not realize you have a predisposition to anorexia or binge eating (especially if your parents never discussed their struggles with you) until something life-altering or impactful happens to you (aka a trigger). "Those at higher risk may also be struggling with other mental health and substance use problems, stressors, or exposure to activities that emphasize size and weight. We also see eating disorders develop in response to life stage changes such as puberty, going to college, mid-life challenges, and loss of relationships," Brennan notes. Here are the things substance abuse counselors desperately want you to know.
It's not just anorexia that's deadly
Though anorexia is most commonly reported on in the media, there are several types of body dysmorphia (unhealthy relationships with body image) that can impact your health and spirit. Anorexia is classically defined as someone who severely restricts their caloric intake—either by not eating or exercising heavily to burn off what is perceived as fat. Bulimia is when a person goes through a rollercoaster of binge eating, followed by purging—making themselves throw up or have diarrhea. Exercise-orexia is what it sounds like: being overly obsessed with getting fit and creating an ideal physique. Orthorexia is a condition of being hyper-focused on eating only the healthiest, cleanest foods. Another less well-known disorder is binge eating, in which you scarf down more than what's comfortable, with no control over your actions. (Here's what's happening in your body when you binge.) All of these conditions can be life threatening and dangerous, and they all have similar warning signs.
Sign #1: You think about food all the time
iStock/AlijaTake a moment and reflect on the past few hours of your day. Whether you were spending time with pals, running errands, or working, what thoughts consumed your mind? Brennan says that when food is at the forefront of your consciousness nearly all the time, you could be heading down an unhealthy road. "The more time you spend thinking about food, how you are going to eat it and prepare it, and what you might do to make up for eating behaviors that you have determined are unacceptable, the more likely this could be a silent sign of an eating disorder," she explains. If you're anxious about how much mental energy you're dedicating to calories, nutritional value, and food quantity, consider recording how often these thoughts come along. You can bring this information to your doctor, who can help you understand how to control and reduce these instances.
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Sign #2: Success at dieting makes you feel confident
iStock/yulkapopkovaBrennan says that a high percentage of patients at the Eating Recovery Center reported that trying out a diet and seeing results was what caused their eating disorder to begin. While it might seem harmless to eat healthier and shed pounds (especially if you're prepping for an important event or have packed on some winter weight), it's less about the physical act of dropping pounds, and more about how it makes you feel, and how you define yourself as a person. "Often what starts as an innocent attempt to diet or eat healthy can kickstart an eating disorder, as the individual quickly finds that their new behavior 'solves other problems,' such as increasing peer acceptance, soothing anxiety, or getting attention in a new way," Brennan explains. Check these signs of an anxiety disorder, to rule out that potential trigger.
Sign #3: You're avoiding dealing with something big
iStock/ljubaphotoNo matter how rosy your life appears to your friends on Facebook, part of being a human is enduring the natural ups and downs of life. However, if you've recently experienced a death in the family, a scary car accident, or even a disappointing breakup, you might be inclined to skip through the recovery steps and instead, focus on something you feel you can control. "Often, our thoughts serve as a way to focus our headspace away from other things that may be painful, such as grief, conflict, worries, trauma, and stress," Brennan says. "Do yourself the favor of finding a safe place to begin to talk about these concerns, and help to prevent your mind from protecting you by continuing to fuel eating-disordered thinking." Some of these stress-busting strategies may help.
Sign #4: You scrutinize every nutritional label
iStock/svanhornYou want to make sure you're not eating overly processed foods riddled with unnecessary added sugar or chemicals. But if you're spending hours looking over ingredients in the grocery store, you might be developing a dangerous obsession. "At Eating Recovery Center we emphasize normalized eating and learning to have a balance of all food groups," Brennan explains. People with orthorexia, in an innocent attempt to be a healthy eater, start to eliminate more and more foods they perceive as "bad," and will only allow themselves to eat "good" foods. But when you begin to give whole groups of food a positive or negative connotation, you often miss out on essential ingredients and nutrients that your body needs to function properly. "Our bodies are not meant to follow rigid, prescribed diets for long periods of time," Brennan says, "and have evolved over time to need certain combinations of nutrients to keep us going and keep us healthy."
Sign #5: You're getting increasingly rigid about food choices
iStock/webphotographeerIf you always modify your food order at restaurants to the point that it raises eyebrows with your friends, it might be time to reexamine your motivation. The stricter you become with what you eat, the less enjoyment you get out of your meal. "Especially if they start to experience extreme weight loss, an individual can become more and more rigid about food choices, to the point where they may not be able to eat socially without bringing their own food or even start to judge and criticize their kids, family and friends for their food choices," Brennan says. "If this sounds like you, you may want to seek guidance and consultation from a dietician about your nutritional needs and how to balance your diet."
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Sign #6: You are obsessed with how much you weigh
iStock/UriluxThere are so many numbers that arguably matter more than how much you weigh—your resting heart rate and your cholesterol level, to name a few. So if you have a sudden, paralyzing, hyper-focused viewpoint on those numbers by your toes, you may be developing what Brennan calls a dysfunctional relationship with the scale. "Do you find that you are secretly weighing yourself more often than normal? Is your mood for the day dramatically changed by the number on the scale? This could be a silent sign of an eating disorder developing," she explains. "Judging oneself by the number on the scale leads the brain to troubleshoot ways to change that number, such as modifying food intake or getting more exercise. It is troubling to see a number you don't want to see day after day." These are the pros and cons of stepping on the scale every day.
Sign #7: You're starting to use laxatives to drop weight
iStock/jaker5000Laxatives can be helpful occasionally for people with digestive problems; they're not meant as a weight-loss aid. "Laxatives, cleanses, diuretics, diet pills, etc. are often abused by people who are desperate to see the number on the scale go down. If you find yourself in a codependent relationship with your scale, try putting it away or having a friend store it for you for a while," Brennan says. "If you need to weigh yourself in order to follow medical advice, talk with your provider about alternatives to having a scale in the home, such as using a gym or a pharmacy one time per week." Or, if you can, take out the number completely by suggesting a blind weight, which Brennan describes as "stepping on a scale backwards and having a professional record your weight without your seeing." It can be very freeing to have your day start without they tyranny of the number on the scale.
Sign #8: You eat until you're stuffed, and you can't stop
iStock/rab-bitJust as someone who is struggling with anorexia-like symptoms cuts way back on what they eat, another person who battles overeating might not be able to stop. "Believe me, there is nothing wrong with comfort food, and all of us eat more than is comfortable from time to time," Brennan says. "However, if you find yourself repeating a pattern of planning on eating to the point of being stuffed or if you are experiencing a loss of control with eating, it could be a silent sign of the beginning of binge eating disorder." You might turn to this habit during high-stress times, when you need to quell your worries and anxieties. "Foods, especially sugary, carbohydrate-rich sweets and snacks, can give one a rush of pleasure and sense of comfort and calm," Brennan says. Many of us may have had well-meaning parents soothe us when we were children with sweets and sugar when we were fussy, so it sets a pattern that's easy to fall back on later in life. Brennan recommends experimenting with healthy self-care behaviors such as a warm bath or sauna, using a weighted blanket, cuddling with a favorite pet, or trying a restorative yoga practice such as yin yoga or yoga nidra. See how naturally calm people avoid toxic stress.
Sign #9: You berate yourself if you don't work out every day
iStock/SrdjanPavRegular exercise is essential for ideal health, and doctors recommend at least 3 to 4 workout sessions a week. But if you find yourself freaking out when you miss leg day at the gym, you might be developing an unhealthy attachment to your fitness regimen. "There is no doubt that a regular exercise practice is healthy and can help alleviate stress and mental health issues such as anxiety and depression. However, when hitting the gym or going for that 20-mile bike ride is trumping other important life events, it may be time to consider that a problem is developing," Brennan says. "If you are doing things like skipping your kids' dance recital, turning down social invitations, or feeling compelled to go exercise during your work day or in the middle of the night, you may be developing a compulsive relationship with exercise. This can lead to eating disorders and dangerous weight loss, poor nutrition, fragile bones, and injuries." If this is you, see a sports psychologist and dietician who specializes in sports nutrition to help you get on a balanced movement plan.
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Sign #10: You follow "thinspiration" Instagram accounts
iStock/Hocus-Focus-StudioIt's never been easier (or encouraged) to follow the lives of celebrities. You can see what nearly any model or actress is doing at any hour of the day via their social media accounts, and while it might be interesting, it could also create some pretty negative and damaging expectations for what your body should look like. And it's not only celebs. Social media influencers with the so-called "perfect body" can be dangerous to follow too. "Social media sites that post Thinspo and Fitspo media images and messages meant to inspire thinness and fitness, can lure people into the spiral of feeling less than and ashamed for not being thin or fit enough," Brennan says. Unfollow these accounts so you won't be constantly tempted and pressured to change who you are. Read more about how to have a healthy relationship with social media.
Sign #11: You're feeling ashamed of yourself
iStock/elenaleonovaRepeat after us: Never, ever shame yourself about your relationship with food and your body. "All coping skills serve the function of helping us to survive tough times, and sometimes these coping skills can also become problems, whether it's in the form of food, exercise, substance use, or working, to name a few," Brennan says. "Try to assess and consider the function your behavior is serving, and seek help from professionals and your support system." For additional information about Eating Recovery Center, call 877-789-5758, email [email protected], or visit eatingrecoverycenter.com to speak with a clinician who can guide you.