My talented friend, culinary wellness coach Marti Wolfson, www.martiwolfson.com, has shared 2 fabulous recipes below with ingredients known for their relaxing effects.
Annemarie’s Apple Kuzu Pudding
This recipe comes from Annemarie Colbin, the founder of the Natural Gourmet Institute, where I got my culinary degree. Kudzu is an annoying plant that grows rampant in the south, but kuzu, a purified starch that comes from that plant, is a wonderful natural thickener. It’s more healthful than cornstarch, and it has a very calming, soothing effect on the body. This pudding helps to contract and ground the body if you’ve consumed too much sugar or feel edgy.
2 tablespoons kuzu
1 cup organic 100% apple juice
Combine kuzu and juice in a pot, stirring to dissolve until there are no lumps. Bring mixture to a simmer on the stovetop, stirring constantly until thick. Remove from the stovetop and serve hot before bedtime for a relaxing effect.
Ginger Lemon Chamomile Tea
Chamomile is well known for its relaxing effect on the body. Even the ancient Romans and Egyptians used it. Research has shown that the calming herb is rich in flavonoids, which can improve human health and even reduce the risk of high cholesterol and cancer.
Makes 4 cups
4 cups water
4, ½-inch slices peeled fresh ginger
2 bags chamomile herbal tea
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 teaspoon honey (optional)
Bring the water and ginger to a boil in a saucepan. Lower the heat, simmer, and cover for 10 minutes.
Remove from the heat, add the chamomile tea bags, and steep for 10 more minutes.
Remove the tea bags and ginger, then stir in the lemon juice and honey. Serve hot, or chill for at least an hour before serving.