2 teaspoons Frontier Organic Turmeric
1 pinch Sea Salt
2 cups whole milk
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1 tablespoon coconut oil
2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1/4 cup toasted almond slices
Maple syrup, for serving
Cream or half/half, for serving
1.) The night before, heat the whole milk with the turmeric blend, maple syrup, coconut oil, and salt. Let cool then combine with the rolled oats in large bowl. Cover and place in the refrigerator overnight.
2.) The next morning, divide the oats into 4 bowls and top with the toasted almond slivers, maple syrup, and half/half as desired.
You do not have to heat the milk and turmeric up but the flavor of the oats is a bit more pronounced if you do. Add additional spices such as cinnamon, clove or ginger for a sweet twist! Substitute dairy free milk or gluten free oats as desired. Enjoy!
It’s that time of year again—when kids head back to the classroom. How can you ensure that children get a smart start? Here are experts’ top supplement picks to boost brain power, improve immunity and soothe stress.
Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). The brain’s nerve-cell membranes are made of fat. Ingesting a healthy fat—DHA—can help make these membranes lithe and limber enough to successfully fire off neurotransmitters and keep kids’ wits about them. “Attention, focus, processing efficiency, memory—all those are dependent on cells working effectively, and DHA will help,” says Randall Neustaedter, a doctor of Oriental medicine and author of The Holistic Baby Guide (New Harbinger, 2010).
In addition to brain-boosting DHA, the EPA in fish and other oils also offers a health bonus. Anti-inflammatory EPA can help allergies and inflammation from colds and other viral things kids get.
Phosphatydilserine. PS is a fat that facilitates communication among brain cells. “It’s a natural substance your brain makes,” says Neustaedter. Although PS has many years of research supporting its ability to enhance memory in older adults, preliminary evidence shows the fat may also improve attention, concentration, learning, behavior and school performance in children.
Vitamin D. A top immune-supplement choice for most every child is vitamin D. Vitamin D is crucial for triggering the immune system to react and fight off infections.
In a perfect world, children would produce adequate amounts of vitamin D when they expose their skin to the sun. But most kids live far from the equator and use sunscreen, so they have fewer opportunities to catch rays. Neustaedter recommends school-aged children supplement with 2,000 IU of vitamin D3 a day. Unlike D2, D3 is natural and nontoxic, Neustaedter says.
Probiotics. These “friendly” bacteria help reestablish beneficial intestinal flora, which not only help digestion but boost immunity. “Eighty percent of the immune system is produced in the small intestine,” says Neustaedter. “Having a healthy small intestine will lead to a healthy immune system. Probiotics will go a long way to doing that.” Recent studies show that probiotic supplements may reduce the incidence of fevers, coughs, runny noses and other infections in young children.
Elderberry. “If kids get colds frequently, taking elderberry can be helpful,” says Neustaedter. “It’s a good antiviral and immune-system stimulant.” Elderberry’s high antioxidant activity may be responsible for its immune-boosting potential. A few small studies have shown that black elderberry extract may shorten the duration of flu.
Magnesium. If kids have a hard time turning their minds off and going to sleep, calcium and magnesium will help. As a calming mineral, magnesium trumps calcium, but kids tend to need more calcium for their bones, so the two nutrients are usually given together.
Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis). To soothe anxiety, try lemon balm, which is very safe and gentle but effective. Researchers have found that lemon balm, in combination with other herbs—for example, valerian—may ease restlessness, anxiety and sleep disorders. Kids can drink 1 to 2 cups of freshly brewed tea daily. Or a tastier and more convenient option: glycerites, which are tinctures that use glycerin to extract the constituents from an herb rather than alcohol.