You already know that food has a direct impact on your health — for better or for worse. You probably know all too well which foods have a not-so-great effect on your body. (Hey, there’s a reason Jenn stays away from gluten, and I’m extremely familiar with what happens when I overindulge with too much ice cream before bed. Ooof.)
But how familiar are you with the foods that make you feel better — not just in a general way, but in a more specific way? Tricia Williams, executive chef and founder of Food Matters NYC (a company that delivers healthy, gourmet meals to clients ranging from celebs to politicians to regular families), believes that food is vital to our well-being in all ways, including physical, mental and emotional. The recipe below comes from her, and features kudzu root, which is known for having a calming effect on anxiety and even helping with conditions like acid reflux.
(However, always listen to your body and do what’s best for your health — if you’re not feeling well physically or are experiencing issues with anxiety or depression, don’t be afraid to seek professional medical help!)
- ⅓ cup water
- 2-1/2 tablespoons kudzu powder
- 1¾ cups coconut milk
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon ground ginger
- ¼ vanilla bean
- Pinch of sea salt
- Place water and kudzu powder into a saucepan. Whisk until powder is dissolved.
- Add coconut milk, maple syrup, cinnamon, ginger, vanilla bean scrapings and sea salt.
- Place over medium heat. Whisk often.
- When mixture comes to a slow boil, remove from heat and allow to simmer for 5 minutes.
- Pour into ramekins or desired serving cups. Chill in refrigerated for 2 hours before serving.
When you’re feeling stressed, do you opt for good-for-you, healthy foods? Or do you reach for not-so-healthy comfort foods? —Kristen