Medicinal Man Flu Magic

They’re fit for the real housewives of NYC to the ‘real’ households of Ashgrove, recognised for their rich ochre colour, so intense your lips will be sporting the latest shade of ‘gold’ for days to come. We’re talking about the latest winter trend to arrive at the Produce, the “Golden Milk” or ‘Turmeric Latte’.

Made from an unlikely combination of Nut Milk and juiced Turmeric Root, they’re packed with fantastic immune supporting goodness helping to keep those winter blues at bay this season. From it’s anti-inflammatory priorities, to giving a boost to our sleep deprived brains, Turmeric’s earning its place on the menu! It’s uses go well beyond Middle Eastern curries, staining your bench tops, and ruining your mothers casserole dish, as Laura from Nourished will tell us, this magical spice has little limitations. Sweet Turmeric Bliss Balls? I too was skeptical, but pleasantly surprised. They taste good and they’re good for you. This is more than a trend.

With the mercury now dipping well below 20, it’s the perfect time of the year for your family to get a little better acquainted with the benefits of this vibrant powder and its fellow counterparts. Who knows what else Kelly’s hiding in those buckets? As a local, I hadn’t imagined I’d almost take up residency in The Produce with my one year old offsider over the past twelve months, certainly not consuming Turmeric Lattes, Acai Bowls and the best Granola in Brisbane. Occupying the black stool and the highchair quickly became my routine post ‘ex-sir-size’ with 313Fit. I often ponder how it has become such a ritual? Aside from the fabulous products, variety, coffee and smoothies, it was the people.

As a new mum who struggled to find her feet in the transition from career to comforter, I can safely say it’s true. The bright, open, fresh vibe along with the smiling face behind the counter does wonders for the mind, well beyond the caffeine hit you thought you were chasing. Combine this with some movement and all of a sudden winters not looking too bad. Fresh vibes aside, its this time of the year that the kids are snotty, Mum’s exhausted and Dad’s suffering a dreadful cases of ‘Man Flu’, it’s so easy to slip into old habits. Suddenly finding ourselves reverting to the bare basics to get through these chilly challenges.

By adopting some of Laura’s immune boosting recipes and Chris’s top 3 motivating movement tips into family life we can save ourselves from the depths of its despair. Whether it’s replacing the kids Milos with warm Golden Milk, sending some vibrant bliss balls in their lunch boxes or hiding some golden powder in hubby’s oats, chances are the benefits of this ‘ol curry powder’ will well outweigh the grind of bleaching away it’s remnants.

Now, before you head off to restock your pantry or warm up with a Golden Latte – here’s @em.empowermums top 3 Tips the balance in this winter whirlwind:

  1. Utilise the Sunrise – There is simply no way I would maintain balance on the motherhood roller coast if I didn’t make efficient use of the time before the youngest member of the household rose. 4.30am-6.30am is a beautiful time of the day, whether it is for exercise or ‘me time’, it really does set the scene for your accomplishments.
  1. Adopt the ‘10 squat habit’ – From the neighbours view it may look like you’ve gone slightly mad, but don’t underestimate the power of setting a few ‘squat habits’. For me it’s bath time, at the washing machine and before getting into bed. It’s seriously amazing what 3×10 reps of body weight squats will do for you over a period of time, thanks @313fit.
  1. Create accountability – We all know we should be accountable to ourselves. Reality is, too often we aren’t. I tried many times to lose weight and eat well, lasting only a short time. Grab a buddy, a trainer, a coach… anyone. By creating accountability in each ‘department’ of our lives, the daily grind quickly becomes the daily joy.


Name: Laura Skirrow

From: EmpowerMums

Occupation: Clinical Nurse, Wife, Mum, writer and motivator

Facebook: Laura Skirrow/empowerMums

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I’m Laura Skirrow and I am a Clinical Nurse, Transplant Coordinator, wife, ‘writer’ and ‘words’ enthusiast and a ‘Mum’ to a beautiful little boy. I have a reasonably newfound passion to empower women to maintain their self-identity, physical and mental health, and overall lifestyle balance during the motherhood journey. Like many, progressing through the transition from independent career woman, to ‘Mum’ presented its challenges to say the least. For me, balance with a baby came by coupling my existing passions of self-growth, words, people and my career with my newfound love of health and fitness. It’s beautiful, and as a result I seek to share it with the masses of other women sharing this path.