I've been enjoying warm molasses milk for a few days now. With a rich earthy flavor it's super satisfying. With lots of B vitamins & trace minerals it's helping to keep my mood up as the end of winter approaches.
There are a few varieties of Molasses out there. Blackstrap Molasses (unsulphured) is the one to use for the most heath benefits. Molasses is actually a by product of the sugar refining process. However, it actually has a low glycemic index making it an ideal sweetener to help stabilize blood sugar and is a great substitute for sugar or other high glycemic sweeteners. Know that the flavor of Blackstrap Molasses is quite rich and a little bitter so use good sense when substituting in recipes.
As I mentioned, Blackstrap Molasses is full of B vitamins (great for stress), high in both iron and calcium (great for women and PMS), is anti inflammatory and chock full of trace minerals & anti oxidants. It is also a good source of lactic acid which (externally) helps heal acne prone & inflamed skin, while making other skin types smooth and soft to the touch. Turns out the dark side of sugar is actually the part that's good for you!
Here's 2 quick easy and molasses recipes that will nourish your in and out sides:
- 1 cup of your preferred milk*
- 1 tbs. unsulphured Blackstrap Molasses (more or less to taste)
Heat milk, stir in molasses. ENJOY!
Add a pinch of cardamom, cinnamon or ginger as desired to enhance flavor.
*Learn how to make your own almond (or other nut) milk HERE. It really is so much better than the stuff in boxes.
Molasses Mask for soft, toned skin.
- Cleanse your face.
- Perform a facial steam (optional).
- Mix 1 tsp. Molasses with 1-2 drops of your favorite essential oil (as desired).
Massage molasses into skin an allow to sit for 10 minutes (till dry), rinse with warm water. Follow with appropriate toner & serum or moisturizer. Oily/ acne skin may want to do this treatment several time a week to achieve maximum results.