Pumpkin Spice Low Carb Drink
Craving a warm and sweet treat this Fall? Don’t waste your money on high-calorie lattes! HYLETE Health Advisor Thomas DeLauer introduces a simple 4-ingredient recipe that will help you get in shape and live a longer life all while satisfying your pumpkin spice craving.
Methylhydroxychalcone polymer- mimics insulin in the body meaning it converts sugar into energy.
Cinnamaldehyde- activates glutathione allowing body to detox
Macelignan- can reduce the degradation of neural pathways in the brain.
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From 280lbs to the Covers of Magazines... All by living a lifestyle that is honest and real. Thomas DeLauer brings the nutrition expertise along with a unique perspective on health and wellness that is everything HYLETE.
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It's recipe time Hylete Nation, and while everyone is focusing on the negative implications of pumpkin spice lattes and high-calorie pumpkin spice drinks at coffee shops this time of year, I'm going to emphasize the positive, because pumpkin spice has some tremendous, tremendous health properties that are not only going to help you get in amazing shape but also going to help you live longer. I've got a super low carb, even ketogenic friendly, recipe that I'm going to share with you, that you can drink at night, that's super awesome, that's basically a pumpkin spice vanilla latte, with or without coffee if you want to add it.
But first and foremost, I'm going to give you the ingredients so that you know exactly what we've got here. Okay, I've got one cup of unsweetened almond milk. Then I've got about a tablespoon of pumpkin spice, which I'm going to break down exactly what the spices are. Then I've got two tablespoons of coconut cream, unsweetened coconut cream, and then I've got stevia to taste, and you can add coffee or cocoa if you want to.
I'm going to start with the science behind the pumpkin spice. Pumpkin spice contains cinnamon, of course. Now here are some things you may not have known about cinnamon. Cinnamon contains a very interesting polyphenol that's known as methyl hydroxy chalcone polymer. Now, what this methyl hydroxy chalcone polymer does is it actually mimics insulin in the body. Now, I know that sounds kind of lame, but let me tell you what that means. When you have something that mimics insulin, that means that you can take all the blood sugar that's floating around through your body, throughout the course of the day from all the carbs you consumed, and it's going to shuttle it into the cells, basically, activating that insulin response within the cell, so the sugar gets into the cell and doesn't ultimately get turned into fat. That's pretty powerful right there with cinnamon.
Now, additionally, cinnamon also has something known as cinnamaldehyde in it. Cinnamaldehyde activates glutathione, so if you've ever had a hangover before, you know that that's not a very fun feeling. That feeling is a depletion of glutathione. By having more glutathione in the body, your body's ability to detox, it's able to recover, even recover from a hangover potentially, so we want the cinnamon in there.
Now, the other thing that pumpkin spice has, I'm just going to go ahead and add this in while we're talking, is it has nutmeg in it. Okay. Nutmeg contains malignant. Macelignan is a neuroprotector. It's going to dramatically help brain function. I'm a big fan of nutmeg simply for that reason, it's actually something you can put in a cocktail in the morning to make sure you have that mental function that you want.
Additionally, pumpkin spice has ginger in it. Now, ginger, okay, we know a lot of different benefits of ginger when it comes down to digestion and things like that, but I don't know if you knew this. Gingerol, which is the active component in ginger, has a big effect when it comes down to cortisol. It actually blunts cortisol. It's one of the only spices out there that actually nullifies cortisol. Now, there was even a study that was done that took a look at men that were consuming ginger with their meals. Now, we found that with this study, that man responded to ginger much better than women when it came down to weight loss. Men that had two grams of ginger with every meal, just straight ginger powder, ended up on average consuming 50 to 100 calories per day less than those that didn't. Now, I know that that doesn't sound like a lot, but when you factor it in over the course of a month, that's over a pound of fat. That's pretty darn significant, so ginger's definitely a big one there.
Then, we have cloves. Cloves are huge, and the thing is, cloves are totally underrated. Dentists have been using cloves for centuries, simply because they have powerful antiseptic properties, but they do something else very unique within the body that's going to be very interesting if you are on a low carb diet. You see, they contain a specific kind of antioxidant, something called a eugenol. Okay. This eugenol directly affects fats and makes sure that fats don't oxidize. One of the things that we run into when we're on a low carb diet is a high amount of fats floating through the bloodstream that can oxidize and turn toxic. So when you have cloves in the equation, you'll have a laser targeted mechanism that binds to the membrane and stops the oxidative stress on a fat molecule. That means that the fact that's floating around your body can get used for fuel, and actually help you burn more fat, versus turning oxidized, and making you sick, giving you bad complexion, and making you unhealthy. That's one of my favorite things when it comes down to cloves.
Okay. Now enough of that lame science, let's get down to the fun stuff. Now, I'm going to go ahead, I'm just going to add, just kind of eyeball it here, two tablespoons of coconut cream. Now, this is just stuff that's out of a can. You just go and you get a can of organic coconut milk or a can of organic coconut cream out of the Asian section of your grocery store, and this has super high levels of medium-chain triglycerides in it, and so this coconut cream, it's going to have lauric acid. Not only does that help your immune system, but it also stimulates your body to start utilizing fats as a source of fuel quite aggressively. Then, we have good old-fashioned stevia. I'm just going to eyeball this, put a little dash in there, that's probably about a teaspoon or so, and all that that's going to do is make it sweet, but you do have some health benefits there too. In fact, stevia has been shown to actually kill off bad gut bacteria, kill off Gram-negative bacteria in your gut.
Honestly, that's it. To break it down again, all you do is have one cup of unsweetened almond milk. I have two tablespoons of coconut cream. I have a little over a tablespoon of pumpkin pie spice that you can get just about anywhere, and then I've got a little bit of stevia. There you have it. You can add some cocoa, you can add some coffee, and you've made your own pumpkin spice latte.
As always, Hylete Nation, keep it locked in here on the Hylete channel for more of the low carb tips, the ketosis tips, the fasting tips, and the overall lifestyle tips that you need to live the best possible life. I'll see you in the next video.