Golden Milk: A Morning & Evening Routine

March 15, 2017

Golden Milk: A Morning & Evening Routine by Faring Well

It’s finally happening next week! We are going camping in Death Valley, a place Scott and I have been craving to return to since our first time adventuring there three years ago. Its vast and epic landscape makes me feel so small and unnoticed. Something I crave, to be honest. Then there are the warm nights and clear skies, perfect for stargazing. And the s’mores, never forget the s’mores. I’ll of course be making my own graham crackers and chocolate, and may even give homemade marshmallows a whirl too (cross your fingers for me, will ya?). The lack of cell service and epic hikes are calling, and I’m answering with a loud yes. This week Scott’s sweet parents are in town and I cannot wait to squeeze them in person (they are the best in-laws a girl could dream up). I’ll also be laying low as I wait out the worst of this parasite cleanse I’m currently undergoing, thanks to my naturopathic doctor and the herbal remedy she prescribed. The symptoms are vast, but I’m smiling as I write this post fatigued on the couch – because it means the treatment is working, yay!

On a more work-related note, I’ve been feeling a little overwhelmed lately with the pressure to be constantly creating. It is what comes with the territory as a freelance creative, and although I love it with every inch of my being, it also can drive me into a corner. It’s the kind of pressure that causes my finger to dangle over the “delete” button on all of my social media accounts. And it’s the kind of pressure that is relieved when I wake up to a sweet email from a reader saying something along the lines of how she “appreciates what I do and share each day”. A smile will spread across my face. Feeling a bit encouraged, I’ll brew myself some golden coffee and get to work. I have plenty to create and deep down know I wouldn’t want to be doing anything else. The thought that I could be doing better in handling these feelings sits in the back of my mind though, still.

Over the past year, one of my goals has been to be more mindful of my stress – in order to prepare for those days where feeling overwhelmed is inevitable. I needed this idea of mindfulness to translate into all areas of my life. I started first at meal times, this one was the easiest. I didn’t allow any screens or reading material near me while I ate. I had to sit and “hang out” with my food. Focus on chewing, and truly feel more satiated by the experience in the end. This is a habit I have now adopted in regular life and am enjoying it immensely!

Next up was being mindful of joy throughout the day. I have a genuine attention disorder and struggle to get the most menial tasks done at times, swirling in circles, barely tackling each item on my todo list. This leaves me feeling depleted at the end of the day with little to show for my efforts. So I set up a rewards system of sorts. If I got task “A” complete, I could go for a bike ride! Now that caught my attention. Next was a race, set the timer and see how much of “B” you could crank out in twenty minutes – I can do anything for twenty minutes! And so on and so forth, I’ve learned how to make fun of certain duties and work related items during the day by incorporating a system that brought me joy. I’m by no means perfect at this, but working on it daily.

The last area I’ve been focusing on as of late is my evening and morning routines. I’m working on learning to wind down at the end of the night in a way that doesn’t involve much stimulus. Preparing a hot drink has been something of a winner in this department, having my mind focus on preparing something soothing, and then slowly sipping on it while I feel my muscles relax from head to toe. I had given up on golden milk last summer after trying to make it from scratch for a week, and learning I’m not much of a multi-step person when it comes to a drink at the end of the day. Then Gaia Herbs reached out to me to try their Golden Milk, and after reading the list of wholesome ingredients and simple instructions – I happily said yes, and am so grateful for having done so.

Each of the little ingredients I didn’t want to measure out at the end of the day (or pre-blend myself, because I couldn’t get the constancy of every scoop to be just right) were perfectly ground together. All that was left for me to do was scoop, simmer, and stir. I’m happy to get to share my evening and morning routines with Gaia Herbs Golden Milk with you below, and if you’d like to try Gaia’s Golden Milk too you can enter to win a year’s supply (plus other amazing prizes) on their site here!

Golden Milk: A Morning & Evening Routine by Faring Well

– Nighttime Routine –

I’ve taken part in Gaia’s campaign to reclaim those last wee moments of the evening and turn them into a mindful practice that leaves me feeling soothed and ready for a good night’s sleep.

Gaia Herbs Golden Milk is made primarily from ground turmeric and spices such as cardamom, black pepper, and vanilla to give it an additional flavor and health boost. This Golden Milk blend is lightly sweetened with date sugar, rounding off the bite from the pepper, and has added ashwagandha too.

I like to warm myself up a mugful, and cozy up on the couch under a blanket, while I spend the last few moments of the day with my husband Scott. He brings me so much joy, and so does this golden cup.

How to make Golden Milk:

1 rounded teaspoon Gaia Herbs Golden Milk blend

1 cup plant milk (I use cashew)

1/4 teaspoon coconut oil (optional)

Heat in a small pot on the stove over low heat, whisking, until warmed. Pour into a mug and enjoy.

Golden Milk: A Morning & Evening Routine by Faring Well

– Morning Routine –

I’ve found myself craving Golden Milk in the morning on some days too, and have begun preparing myself a jar of it at a time to use as a creamer of sorts in my morning coffee. I’ve found my system to be a little sensitive to caffeine right upon waking, and stick to tea with my overnight oats first thing. But once my workout is over and mid morning has arrived, I’m ready to make a mug of this golden, frothy coffee and organize my work for the day.

How to make golden coffee:

16 ounces brewed hot coffee

1/4 cup Gaia Herbs Golden Milk (prepared above, without the coconut oil)

1/4 teaspoon coconut oil

Add to a blender and froth on the lowest speed, for about 30 seconds. Pour into a mug and enjoy.

Golden Milk: A Morning & Evening Routine by Faring Well

This post was sponsored by Gaia Herbs. All words and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting all that I do here on Faring Well by supporting it’s lovely sponsors. 


  • Reply Karlie March 15, 2017 at 7:35 am

    This sounds and looks amazing Jessie I can’t wait to check them out! Thanks for sharing your struggles here. The constant “grind” is overwhelming and we all need to step back from time to time and refocus on what’s important. I love the idea of mindful meals!

    • Reply Faring Well March 15, 2017 at 9:23 am

      Aw thank you Karlie, I really appreciate your note here! Hope you get to try some of this tasty mix soon too. And yes to the mindful meals love, it really helps with meal satiation and just overall enjoyment of food! ;) xo

  • Reply Lauren March 15, 2017 at 11:30 am

    Ironically, I just made the Golden Milk from your Nom show last year and have been using it in my coffee for the past two days. I’ll admit I was lazy this morning and didn’t froth it (cleaning the blender later, ugh!) but that extra step really takes it up a notch so I’ll probably be back to dirtying the blender tomorrow morning. Here’s to soothing morning and evening rituals :)

    • Reply Faring Well March 15, 2017 at 2:26 pm

      Oh this is too funny Lauren! I love that! Props to you ;). I just had a little pang in my heart, I miss those Nom shows so much. Wish there was something else like that I could do now still – loved cooking with you! Ps. Totally understand about the blender, sometimes you just need a break ;).

  • Reply Maya | Spice + Sprout March 15, 2017 at 5:23 pm

    Thank you for sharing this, Jessie! I have totally felt that pressure to create. I think it was similar when I was in art school, and even though blogging isn’t my full time job, I still get pangs of that now and then. I think it has to do with literally everything coming from you, there’s no one else to rely on to come up with the content (which is probably the best and hardest part). Anyways, I loved reading your thoughts here and I hope you continue to discover new ways of making things fun while creating your beautiful work <3

    • Reply Faring Well March 16, 2017 at 8:18 am

      Thank you so much for this sweet note Maya, it really means a lot <3 and it is so true - it is all coming from you, all the time, and it can be really draining! But its also so wonderful at the same time. As long as we strive to keep a healthy balance. Lots of hugs for you Maya, XO.

  • Reply Sarah | Well and Full March 15, 2017 at 6:08 pm

    Oh lady, I feel the urge to press “delete” on my social media accounts every DAY! For me, it’s more of a comparison thing…. I see how many followers everyone else has, and I feel hopelessly inadequate. *Sigh* But yes, hearing from readers about how much they love your work makes it all work it!! I know I’ve told you this before, but you were one of my biggest inspirations in starting my blog – without you and your work, I wouldn’t be where I am today! So here’s a thousand hugs for that <3 XO

    • Reply Faring Well March 16, 2017 at 8:20 am

      Aw Sarah, thank you! The struggle can be real at times, and it helps to all chat about it and encourage one another. Love you and all that you do, and super appreciate your friendship – XO.

  • Reply Jayne March 15, 2017 at 6:34 pm

    I tried to leave a comment earlier today but when I hit enter it said I was a ‘bot’. I’m not really!! I’ve been working on morning and evening routines so your post is so timely. I keep trying to make golden milk but I can’t find a combination that doesn’t taste just sort of off. I love turmeric so maybe I’ll try this blend and see. I hope you’re feeling better soon and enjoy your camping trip!

    • Reply Faring Well March 17, 2017 at 12:32 pm

      So sorry for that silly “bot” alert. It’s been doing that to so many people lately and I can’t seem to fix it – super annoying. But glad you could leave one now and I’m so happy to hear this post was timely for you Jayne! And if you try this mix I hope you love it too. Have a gorgeous weekend now girl! <3

  • Reply Jenny March 15, 2017 at 9:20 pm

    I liked reading this post. The thoughts on mindfulness and having simple routines for morning and evening resonate. I’m trying to slow down…. I am interested in this golden milk. It looks great! Thanks for the post. :)

    • Reply Faring Well March 17, 2017 at 12:33 pm

      You’re so sweet Jenny, thank you!

  • Reply Joanna March 15, 2017 at 9:23 pm

    Love your posts and your recipes are always so great and so creative! Love turmeric lattes in the evening. Will have to give them a try in the morning with coffee!
    I hope you get to have a nice break and enjoy your time away with Scott.

    • Reply Faring Well March 17, 2017 at 12:34 pm

      Sheesh, thank you Joanna, this whole comment just made me smile so big! I hope you have a gorgeous weekend now too, thank you about Scott and I’s little time away – I’m so excited for it *so soon*.

  • Reply Joy March 16, 2017 at 8:18 am

    I am also easily overwhelmed so I understand your struggles. They are very real! I’m looking forward to trying Golden Milk. It sounds like a wonderful way to unwind and treat your body well.

    Also, I wanted to say that I love reading your blog. It’s always heartfelt, informative, and real. I appreciate the effort you put into creating your content, as I find it very helpful.

    • Reply Faring Well March 17, 2017 at 12:36 pm

      Joy, you just made my week with your thoughtful comment here – thank you. I appreciate knowing someone feels this way, and hope you get to try and enjoy golden milk too – and maybe it could even help slow down the times when you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed like myself too! xx

  • Reply Emily | Gather & Dine March 16, 2017 at 12:13 pm

    Where do I even begin here? I relate to so much of what you’ve written. The anxiety, the lack of focus, the striving for an ever-present mindfulness – I hear you. I hope you always are able to remember the positive force you are in this food world, and how you inspire more people than I think you realize. We’ve come to love golden milk in our house too, and would gladly welcome a shortcut like this one. Cheers to peaceful evening and morning routines. xo

    • Reply Faring Well March 17, 2017 at 12:37 pm

      Oh Emily, thank you. I appreciate you beyond words here. Your solid presence really grounds me whenever I hear from you, and its so nice to connect over both joy and struggles. Yay to golden milk, yay to achieving mindfulness, and yay for good friends like you! XO

  • Reply Whitney January 6, 2018 at 2:45 pm

    May I ask what kind of coconut oil you use with your golden milk?

    • Reply Faring Well January 8, 2018 at 8:19 am

      Hi Whitney! This was some time ago, so I haven’t made it in ages. But I believe it was just the normal virgin coconut oil from the jar!

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