As we begin the new year, I am thinking more and more about cooking with purpose and what that means to me.  For me, cooking and eating is about three main pillars: 1) the experience of preparing a homemade meal, 2) the impact the ingredients have on my health and 3) the impact of what I eat on our world.  I know that sounds like a lot to think about when it comes to “just eating” – but over the years for me I have realized that these three components are incredibly important to the values I hold.

Allow me to explain what I mean by these three “cooking with purpose” pillars.  Cooking has always been a stress relief for me as it is a form of artistic expression in many ways.  Choosing the right combination of ingredients and spices to make that perfect meal is like an art I continue to try and perfect.  Additionally, the impact food has on how I feel is tremendous.  Not just because of my food allergies but because of literally how food makes my body feel.  I crave fresh food that gives me energy and makes me feel like I’m glowing from the inside out.  I care deeply about how food makes my entire body feel as I’m eating it and as I’m digesting it.  Food is powerful and is often underestimated.  While I do not believe in bad foods or magic bullets, I do think small habits add up and that making healthy choices along the way makes a difference in the big picture of life!  This is also true for the micro decisions we make that impact our environment and community.  Tiny actions add up over a lifetime.  And that holds true for the food products we support and their impact on our environment and our culture. 

So where exactly am I going with this and how does this relate to these three yummy hot beverages?  This month I’ve teamed up with Frontier Co-op and they most definitely support these three pillars of “cooking with purpose.”  They source their high quality spices from growers committed to quality, sustainability and ethical trade.

These three recipes feature Frontier Co-op spices which are non-GMO, non-irradiated and non-ETO.  Frontier builds direct partnerships with their growers and all the spices are ethically sourced, meaning working conditions are good and pay is fair.  They also give back to their grower communities through their “Well Earth” program, which works closely with the communities to understand a need and fund the development of a project.  For example, they are funding a dental clinic in Guatemala, 49 wells in Madagascar to bring clean water to 25 thousand people, an organic training center in Sri Lanka, which educated 500 small farmers in its first year and a delivery truck in India that delivers hot meals daily to 45 school children. 

You can feel confident that every sip of these drinks is as wholesome and delicious as it is environmentally and ethically responsible.  Frontier Co-op is committed to providing high quality seasonings that not only taste great but promote healthy communities and a healthy planet.