Golden milk, turmeric milk, a cup of sunshine… No matter what you call it, it contains turmeric, a yellow-colored superfood that is packed with a myriad of benefits. Turmeric was originally used in Indian cultures. Although fresh turmeric root is not always found in local supermarkets, turmeric powder is readily available almost anywhere.
Although western civilizations have only recently begun utilizing turmeric, Indian cultures have used it for years for its various benefits and healing properties. Turmeric contains curcuma, which is responsible for its myriad of benefits. Turmeric is anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, anti-cancer, anti-oxidant and immunity boosting. It also helps maintain cholesterol levels, regulates metabolism, detoxifies the liver, promotes digestive health and aids various skin conditions. The list can go on. Basically, turmeric is the new black.
I love using turmeric in my omelets, potatoes, stir frys.. Really the list goes on and on. Recently, I’ve fallen in love with golden milk! It is seriously SO GOOD, despite it looking like highlighter fluid and staining your fingers yellow – the benefits outweigh my yellow fingers. Also, I like to make my golden milk in the pestle and mortar. I combine all my ingredients except for the sweetener and milk, and use a little elbow grease to make a yellow paste. Alternatively, you can mince the ginger finely and then add it to the pot along with the rest of the ingredients but this is my way I make my turmeric lattes.
Golden Milk Latte (serves 1)
- 1 cup dairy-free milk
- 1/2 cup hot water
- 1/2 inch piece fresh ginger
- 1/2-1 inch piece fresh turmeric
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 1-2 tbsp honey or maple syrup
- pinch of black pepper
- In a blender, add all the ingredients. Blend until smooth and enjoy!
OPTION 2: If you don’t have fresh turmeric and ginger, use the dry spice version. Use 1/2 tsp dry turmeric and 1 tsp dry ginger.