Earlier the week I shared that one of my favorite things is Turmeric Tea. Mainly because of turmerics anti-inflammatory properties and also because turmeric tea has become my go to "swap" for trying to get myself off of my afternoon coffee habit. After doing a little more research on just why turmeric is reported to have so many health benefits, I discovered a new way to love it! You may or may not have heard of "Golden Milk" ? If you haven't, I wanted to share this recipe definitely worth trying. I became very interested in anti-inflammatory foods during my recovering from my stroke. There has been a lot of research lately linking inflammation in the body to a whole lists of disease, including an increased risk of heart disease and stroke. I now try to get in as many anti-inflammatory foods as possible.
Golden milk is surprisingly delicious! I find it's "latte" consistency an even better alternative to the plain turmeric tea bags, making kicking my coffee habit even easier for me. Golden milk has long list of benefits claiming to improve health: boost immunity, liver detoxifier, anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, reduce high blood pressure, improve digestion, whiten teeth and eyes, weight loss, fight colds, prevent flu, boost circulation, help with sleep, fights cancer, and make your skin glow. This list goes on! So...basically this sounds like a miracle drink! I had to try it.
I experimented with a few recipes this week, and this one is my favorite:
- 1 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk, preferably coconut milk beverage or almond milk
- 1 (3-inch) cinnamon stick
- 1 (1-inch) piece turmeric, unpeeled, thinly sliced, or 1/2 teaspoon dried turmeric
- 1 (1/2-inch) piece ginger, unpeeled, thinly sliced
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 tablespoon virgin coconut oil
- 1/4 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
- Ground cinnamon (for serving)
Whisk coconut milk, cinnamon, turmeric, ginger, honey, coconut oil, peppercorns, and 1 cup water in a small saucepan; bring to a low boil. Reduce heat and simmer until flavors have melded, about 10 minutes. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve. I like to blend on high for 60 seconds in a blender to get that frothy, latte consistentency . Serve into mugs and top with a dash of cinnamon.