New to golden milk, a.k.a. the "turmeric latte"? You're missing out on a most delicious, nourishing treat!
Originating in India, golden milk is a centuries-old Ayurvedic drink that has recently been making inroads in other regions. This comforting beverage is traditionally made by simmering milk with turmeric and other spices, such as ginger, cinnamon, black pepper, or cardamom. While some people find it soothing after dinner or before bed, others enjoy it right after waking, drinking it in place of caffeinated coffee or tea. I find myself reaching for it at all ends of the day!
If golden milk's deliciousness isn't enough to draw you in, its key ingredients -- turmeric, cinnamon, and ginger -- possess superpowers that will benefit your health!
- Turmeric, cinnamon, and ginger are rich in antioxidants, which help protect your cells from damage, fight off disease and infections, and contribute to your overall health.
- They have strong anti-inflammatory properties that may reduce inflammation and joint pain.
- They may improve memory and brain function.
- They may benefit heart function and protect against heart disease.
- They may strengthen your immune system and protect your body from infections.
- Curcumin, a component of turmeric, may boost mood and help reduce symptoms of depression.
- Cinnamon and ginger may lower blood sugar levels and improve insulin sensitivity.
- Ginger and turmeric may help relieve digestive upset.
Want to read in-depth research about the beneficial properties of golden milk's ingredients? This article has links to tons of scientific research with references to published studies on the health benefits of ginger, cinnamon, and turmeric. Geek out to your heart's content! Here's an actual picture of golden milk glow! If you're ever in Park City, UT, like I was a couple weeks ago, enjoy a delicious mug of Golden Mylk at Harvest. While you're there, you can also get the most amazing breakfasts and lunches made from honest, real food ingredients.
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Have I convinced you to give golden milk a try? If you have all the ingredients already on hand, making a batch from scratch only takes about 15 minutes. Here's the exact recipe I use at home! Customize it to your preferences or what you have on hand.
- 1 inch sliced fresh turmeric, 1/2 tsp dried turmeric powder, OR 3 drops turmeric essential oil
- 1 inch sliced fresh ginger, 1/2 tsp dried ginger powder, OR 3 drops ginger essential oil
- 5 peppercorns
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder, 2 cinnamon sticks, OR 2 drop cinnamon essential oil
- 2 or 3 sliced dates
- 2 cups canned coconut milk* or other milk of choice [NOTE: If you use canned coconut milk, add a couple more ounces of water to the pot to equal 2 cups of liquid.]
- 1 tsp vanilla (optional)
* I use Native Forest's Classic or Light Coconut Milk, as it doesn't have a lot of the junk in it that other coconut milks do. And yes, I do buy it in cases of 12 from Amazon. It’s the cheapest way to do it, especially if you put it on your Prime Subscribe and Save.
TO MAKE: Place all the ingredients, except essential oils (if using), in a small pot and simmer on the stove for 15 minutes. Strain before drinking.
If using essential oils, add them after straining and cooling the liquid a bit. This will protect their therapeutic properties, which may be damaged by simmering. Also keep in mind that using turmeric essential oil will not yield the same vibrant orange tinge in the finished drink as using ground turmeric power does.
STORAGE: Store any remaining golden milk in a glass jar or stainless steal container in the refrigerator. Will keep up to five days.
It's really that easy! All you have to do now is sit down, take a few deep breaths, and enjoy!!!
Do you have a favorite version of golden milk? If so, please share in the comments below! Would love to try your recipe!