I’m sure you have heard of the Golden Milk or Golden Latte fad that has swept through the blogging world. For those of you who still aren’t sure exactly what this is, I’ll explain in laymen’s terms: Golden milk is essentially a warm beverage with turmeric.
What is turmeric????
I’m glad you asked.
Turmeric is a root, similar to ginger, that is loaded with nutrients, vitamins, and minerals. If you have ever eaten a yellow curry, it more than likely had turmeric in it. Turmeric is a common ingredient in curries and is the yellow-orange component in store bought curry powders. It is also used in Ayurvedic Medicine. Turmeric contains curcumin which is a powerful antioxidant and has anti-inflammatory properties. It’s known to increase brain function and decrease risk of heart disease. As always, I’m not an expert in Ayurvedic Medicine so I won’t go into extensive detail about how it is used because it approaches sickness and imbalance in the body in a much different way that Western Medicine. Long story short: Turmeric is a powerhouse of good stuff. Please do your own research before you make this a daily practice.
Turmeric can be consumed in warm milk, a tea made with the plant itself, or used in cooking. Today, I’m focusing on the warm milk preparation.
In true plant-based fashion, I use almond milk. It’s the most accessible, cheapest, and most pleasant to me and my tastebuds. Use whichever plant-based milk you prefer. I fully support the idea of “prepping” foods to save time and effort later. Living by this philosophy, I made a ‘golden milk mix’ that is a combination of internet recipes and my own taste preferences.
- 4 tablespoons ground turmeric
- 2 teaspoons ground ginger
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon ground clove
- Warm almond milk, on medium-low heat, in a small saucepan
- Add 1 – 1.5 teaspoons of the mix for every 12 ounces of almond milk
- Use a whisk or frother to blend
- Add honey to sweeten
- Pour into a cozy mug and sip your masterpiece.
- I top mine with a dash or two of cinnamon and/or clove.
- I’ll use my frother to create extra foam so I can pretend that I’m sipping an expensive, high quality, cappuccino in Italy or France.
- Start with 1 teaspoon of mix if you have never had it before, it lessens the intensity of flavor. You can work up to adding more in later cups or decrease the amount of milk. The standard you might see around the internet is 1 teaspoon of turmeric for 8 ounces of liquid. Honestly, that is still a little too intense for me but it might be perfect for you.
- The black pepper may seem very random, but it helps the body absorb the benefits of turmeric and adds a bit of spice.
- I may try adding a little ginger to my next cup. That could be delicious.