It’s been in the minus 20s here in Toronto, I’ve sipping on hot teas and comforting drinks waiting for summer to come back- anyone else?!? This spicy golden turmeric milk has been on the top of my list. It’s soothing, includes warming spices and is a powerhouse of nutritional benefits.
Turmeric milk helps to promote a better night’s sleep and is perfect for a creamy and comforting treat to bust your cravings. Turmeric is most commonly known for its anti-inflammatory properties, especially beneficial if you have been busting your buns in the gym every day and looking for natural ways to help your muscles recover faster. The active ingredient curcumin not only has an anti-inflammatory effect, but is a strong antioxidant, all while supporting your liver, enhancing bile flow and soothing the digestive tract.
Research proves that the use of black pepper (peperine) helps improve the bioavailability of curcumin. While this is true, it’s actually not needed when using turmeric root in its fresh, whole food form or as a powder. Since we are using the powdered form in this recipe you will still get the benefits that curcumin has to offer thanks to turmerones present in the whole food form which aid in absorbing curcumin! Nature is smart ain’t it? Of course, if you’re taking curcumin as a supplement, then that’s where adding peperine is needed.
While I love to have turmeric milk in the evening, it can also be enjoyed throughout the day. This would be a perfect substitute for your afternoon latté.
- 2 tbsp freshly grated turmeric or 1tsp powdered turmeric
- 1 cup coconut or almond milk (unsweetened)
- ½ tsp powdered ginger
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- ¼ tsp cardamom
- 1 tbsp coconut butter (optional, but makes it so rich and creamy!)
- ½ tsp vanilla
- 1 tsp honey or maple syrup
- In a saucepan add all ingredients (except honey, if using) and whisk to combine
- Heat over medium heat until it starts to bubble
- Then turn heat down to low and simmer for about 3 minutes so the flavours meld
- Pour the liquid into a mug using a sieve
- Add honey and stir
- makes 1 serving
What are some of your favourite ways to enjoy turmeric? Let me know in the comments below.