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. Its 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.
While I love to have turmeric milk in the evening, it can be enjoyed throughout the day, this would be a perfect substitute for your afternoon latté. The addition of black pepper and coconut butter in this recipe helps your body better absorb curcumin more efficiently, ensuring you are soaking in all the benefits!
- 2 Tbsp Fresh turmeric or 1tsp powdered turmeric
- 1 cup coconut or almond milk (unsweetened)
- ¼ tsp Black pepper
- ½ Tsp Powdered ginger
- ½ Tsp Cinnamon
- ¼ Tsp Cardamom
- 1 Tbsp Coconut butter*
- 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 flavors meld
- Pour the liquid into a mug using a sieve
- Add honey and stir
- makes 1 serving
*If you don’t have coconut butter (also known as coconut mana) on hand, substitute for 1TB coconut oil with a splash of plant based milk of choice.
What are some of your favourite ways to enjoy turmeric? Let me know in the comments below.