Turmeric Milk - Immune Boosting Anti-inflammatory ‘Golden’ Latte
1 cup oat milk [or non dairy milk such as almond, cashew, or coconut, try homemade versions, or pure brands without unnecessary preservatives + additives]
1/2 tsp ground turmeric
1/4 tsp ground chili or cayenne powder*
1/2 tsp freshly grated ginger [can be done on a microplane, or if you prefer to keep grated ginger paste in bulk in your fridge. Trader Joe’s sells cubes in freezer too!]
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon*, preferably Ceylon/true cinnamon type
1 tsp organic honey, preferably local
1/2 tbsp coconut butter [can sub with unrefined/virgin coconut oil]
Black pepper, freshly cracked
Bee pollen, Hemp seeds, Rose petals, to top drink.
*can reduce amount by half if you feel like it will be too spicy for you, but the kick is worth it for your immune system if you can handle it.
Prep spices in one bowl [can avoid this step if you have ingredients near by to avoid burning]
Heat a small pot on LOW heat, add turmeric, cayenne/chili, cinnamon.
Stir just to toast, about 40 seconds. This helps activate the spices and increases their aroma. Add coconut oil, and fresh ginger. Stir.
Add milk and continuously stir to infuse all ingredients. Using a whisk will allow your drink to gain some foaminess, which if preferred, is an enjoyable texture, similar to a latte.
Turn off heat. Add honey and stir. Pour into mug or glass and top with freshly cracked black pepper, bee pollen, hemp seeds, or rose petals.
the ingredients, explained
One of the best ingredients for you. A superfood that is VERY medicinal. Curcumin is the main active ingredient in turmeric. It has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant.
Revs up metabolism [hence immune system]. Capsaicin, the main feature of cayenne has potent pain-relieving properties and acts as a decongestant.
High in antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory properties. Can fight infections and viruses. Lowers blood sugar. Increases circulation
Another very powerful medicinal ingredient. Ginger is infamously known as an anti-nausea and anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory.
Helps with allergies, adds sweetness to balance flavor and anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.
Healthy fat, and star feature is lauric acid, which boosts immunity, destroys harmful bacteria, viruses, and fungus.
Black pepper helps with the absorption of turmeric, to get all the benefit of the Curcumin. Also antimicrobial, reduces inflammation and rich in vitamins and minerals.
Optional, but a totally under appreciated superfood. A complete protein with over 250 beneficial compounds. Firstly, great for upping your immunity to seasonal allergies.Rich in vitamins, minerals, enzymes, amino acids and anti-oxidants, and enhance vitality, a great brain booster, lifting brain fatigue/improving alertness. With allergies, be careful and start with half a teaspoon and up your tolerance and intake from then.
Rich in two essential fatty acids; omega-6; omega-3. Healthy fats and proteins.
This is purely decorative, but rose is known to relax the body.
Drink the concoction straight away. Enjoy while its warm and all ingredients are infused. Over minutes the spices tend to settle. If you are sipping over a few minutes, be sure to stir to ensure ingestion of all the good stuff.