Once just thought of as the main spice in curry powders (at least for Westerners), turmeric has reached celebrity status as one of the “most powerful herbs for helping improve health.” In fact, this increasingly popular spice has been used in the Ayurveda system of holistic medicine for more than 4,000 years. So, it’s not all that surprising that it’s finding its way into other recipes. Of course, this isn’t new either. Take “Golden Milk,” for example.
Loosely taken from traditional Ayurvedic, Golden Milk is a recipe that’s been enjoyed in many varieties for centuries. As a key source of curcumin, turmeric is believed to support the mind as well as the body, especially when it comes to immunity and inflammation and as an antioxidant.
Fun fact: Golden Milk is loosely based on the Indian “haldi ka doodh” or turmeric milk, and the original recipe appears to be simply a half cup or less of steaming hot milk, tea, or hot water with a tablespoon of ground turmeric, which was often used to help combat the common cold.
Golden Milk (also called Golden Lattes) starts with the ancient recipe and adds a few other spices, such as cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, or vanilla, to help boost the potentially soothing, immuno-supportive benefits as well as creating a seriously drinkable concoction. Proponents claim it may not only help boost the immune system but also reduce pain and help relax the body before bed.
Simple Golden Milk Recipe
- 1 cup of milk (coconut, cow’s, cashew, and others work well)
- 1 tsp of turmeric powdered spice
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- dash of black pepper
- ¼ tsp powdered ginger
- 3 drops SweetLeaf Vanilla Crème Sweet Drops (liquid stevia or sweetener of your choice)
- Place all ingredients in your blender and blend on high until well mixed.
- Heat over medium high heat for three to five minutes until hot but not boiling.
- Relax and enjoy.
Chef’s tip: There are three necessary components of Golden Milk for it to be most effective: 1) turmeric (of course!), 2) heat; 3) a source of fat and black pepper to increase the absorption and activation of the turmeric.
Chef’s tip: You can find premade Golden Milk “paste” or tea on the market, but it’s simple to make at home in just 5 minutes.
Chef’s tip: Unless you want everything in your kitchen yellow, be mindful when using turmeric powder. It can easily stain fingers, blenders, counters, and clothing.
Nutrition Facts (with cow’s milk):
Yields 1 serving
- Calories: 129
- Fat: 5 g
- Carbohydrate: 13.5 g
- Protein: 8.2 g
Nutrition Facts (with cashew milk):
Yields 1 serving
- Calories: 32
- Fat: 2.1 g
- Carbohydrate: 2.5 g
- Protein: .2 g