Sipping on a cup of this anti-inflammatory beverage is somewhat nostalgic and reminds me of drinking warm milk before bed as a child. The flavours are much more sophisticated, however, and I'm pretty sure the taste buds of my six-year-old self would have disapproved. But nowadays I find the hint of bitter spice quite enjoyable.
I have discussed the anti-aging skin benefits of turmeric in a previous post, but the spice has many other powers. It produces a compound called curcumin, which is a natural anti-inflammatory and can improve brain function. As an immune booster, it helps soothe belly aches, reduce gut infections and can prevent stomach ulcers. If that's not enough, it's supposedly also a secret weapon for fighting cancer and lowering cholesterol levels, which in turn is great for the heart. Talk about a superfood!
This long list of health benefits is reason why I just feel better when I make a cup.
I'm a bit of a tea addict - mostly because I enjoy sipping on something warm and cozy - but I'm trying to limit the amount of caffeine I consume in a day. This tasty remedy has become a great replacement for my usual cup of Earl Grey.
Now, it is a strong flavour so I started with a small amount (half a teaspoon) when I first began making this drink. As my tastebuds adapted to the pungent, bitter flavour I was able to add more and more and now I use about a rounded teaspoon. I also add a teaspoon of coconut oil, which is a healthy fat that helps me feel full for longer and aids with digestion. It also moisturizes my lips at the same time!
Feeling adventurous and want to try making one of these golden beverages for yourself? Use the following ingredients and simple instructions.
2 Cups Almond Milk
1/2 Teaspoon Turmeric
1/4 Teaspoon Cinnamon
1/4 Teaspoon Powdered or Grated Ginger
1 Tablespoon Honey
1 Teaspoon Coconut Oil
- Heat 1 1/2 cup of almond milk (I pop my mug in the microwave for two minutes)
- Whisk in the turmeric, cinnamon and ginger
- Stir in the coconut oil and honey
- Heat the additional 1/2 cup of almond milk and froth it (note: almond milk will not foam quite the same as regular milk). Pour over the turmeric drink.
- Sprinkle with a little extra cinnamon or garnish with a cinnamon stick
- Sip away and enjoy!