Golden Milk Turmeric Latte
I love beverages. Smoothies, chlorophyll water, breakfast tea with honey, infusions, tonics, bedtime herbal tea… my favorite of all being milky tea lattes being my absolute favorite… but here’s the thing, I like my food to work for me. Flavor of course is SO important, but when there’s added bonus of dense nutritional benefits I. Am. In. Heaven.
Enter this beautiful Golden Milk Turmeric Latte. She is creamy, spicy, not too sweet, tummy settling, comforting, warming, gorgeous, joy- producing, and nutrient dense. I’m talking a nutritional powerhouse.
Here’s what makes this elixir so life-giving:
• ginger root: anti-inflammatory and immune boosting compounds from powerful and medicinal antioxidants, ginger has been used since ancient times for anti-nausea, vertigo, and pain relieving properties
• turmeric root: the curcumin in turmeric has incredible anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-cancer, and anti-depressant properties. it’s also known as a blood purifier, helps with cognitive diseases, and improves liver function
• cinnamon: beneficial in lowering blood sugar and cholesterol, incredibly high in anti-oxidants, and anti-inflammatory especially for those struggling with auto-immune disorders.
• black pepper: incredibly high in antioxidants with anti-inflammatory properties. the piperine in black pepper boosts the body’s abilities to absorb curcumin
• local honey: known since ancient times for its highly therapeutic antibiotic, antifungal, antiviral, antiseptic, anti-aging and anticancer properties. contains trace minerals, b vitamins, and vitamin c. honey also promotes deep sleep, boosts the immune system, and aids in digestion.
I especially want to discuss the importance of turmeric during pregnancy and postpartum. Fatigue, stress, shifting hormones, lack of consistent sleep… all of these make the body more susceptible to inflammation. When women have a strong anti-inflammatory base that they build (hopefully even before they get pregnant) not only does it protect them from an immune system crash once the body is actually pregnant/ baby is here, but it gives their bodies the ability to actually fight and ward off the effects of these environmental stressors.
Drinking this golden milk turmeric latte regularly, gives the immune system and incredible boost. Curcumin is p o w e r f u l. So powerful in fact, here are 5 additional benefits turmeric offers to breastfeeding and postpartum mothers in addition to immune protection:
1) studies show that turmeric provides dopamine to the brain and may even prevent postpartum depression by decreasing inflammation and oxidative stress in the brain.
2) due to its incredibly warming qualities, turmeric aids in sluggish digestion and helps the body move right along by stimulating stomach acid.
3) turmeric helps lower blood sugar which improves energy levels for long periods over time
4) used since ancient times in India and other Eastern countries, turmeric is often touted as a powerful galactagogue and turmeric rich foods are often presented to new mothers in these countries
5) turmeric acts as a natural painkiller in the body due to its high anti-inflammatory compounds and it’s aiding the body in dopamine production. important for the adjusting bodies of new mamas experiencing aches and pains, especially in the joints and breasts.
A superfood indeed! So thankful we have access to this beautiful food medicine. Now how do we prepare this gorgeous elixir?
Here’s how babes:
I N G R E D I E N T S
- 1 can full fat, organic coconut milk
- 3 cups of unsweetened hemp, cashew, almond, or macadamia nut milk
- 1 TBSP local, organic, RAW honey
- 2 tsp ground turmeric
- 1/2 tsp each of ground ginger and ground cinnamon
- pinch of ground black pepper
D I R E C T I O N S
** Begin warming your coconut milk and alternative milk together over the stove on medium-low heat. Add in ground cinnamon, ginger, black pepper, and turmeric. Whisk until combined. add honey to sweeten, whisk again and serve warm. Enjoy this sunshine spicy hug in a cup, delicious and energizing.
*** serves 4 mugs full, I like to make ahead of the week and drink it midday for a boost or share with a friend.
T I P
**** Turmeric stains, badly! Careful to get it on any white or light surfaces because it will stain. That being said, it was such a great idea for me to wear a white shirt while my girl Jess Weston photographed me.
Enjoy dear ones! Let me know what you think here and on Instagram.