Have you heard about Golden Milk? It’s the latest health trend with a cult following and rightly so.
Golden Milk, which is also called turmeric milk, golden mylk (the “y” is health-speak for non-cow milk), turmeric latte, golden latte or even dirty golden, is pure liquid gold!!
This ancient Ayurvedic drink is one of the best ways to incorporate turmeric into your daily diet. Turmeric is known to have many health benefits due to curcumin, a powerful antioxidant that also gives turmeric its beautiful golden colour.
Turmeric has been widely studied for its health benefits and is believed to have these amazing qualities:
- Is an anti-inflammatory and is used to alleviate symptoms of arthritis, asthma, bloating, digestion issues, liver problems, heartburn and headaches.
- It is a natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent.
- Aids in fat metabolism and weight management.
- Can help to stop the growth of new blood vessels in cancerous tumours.
- Helps to prevent strokes by reducing the risk of blood clots in arteries.
- Has been traditionally used as a treatment for depression and helps to balance moods.
- Aids in the treatment of diabetes
- Prevents and slows the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.
- Helps stimulate the immune system.
If all those amazing benefits are not enough to get you skipping to pick up a bag full of turmeric powder then the temptation to join the hipsters and whip up your own Golden Milk at home should be.
Golden Milk is actually a really delicious, restorative and warming drink. It’s perfect at night to warm you up and wind you down or in the morning as a caffeine free kickstarter. Either way you feel like you are drinking a golden cup of goodness!
Golden Milk Recipe:
You can make up a batch of turmeric paste and put it in glass jar in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. This will save you time as you use this paste to make the golden milk.
6 1/2 tbsp turmeric powder
150 – 200 ml water
1/3 tsp ground black pepper
Mix turmeric powder, 150 ml water and black pepper in a sauce pan. Cook on low heat while stirring. Add more water little by little if the paste gets too dry. It should cook for about 8 minutes, or until a thick paste forms. How runny or thick it is really doesn’t matter that much, but you want it to be concentrated and not all too watery.
Store in a glass jar in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
1 tsp turmeric paste
1 cup + 3 tbsp unsweetened plant milk (I use coconut milk)
About 1/3 – 1/2 tsp ground cardamom (to taste)
1/2 tsp liquid vanilla extract
1 tsp virgin coconut oil
1/2 tsp raw honey
pinch of cayenne pepper
pinch of black pepper
Combine all ingredients for the Golden Milk except coconut oil and honey in a sauce pan. Carefully heat while stirring. Remember the measurement for ground cardamom depends on how fresh it is. When the Golden Milk is steamy (but not boiling), pour into a cup and stir in a tsp of coconut oil and half a tsp of honey (or more if you like it sweeter).
Drink and enjoy!
Images and recipe by Agnes from Cashew Kitchen.