What is GOLDEN MILK?

 

What is it?

It’s a creamy, non dairy milk drink that’s filled with warm spices and nutrients. The all star in this drink is the turmeric although many people suggest that adding a pinch of pepper or a tsp of coconut oil is important to help your bodies absorb all those nutrients. 

 

Why is it good for you?

Each ingredient has its own health benefits but the main event in this drink is the turmeric which has curcumin. Curcumin is poorly absorbed into the bloodstream but is fat soluble, which is why its suggested to put a teaspoon of coconut oil or ghee in your drink. Bottom Line: Turmeric contains curcumin, a substance with powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties

 

When do you drink it?

I've read that the best time to drink it is in the evening because it aids in digestion. You can really drink it anytime of the day so I would suggest working it around your schedule. When I make mine in the morning I like to throw everything in a blender and then heat it up on the stove or microwave (thats my fast version shown in this video). If you're winding down for the day it's so nice to make it the more traditional way and boil the ingredients in a pot. Tonight when we were making dinner I had all the ingredients simmering and then after dinner my husband and I had a cup while we were winding down. 

Blender Version:

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups- 2 cups unsweetened plain almond milk (DIY or store-bought) to measure
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 small chunk of ginger or 1/4 tsp ground ginger (see notes for fresh*)
  •  1/4-1/2 tsp ground cinnamon 
  • 1 Tbsp (15 g) coconut oil
  • Pinch ground black pepper
  • Sweetener of choice (i.e. maple syrup, honey, or dates to taste)

You can also add:

  • Vanilla
  • Cardamom

Instructions

  1. Blend all ingredients together
  2. Strain mix into sauce pan 
  3. Heat until it just starts to boil
  4. Turn off and remove from heat. Taste to adjust flavor. Add more sweetener to taste or more spices intense flavor. (I like mine spicy)
  5. Serve immediately
  6. Best when fresh, though leftovers can be stored covered in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. Reheat on the stovetop or microwave until hot.
Makes enough for 2
 

For the sauce pan version:

(Its exactly the same ingredients as above. I think this way is easier, just more time consuming.)

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups- 2 cups unsweetened plain almond milk (DIY or store-bought) to measure
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 small chunk of ginger or 1/4 tsp ground ginger (see notes for fresh*)
  •  1/4-1/2 tsp ground cinnamon 
  • 1 Tbsp (15 g) coconut oil
  • Pinch ground black pepper
  • Sweetener of choice (i.e. maple syrup, honey, or dates to taste)

You can also add:

  • Vanilla
  • Cardamom

Instructions

  • For this to make sense and be easy, I did substitute the date for raw honey. 

  • I let all the ingredients except the coconut oil and honey, simmer for about 10 mins while we were eating dinner. 
  • Scoop out the ginger chunks and pour into a mug. Add sweetener to taste, a tsp of coconut oil (and I added collagen powder to mine but thats just because I add it to everything)
Makes enough for 2
 

Here is the traditional recipe and way to make golden milk:

Ingredients

  • 1/4-1/2 tsp turmeric powder*

  • 1 whole green cardamom slightly broken
  • 1 clove
  • 1/2 inch piece of cinnamon stick
  • 2-3 black peppercorns
  • 1 leaf of a star anise
  • 1/4 vanilla bean bean scraped or 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1 cup milk dairy, almond, soy or coconut work well
  • 1 tsp honey, or other sweetener
  • 1/4 tsp coconut oil or ghee optional

Instructions

  1. In a saucepan over medium-high heat, bring all of the ingredients except coconut oil or ghee and sweetener to a simmer.

  2. Stir well and lower the heat to a low-medium, cover and allow to simmer for about 5 minutes, depending on how strong you want the flavor of the spices. Turn off the heat and add coconut oil or ghee (if using) as well as your sweetener.

  3. Strain into your cup. Enjoy!

 

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