I’m not the type of person to preach my style of anything, I don’t believe that my way is the best way for everyone. What I do enjoy, is sharing what works for me, some of my choices, some recommendations because I have valued and learned so much from others who share their stories and recommendations. I believe that we all learn from each other. Even though what works for me, may not work for you, but the principles of what we learn and get from each other are transitional to anyone.
I love incorporating natural powerful agents into our daily nutrition, but I also need them to be enjoyable, delicious and easy to make.
In studying and learning about natural anti-inflammatory agents, superfoods and disease fighting agents I have been incorporating more of these agents into my everyday cooking and baking. Since i am seriously addicted to Matcha Latte’s I decided to test out making Tumeric latte (aks- Golden milk). After a few hit and misses, I perfected the best Turmeric Latte ( no, seriously, this is the best one you’ll have..promise!!)
Tumeric is well known for its anti-inflammatory superpowers! It actually contains more than 2 dozen anti-inflammatory compounds, including pain, swelling and inflammation enzyme inhibitors, which is why it is so highly recommended for those suffering from arthritis. Tumeric, however, is also being tested for its cancer-fighting agents (particularly in prostate & breast cancer). Recent studies have shown that Curcumin ( the active agent in Tumeric) interferes with the molecular pathways involved with cancer cell development, growth and spread. These studies have shown that curcumin reduces the growth of new blood vessels in tumors, its spreading and that it can contribute to the death of these cancer cells!
For best absorption of turmeric’s superpowers, it needs to be ‘activated’. It is easily activated by eating it with good healthy fats ( eg. avocado, coconut, flax). Because Turmeric is a fat-soluble the good fat will bind it and allow you to absorb it. Heating Turmeric for 10 minutes or more enhances its antioxidant properties. Also eating turmeric with black pepper ( because it contains piperine- an enzyme inhibitor) significantly increases its absorption as well I I can’t remember where I read it but I think it’s like around 200%)
Tumeric is used widely in south Asian and middle eastern cooking, but it is also used in teas. I think we are seeing a lot more of it now than we ever did before. One of my favorite teas is Tumeric and ginger, I used to buy the bags until a friend of mine made me a tea using fresh ginger and turmeric. Since then I always made it on my own.
Inspired by my favorite hot beverage ( Matcha almond milk latte) I played around with turning the Tumeric tea into a latte too. Results….AMAZING! So if you have never tried turmeric, or anything turmeric before, I highly suggest you try my latte! Not only does it taste friggin amazing, it is so very good for you. It’s like a superpower latte!
3 cups unsweented almond milk ( you can use rice, soy or coconut milk as well)
2 tsp ground tumeric
1 tsp cinnamon, plus more for sprinkling on top
1.5 tsp freshly grated ginger ( or you can just add it whole- probably around around a 1.5 inch piece of fresh ginger-peeled)
1 tbsp raw pure honey* optional ( if vegan- you can add pure maple syrup- note I haven’t tried it yet)
1.5 tsp coconut oil or avocado oil
Note: you can add 1tsp of fresh ground black pepper- I personally don’t like it, but you can add it for the increased health benefit as noted above)
- Mix all ingredients ( except honey) into a pot and whisk together until combined
- On stove top, bring to a light bowl, then lower heat to a very slow simmer, add honey and whisk/stir frequently.
- Let simmer for 10 minutes
- Strain through a strainer and serve. ( you can use a frother to make the foam)
- Add cinnamon on top.