Despite our continued burst of spring like weather, winter is still here and likely to linger for several more weeks. We've gotten a little tired of chocolate milk and have been thinking more about healthy foods (cursed New Years resolutions). A few weeks ago we came across a recipe for Golden Milk and have been tweaking it each time we make it. We love mixing a batch of Golden Milk using spices that are known immune boosters. Golden Milk is a great way to close out a long day or as a nice warm pick me up. It’s quick and easy to make with a simple blend of warming spices that you likely already have in your pantry, including nutrient-dense turmeric, which gives the drink is famously bright and beautiful golden color. And when making homemade golden milk, you of course have the option to completely customize the spice blend, type of milk, and amount of sweetener (HONEY) to your liking.
It’s loaded with antioxidants. Turmeric, especially, contains strong antioxidants that can help lower the risk for infections and disease.
May help reduce inflammation and joint pain. Ginger, cinnamon and turmeric have potent anti-inflammatory properties, which may help to reduce joint pain from osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
May improve memory and brain function, mood, and protect against heart disease. Turmeric may increase levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor, which promotes the growth of brain cells and reduce symptoms of depression.
May lower blood sugar levels. Ginger and cinnamon, specifically, may help to reduce blood sugar levels.
May aid in digestion. Ginger and turmeric have calming properties that can help with indigestion.
PREP TIME: 5 mins COOK TIME: 10 mins TOTAL TIME: 15 mins
SERVINGS: 2 servings
2 cups milk (***dairy or dairy-free)
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
Dash of ground ginger (really to taste or exclude)
pinch black pepper
1 tablespoon honey (adjust as needed)
½ tablespoon coconut oil (melt it first)
additional spices or flavors such as cardamom, or vanilla extract.
***Oat milk, coconut milk, almond milk work great as does 2% milk or whole.
You can use maple syrup instead of honey... but we are partial to honey.
After heating you can also put it in the fridge and serve as a cold refreshing drink over ice.
Add all ingredients to a saucepan over medium heat and bring to a simmer. Simmer for 10 minutes to let the flavors meld.
Pour the golden milk into a cup, top with a little sprinkle of turmeric or cinnamon and enjoy.