Turmeric, turmeric, turmeric... This incredible spice has powerful healing properties, so much so that it is used medicinally in many eastern cultures. A very potent anti-inflammatory and immune-booster that's rich in antioxidants, turmeric is wonderful at combating just about any type of illness.
Turmeric has an earthy, slightly spicy, kind of bold taste that makes it difficult to sneak into cooking. It's fantastic for more exotic foods, but the flavor does not blend well into average western dishes. So how can we be sure that we consume it regularly so as to benefit from all its healthy properties? Enter the turmeric latte.
This latte is so nourishing, comforting, and warming, making it the perfect cold weather drink (though we drink it in the summer, too). The ginger, cinnamon, and honey add even more immune-boosting properties, the coconut oil provides healthy fats and lends a nice creaminess, and the black pepper works synergistically with the turmeric to increase its healing potency. It tastes best and has a much nicer consistency when using fresh turmeric root and a cinnamon stick, but it's still good and wonderfully healthy with the ground spices, even if they don't dissolve so well. Either way, definitely give it a try and enjoy less inflammation and a stronger immune system!
Anti-Inflammatory Turmeric Latte
2 cups unsweetened almond milk
1 tsp turmeric powder or 2 tsp fresh turmeric root, finely chopped
1 cinnamon stick or 1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp peeled and chopped ginger
pinch of black pepper (increases absorption)
1 tsp coconut oil (optional)
2 tsp raw honey
1. Mix the almond milk, turmeric, cinnamon, ginger, pepper, and coconut oil (if using) in a small saucepan and bring to a light boil.
2. Reduce heat and let simmer for 10 minutes.
3. Take the pan off the heat and mix in the honey. (Heating raw honey kills the beneficial bacteria and enzymes.) If you used a cinnamon stick, fresh turmeric root, or there are large pieces of ginger, pull them out or pass the milk through a strainer.
4. Pour into mugs and enjoy warm!
Do you guys use turmeric in cooking? Let us know in the comments!