Turmeric has gotten some hype in the last few years for its medicinal, anti-inflammatory benefits. More places are beginning to offer juices, beverages and teas featuring this powerful herb. You may be familiar with "golden mylk," a turmeric beverage with warm milk and often some honey or maple syrup to sweeten.
Understanding all of the incredible things turmeric does for my body inspires me to incorporate it into my diet daily. I love adding it to soups, eggs, dressings and blended drinks. I have been making variations of golden mylk, also known as turmeric or yellow lattes, for a few years now. Each time I make it a little different, but today I wanted to share my favorite recipe featuring this powerful golden magic. My turmeric tonic is a recipe I've played with for months. It goes beyond just the turmeric, and incorporates several other therapeutic spices that work together synergistically to nourish your body on the deepest level.
I recently made this recipe for a retreat is Aspen, Colorado, with the intention of providing something warm and grounding for attendees. This recipe is absolutely perfect for this time of year, as we often need some grounding fat and warming spices to keep things functioning optimally. As we transition into winter, it is common for stagnation to occur in the body. By incorporating this tonic, you will encourage liver cleansing, smooth digestion, increased metabolism and stabilized blood sugar.
Make the recipe as is, or play! You can have fun with adaptogenic herbs, like ashwagandha or maca. You can experiment with blending in additional fats/proteins, like almond butter or chia seeds. If you don't have all of the spices on hand, no worries! Turmeric, black pepper, and cinnamon work nicely together. But I encourage you to venture out and try the recipe using all of the spices.
Try this tonic first thing in the morning, as an afternoon pick me up or as an evening treat. You can use this as a sleepy-time tonic before bed by adding in the ashwagandha to calm the mind and put the nervous system at ease.
GOLDEN TURMERIC TONIC
1 cup light canned coconut milk (note that light coconut milk hasn't been processed to remove fat, it's simply the full fat coconut milk, diluted with some water)
1 tsp. turmeric
1/4 tsp. cardamom
Dash of nutmeg
1/4 tsp. powdered ginger
Dash of black pepper
1/4 tsp. vanilla
Pinch (or 2) of pink mineral salt
1 tbsp. ghee OR coconut oil
1 tbsp. raw honey
Place all ingredients into a blender and blend until frothy
If you'd like to serve this tonic warm, simply heat the milk on the stove prior to blending with remaining ingredients.