Turmeric Turns Gray Days Golden

Spice Up the Winter Season
 

Golden milk (similar in flavor to chai) is a combination of the spice turmeric, coconut oil and milk, a warm drink with the added value of health benefits. Turmeric, which originated from India, has been used as a medicinal herb for thousands of years for its anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. It is derived from the root of the vibrant golden colored perennial plant and is part of the ginger family. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, the active ingredient, curcumin, offers the benefits of anti-inflammatory properties. Its popularity has increased as a natural ingredient associated with lowering cholesterol and preventing heart disease. However, at least one double-blind, placebo-controlled study found that taking a 4g per day dose of curcumin did not improve cholesterol levels. There was enough evidence for a health commission in Germany to approve turmeric for digestive problems. Similar studies conducted in other countries have reported that the antiinflammatory properties of curcumin have aided patients with depression.

As we look for libations to soothe us during the long gray days until spring, turmeric might be the spice for the season. If you drink golden milk at night, which is recommended, it may help you get to sleep faster on these cold winter nights, making spring seem closer every day.

January 15, 2017

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk, preferably coconut milk beverage, almond milk or whole dairy milk
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 (1-inch) piece turmeric, unpeeled, thinly sliced, or 1/2 teaspoon dried turmeric
  • 1 (1/2 inch) piece ginger, unpeeled, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon raw honey
  • 1 tablespoon virgin coconut oil
  • 1/4teaspoon lightly cracked whole black peppercorns
  • 1 cup spring water
  • Ground cinnamon (as garnish)

Instructions

1.  Whisk the coconut or almond milk, cinnamon stick, turmeric, ginger, honey, coconut oil, peppercorns and 1 cup spring water in a small saucepan and bring to a low boil. Reduce heat and simmer until flavors have melded, about 10 minutes.

2.  Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a mug and top with a dash of cinnamon.

You can make golden milk 5 days ahead. Store in an airtight container and chill. Warm before serving.

Cooks’ note: Turmeric root may be hard to find. Check your local co-op or specialty health or food market. It looks similar to ginger root. Otherwise you can find organic dried turmeric in the spice section at your local market or spice store. If you use dried turmeric, make sure you stir well before drinking, as it may settle to the bottom of the mug. If you use turmeric root, be mindful when you handle it, as turmeric can stain your fingers or countertops bright yellow.

Makes 2 cups

adapted from epicurious.com

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk, preferably coconut milk beverage, almond milk or whole dairy milk
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 (1-inch) piece turmeric, unpeeled, thinly sliced, or 1/2 teaspoon dried turmeric
  • 1 (1/2 inch) piece ginger, unpeeled, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon raw honey
  • 1 tablespoon virgin coconut oil
  • 1/4teaspoon lightly cracked whole black peppercorns
  • 1 cup spring water
  • Ground cinnamon (as garnish)

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