The day before yesterday I landed on Swedish soil, greeted by the most beautiful, sunny and crispy winter weather. My mindset immediately switched from Watermelon eating to warming golden milk drinking. Remember the Warming Turmeric Milk I posted a while back? A couple of weeks ago I fine tuned that recipe for Swedish health & fitness mag Kurera (cure), to make it creamier and even more nourishing!
Golden Milk has been very popular in the blogosphere for a while now, and no wonder since it’s so good for you! See for example Elenore’s Vedic Golden Milk and her super informative and interesting text about Turmeric.
It’s called Golden Milk for its obvious yellow color. It is the bright yellow spice Turmeric that gives the drink its distinctive color, and also its awesome health benefits. Drink 1-2 cups a days, ideally in the evening. The plant milk (preferably oat/cashew/almond) provides you with plenty of magnesium to help the muscles relax and to give you a better sleep. The coconut oil also has a soothing effect as it helps lubricate the joints. But the magical ingredient is really the often overlooked Turmeric powder. You might believe Turmeric’s only purpose is to give your curry a slightly prettier color, but this amazing root has traditionally been used in Ayurvedic medicine to detox the liver, prevent diseases and ease digestion. The active ingredient in Turmeric is called curcumin, which has anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidative and anti-parasitic and antifungal properties. Phew, a lot of anti’s. Some people might be skeptical about this, but the anti-inflammatory effect of curcumin has actually been shown to be equivalent to hydrocortisone, but without the side effects. Cool, right?! Add a little black pepper and you increase the bioavailability of curcumin by a thousand fold!
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Peter Wilhelmsson – Näringsmedicinska uppslagsboken
1 cup plant milk of choice (I use oat milk)
1/2-1 tsp turmeric
1/3 tsp ground cardamom
1/3 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp virgin coconut oil
1-2 tsp raw honey (or maple syrup/agave for a vegan option)
pinch of cayenne pepper
pinch of black pepper
Combine all ingredients for the Golden Milk except honey in a sauce pan. Carefully heat while stirring. When the Golden Milk is steamy (but not boiling), pour into a cup and stir in the honey. Drink immediately, but careful not to burn the tongue :)
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