Honestly, I was completely confused when I first heard about a “Turmeric Latte”. I was asking myself – What is Turmeric? How do I even say that word properly? Is this a new form of coffee? Why is this a thing? Can someone explain this all to me? Anyone!?
It wasn’t the easiest search, but I finally got to the bottom of it all. Turmeric, pronounced TERM-RICK, is a spice commonly used in curries with incredible anti-inflammatory properties – this is because of curcumin, a phytochemical found in turmeric. A few extra benefits associated with turmeric are balanced moods, easing aches and pains, helping to speed up the healing of wounds, balancing blood sugars, and helping to line the stomach. Its some gooood stuff friends!
And no, Brittney, it’s not a new form of coffee…
After determining what it was, I dove in head first – I’m a ‘give it your all’ kinda girl. Unfortunately, it was a hot mess. I googled some recipe’s and just gave it a go. I mixed way too much turmeric with way too much ginger and just added some hot milk. I literally gagged on it…it was revolting. I don’t actually understand why people are drinking these disgusting latte’s – but hey, to each their own. After quite a few attempts of mixing together what I had in my cupboards and talking to a few friends, I finally stumbled upon something delightful. Every sip is like basking in the sun on a park bench on an unseasonably warm autumn day. Here’s my tips on how to make a turmeric latte delicious. It’s pure bliss.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- a teaspoon of turmeric powder
- a dash of cinnamon
- a small dash of black pepper (this is what activates the curcumin – do it!)
- a spoonful of coconut oil
- a spoonful of manuka honey
- at least 1 1/2 cups of unsweetened almond milk
Begin by heating up your almond milk on the stove top in a small pan. I often add more almond milk than noted above, but that is just personal preference. Also, I suggest using unsweetened almond milk as you’ll add honey for a hint of sweetness and there is so much sugar in all forms of milk (even skim cows milk!) when they are not ‘unsweetened’. But I digress…
Once your milk is nice and hot, add your turmeric, cinnamon, and pepper. Stir them in until the liquid is a light golden colour. Finish up by adding the coconut oil and manuka honey and letting them melt into it. Coconut oil will help the goodness of the spices absorb into your body and manuka honey is gold in the honey world. You can’t get anything better.
When everything has melded together and smells heavenly, pour it into a mug and enjoy. Relax, write a gratitude list, and sip away!
What ways have you found to incorporate turmeric into your diet?