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Liquid Gold: A Turmeric Latte

Posted Sep 16 2013 2:04pm

Although technically it isn’t quite fall yet, the temperatures have changed as well as total daylight. The rains have arrived and with that also the flu. Advertisements for the flu shot are now being blared over grocery store loud speakers and on the radio. 

However, I love the fall. For me fall is the season of rejuvenation, a time to focus on health and rehabilitation after a busy and adventurous summer. Everything about it brings a sense of coziness. The crisp air, the rained-out days, and the turning of the leaves. Not to mention scarves and boots and all the fun clothes of the season.  T fall temperatures and colors  always call my name to run the trails in the foothills of Seattle and afterwards treat myself to a hot latte or cup of tea.

Warm drinks now replace iced drinks. I often hear people proclaim their excitement that Starbucks has once again released its Pumpkin Spice Latte. Oh how we are creatures of habit. So now I will release my latte. It’s spicy, and slightly sweet with the color of gold warming your insides and lifting your soul. However, most notably it will support your health, by boosting your immune system and reducing inflammation. And here is why.


The two powerhouse ingredients are turmeric and ginger which both have been used in Indian and Chinese medicine for centuries as potent anti-inflammatory agents.

Turmeric: Its main component curcumin has been shown to be similar in pain and inflammation reduction like the popular drugs hydrocortisone and Mortin without the added side effects. Curcumin has also demonstrated relief for people with all sorts of disease states including Irritable Bowel Disease, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and Cancer. Also, curcumin is protective for the heart, the liver, the skin and the brain by quenching free radicals and reducing inflammation. More recently curcumin has been studied for potential anti-depressant activity. A 2013 study of individuals with Major Depressive Disorder concluded the first clinical evidence that curcumin may be used as a safe and effective treatment.

Ginger: Most notably known for it carminative effects (promotes release of intestinal gas), ginger has been used to alleviate GI distress including nausea and vomiting. In addition, a bioactive component of ginger called 6-gingerol has shown to suppress pro-inflammatory compounds in joints, cartilage, and the immune system.


Finally, both ginger and turmeric have a warming effect in the body by stimulating the heart and enhancing circulation. If your hands and feet are cold and you cant seem to warm up, a cup will bring you comfort!

Now who wants a cup of liquid gold? I do!!

Liquid Gold Turmeric Latte
Makes 1 serving
1 cup fresh cashew or almond milk (regular cow's milk will work fine too)
½ teaspoon turmeric powder
½ teaspoon ginger powder
¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
1-2 teaspoons maple syrup or honey (depends on how sweet you like it)
Pinch of sea salt
Optional:1 tablespoon coconut milk/cream

Directions:

Note: If you want to use homemade almond milk click here for how-to directions and skip to step number 4.

1. To make cashew milk soak ½ cup raw organic cashews in water for 30 minutes.  Strain cashews and place into high-speed blender.
2. Add 4 cups filtered water, a tablespoon of either maple syrup/honey/ or 1 pitted medjool date, and a pinch sea salt.
3. Blend on high for 1 minute. Pour into a glass jar and store in refrigerator for up to 1 week. Make sure to shake prior to using because particles will settle.
4.  Pour 1 cup fresh milk into a small saucepan. Add turmeric, ginger, vanilla, maple syrup, and sea salt. Whisk together. If you want it extra creamy add the coconut milk as well.
5.  Heat the mixture over medium-high heat. Begin whisking to froth the foam and reduce heat to medium-low when mixture beings to simmer. Try to keep the mixture from boiling. Continue whisking until the foam thickens. The turmeric and ginger also thicken the milk, giving the drink a creamy texture.
6. Remove from heat and pour into your favorite cup.

Enjoy your Liquid Gold Turmeric Latte! Cheers to your health!!

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References:
1. Sanmukhani J, Satodia V, Trivedi J, et al. Efficacy and Safety of Curcumin in Major Depressive Disorder: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Phytother Res. 2013 July 6: doi: 10.1002/ptr.5025
2. WHFoods: Turmeric
3. WHFoods: Ginger
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