Sunshine in a Cup – Turmeric Latte

2016-02-05 07.14.38I love our visits to my sister’s home in Phoenix. She and I have a field day cooking and sampling new dishes, but we especially enjoy visiting the many wonderful restaurants in the area. Some, like Pomegranate Cafe, are vegetarian/vegan; others, like Flower Child, offer a varied menu with healthy vegan options. On our last visit, I sampled a bright yellow, Turmeric Latte. It was mellow and a delicious blend of non-dairy milks and the healing spice. Turmeric has been all over the Internet of late. Article after article touts its remarkable inflammation-fighting qualities courtesy of the curcumin contained within. Consuming turmeric on a daily basis is highly recommended.

I acted on a tip from Dr. Greger in his book, How Not To Die (get it if you don’t have it already!). I bought a bag of fresh turmeric while in Phoenix and brought it back to Houston, tossing it in my freezer. I pull a little out whenever I need it.

Back home I couldn’t get that yummy, yellow, mellow, warm latte out of my mind and so I embarked on a Google search hoping to discover a comparable recipe. I tried several I came across without success (read: gag). In desperation I even experimented with turmeric lemonade (thumbs down). I was about to give up when I stumbled upon a fantastic recipe at Mykitchenshrink. It’s the absolute best! In fact, I could start every morning with my hands wrapped around a warm cup of this health-promoting sunshine – almond milk, fresh turmeric, fresh ginger, lemon slice, agave nectar, cinnamon, along with pinches of both black pepper and cayenne. Perfection!

Healing Turmeric Golden Milk Latte

Healing Turmeric Latte

Healing Turmeric Latte

(www.mykitchenshrink.com)

2 cups of almond milk (you can also use your favorite kind of non-dairy milk)
1 slice of lemon, with rind, optional
1 tablespoon local honey (or agave nectar), optional
1 teaspoon fresh turmeric (without skin)
1 teaspoon fresh ginger (without skin)
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 pinch of cayenne pepper
small pinch of black pepper

Pour all ingredients into a Vitamix or blender and mix until smooth.

Pour into a small saucepan and bring to a light boil, whisk to combine ingredients.
Reduce heat to low and simmer for up to 10-15 minutes.

Strain the milk if you have large pieces of ginger, cinnamon, peppercorns, etc.
Serve and enjoy!

Notes: Try using Stevia instead of honey for a reduced sugar drink!

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