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The inner sunshine for your body, aka Golden Latte. There is something so comforting and soothing about this beverage. Is it the color? Or the consistency? The taste? The benefits?
I think it’s the combination of all!
This is my go-to drink when I want something creamy, warm, and soothing. It’s perfect after a walk with my pup on a cold day. Or even just being home under the blanket with a cuppa, is the best.
Have you tried Golden Latte? Do you think it’s hard or complicated to make? Not, at all! You need just a few things on hand.
Milk of your choice, but the creamier the better.
Fresh or ground turmeric.
Fresh or ground ginger.
Black pepper ( I know, unusual, but a must)
Honey or sweetener of your choice.
One pot, few minutes and you have yourself a delicious healthy beverage! What do you think? Shall we make it??
I like to use fresh products whenever I can, but I know fresh turmeric sometimes it’s not always available. So if you can’t find it, don’t worry, ground turmeric and ginger will work just fine.
When I use fresh roots I cut about 1”-1.5”(3cm) long pieces. You can grate them, or just cut them into small pieces. But the smaller, they are the faster they will release their flavor. If they are big chunks they will need to simmer longer.
“This beverage will truly make your winter day feel like summer.“
In terms of milk, I like to use plant milk, but it has to be a good quality. Many plant-based milks have lots of unnecessary additives, which I like to avoid. Homemade milk is the best because of course, you know exactly what’s in it. But if you don’t have time to make it, just look at the package ingredients before you buy. I suggest Oat milk or Almond milk, they are creamy and easy to make yourself. And of course, if you prefer just regular milk, you can absolutely use that.
I mentioned above the importance of adding black pepper. You just need a tiny bit to make the benefits of the turmeric be absorbed by the body! Why? Keep reading.
Lots of research has shown the health benefits of turmeric and its main ingredient curcumin(1). But because this component is not easily absorbed by the body, it needs the help of the piperine, which is a compound found in black pepper. Those two together make the perfect combo. The added black pepper significantly increases the absorption of the curcumin.
But what are the benefits, you would ask?
Anti-inflammatory. Anti-bacterial. Antioxidant. Antimutagenic. Antimicrobial.
And so much more! Turmeric is a very powerful ingredient and a must in my pantry. It’s used in many Asian and Middle Eastern cooking ( Indian, Indonesian, Nepali, Persian, and many more). It’s a true medicine used for centuries.
Ginger! Just as powerful as turmeric. The benefits of this plant are known and used for a long time. I’m just going to name a few of the things it can help with: Indigestion, nausea, menstrual pain. Can help lowering blood sugar, cholesterol levels, may improve brain function, and bazillion more things!
Now you know why I love this Golden Latte so much, not only because it tastes delicious, but also because it’s sooo good for the body! Perfect for the cold months and especially good in preventing a cold or getting sick.
Ginger and Turmeric are some of my favorites and I love using them in my cooking. And if you think they taste too strong, start with little at a time and slowly increase the amount. But remember even a little bit it’s better than none.
Naw back to the drink. I like to sweeten mine with honey, which I add last. As you know honey also has health benefits, but they can be destroyed by high heat, so you don’t want to kill them by adding it when the drink is too hot.
Sometimes I also add cinnamon for extra flavor and why not extra benefits. You can add it during simmering or mix it in when you are adding the honey.
However you decide to make it. Just do it. It will be delicious and your body will thank you!
- 1 cup milk of your choice
- 1-1¼ inch (3cm) Fresh Turmeric or ½ t ground turmeric
- 1-1¼ inch (3cm) Fresh Ginger or ½ t ground ginger
- ⅛ t black pepper
- 1 t honey or another sweetener of your choice
- ½ t cinnamon or cinnamon stick
- If using fresh turmeric and ginger, grate them with a zester or a grater. You can also just chopped them into small pieces.
- In a saucepan add the milk, turmeric, ginger, and back pepper. If you would like you can add the cinnamon stick or powder at this point too.
- Simmer on low to med heat for about 15-20min.
- Take off the heat and using a strainer pour into a cup.
- At this point, you can add the honey and powder cinnamon if using any.
- Enjoy while hot!