I was binge watching a Netflix series recently called The Paleo Way. And as much as I don’t advocate for any particular diet and believe that balance is always the way to go when maintaining a lifestyle, this show had me hooked. The idea behind a Paleo lifestyle is fascinating and the show was very educational. I’m sure, as with any diet, it has its positives and negatives, but the one thing I did take away from the show was the incredible recipes. One being Golden Milk, also known as turmeric milk, an Indian drink that has been gaining popularity in Western cultures. I’ve heard about golden milk and know the benefits of turmeric just from it’s recent popularity, but watching this delicious warm frothy drink being made on TV made me want to run out and buy the ingredients. Apparently there are many health benefits to turmeric milk. Turmeric is a natural anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-arthritic, and has anti-cancer benefits, among others.
When in Montreal over New Years I had golden milk at one of the adorable coffee shops in the old city, and it was absolutely delicious. So comforting on a cold day and really hit the spot. They actually were serving it with regular whole milk, but we got ours with almond milk. More on Montreal later… When I got back from Montreal, I high tailed it to Whole Foods to get the ingredients; almond milk, turmeric, maple syrup, black pepper, ginger, and cinnamon. Most of these items you may already have in your kitchen. Some of the recipes I’ve found online call for coconut cream, milk, or oil, and there are probably some health benefits to adding those, but I have found just an almond milk latte works best for me. This is the easiest version, but there are many variations like using freshly grated turmeric, freshly grated ginger, using a cinnamon stick instead of ground, and using whole peppercorns instead of ground black pepper. It really depends on how much time you have and the flavor profile you’re going for.
Golden Milk for 2
2 C unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 Tbs ground turmeric
2 tsp minced ginger
2 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1 Tbs All Natural Maple Syrup
In a small saucepan add all ingredients and bring to a slight simmer. Whisk together until blended and frothy and let it simmer for about 5-10min. You could also mix all ingredients in a blender and heat or use a milk frother to mix all ingredients together. Serve and enjoy!