Published on October 2nd, 2017 | by Catherine Tingey0
DIY Golden Milk
DIY GOLDEN MILK
So we all know that inflammation is a bad thing and that SUPER FOODS reduce inflammation in the body. Golden Milk has a rich tradition in Ayurvedic medicine as a tonifying and relaxing drink. It’s easy-to-make and full of warming spices that are perfect for this time of year.
The show stopper in Golden Milk is turmeric, a relative of the ginger family. A root vegetable with a deep orangey, yellow hue, turmeric contains the compound curcumin, which has been shown to reduce osteoarthritis, and possibly reduce symptoms of RA. It’s also a popular spice in Indian cooking.
There are several brands of commercially made Golden Milk and this one by Gaia is very popular, however if you’ve ever bought this you know the price and how only 1/4 of the jar is actually full, so MAKE YOUR OWN! I’ve taste tested my DIY version with Gaia’s and honestly, I think mine is more flavorful!
- Start with a good tea or chai masala spice. Make sure it does not contain black tea, but does contain black pepper. Black pepper, along with some fat, has been shown to synergistically combine with curcumin for optimal absorption. I like this one.
- Any fresh organic turmeric powder (it should have a smell so check the expiration date.)
- Vanilla powder (optional). I like this one.
DIRECTIONS (makes 4-5 cups)
In a glass jar combine:
- 1 TBS TURMERIC
- 2 TBS TEA/CHAI MASALA
- 1 TBSP VANILLA POWDER
Use 1 heaping teaspoon of Golden Milk/8 oz boiling water or milk of your choice.
Traditionally, you heat 8 oz of a milk (make sure it has fat), and whisk in the spices to open them up.
I like to use water as a base and then add a milk/cream at the end. Yogi’s Choice! Sweetener can be added as well, but try it without first!
Stir while drinking as some of the spices will not dissolve, and avoid wearing white while preparing this. Turmeric will stain everything, even metal utensils.
ENJOY and let me know how you like it!