Golden Milk

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Golden milk.

Sounds heavenly, doesn’t it?

Add golden to anything, and it’s instantly appealing… with the exception of, perhaps, snow.

You may have heard of this magical drink because it’s über-trendy, and the latest thing since matcha lattes, but what you may not know is that turmeric is an ayurvedic superpower. In short, it’s AMAZING, not just trendy.

What this bright orange compound (called “curcumin”) is most known for is being a very powerful anti-inflammatory.

What is inflammation?

Let us pause for a moment… See, many people don’t really know what inflammation is exactly. I didn’t really. But then in my holistic nutrition studies we talked a ton about inflammation, and more specifically about chronic inflammation,* so now I can break it down for you.

In short:

Inflammation = pain

Inflammation = causes dis-ease in the body

Inflammation 101. What you need to know is… you don’t want it. Like think of what you want LEAST in your life (soggy macaroni, athlete’s foot, Justin Bieber…) you want inflammation even less.

Thankfully there’s a root that was seemingly made to kick inflammation’s behind, and that is turmeric.

(*We do need a very small amount of inflammation in the body for proper functioning but we’re talking about the overload of inflammation which is rampant in today’s out-of-whack world.)

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What causes chronic inflammation in the first place?

Glad you asked. You know the answer deep down, of course, but let me just corroborate the claims of the little voice in your head. Some of the causes are as follows:

  • Being obese or overweight
  • Eating a poor diet
  • A sedentary lifestyle (very little or no exercise)
  • Smoking
  • Stress
  • Etc.

See… you know this stuff.

But, wait a second… isn’t this supposed to be a recipe post? Yes, yes, but I want you to understand why we suggest golden milk. Especially because otherwise poor golden milk is always going to lose the battle with hot chocolate when you’re in the mood for a warm mug.

Other benefits of turmeric include:

  • Beneficial for joints, specifically arthritis. (See: Inflammation.)
  • Liver cleansing
  • Colds and flus (See: Inflammation.)
  • Skin disorders
  • Etc.

Ayurveda is anything but new, and I’m fascinated by how long it has taken the West to get jiggy with all these timeless, natural, and effective remedies. (No doubt something to do with the big bad drug companies, but I digress…)

So, without further ado, let’s get milking.

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Golden Milk Paste

We recommend making a "turmeric paste" so that you can enjoy golden milk several times a week, most especially if you're feeling under the weather.

Prep time

2 min.

Cook time

10 min.

Total time

12 min.

Ingredients

Turmeric Paste

  • 1/4 cup turmeric powder (or the raw root blended up in a high speed blender if you’re all fancy-pants)
  • 1/2 cup filtered water

Golden Milk

  • Non-dairy milk — oat, almond, coconut, cashew, rice, etc. (Don’t even think about cow’s milk — we’ve already talked about this here.)
  • Two pinches of ground pepper
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • Sweetener of choice (maple syrup, agave, honey.) A little dab’ll do ya.

*Keep in mind that these measurements are just jumping off points. Please experiment for yourself and see what works for you. Some people dig the taste of turmeric, some aren’t so keen but they do it because it’s so beneficial and they get used to it.*

Instructions

For the paste:

  1. Heat up the filtered water over low to medium heat, with the turmeric powder (or ground up root). Mix constantly, adding more water if necessary to form a paste. Cook and mix for about 7 minutes. Be careful not to let it boil like crazy — it splatters and, Lord knows, turmeric stains…. (I speak from experience.)
  2. Store this paste in a glass jar in the fridge for a couple weeks. (Always smell it before using it, but it should last a couple weeks if it’s stored in an airtight jar. When it goes bad it starts to smell metallic.)

For the golden milk:

  1. Heat up a cup of your favorite non-dairy milk over medium heat. I recommend oat milk as I find it light and creamy. (Coconut milk makes me feel like I’m drinking a cup of coconut curry, but to each his own…)
  2. Add in a 1/4 tsp of the turmeric paste… or more or less. Depends on your tolerance. Start small and work your way up.
  3. Keep stirring constantly until the mixture is very hot, but not yet boiling. About 5 minutes.
  4. Turn off heat and stir in your sweetener of choice, the coconut oil, and the black pepper. Pour into a lovely mug, and sprinkle the top with a dash more of pepper (for aesthetic appeal. 😉 )
  5. Drink slowly and thoughtfully… knowing that not only are you taking incredible care of your body, you’re also winning massive karma points by being all “ayurvedic.”
Notes & Tips
  • Black pepper helps with absorption
  • Coconut oil also helps with absorption and lubricating your joints (and is antifungal, antimicrobial, antibacterial, and is just amazing times 14.)
  • Keep in mind… the more you drink this, the more health benefits you’ll experience. One cup every six months doesn’t do that much. If you have severe pain, for example, have a cup of golden milk (with a tsp. of turmeric paste) twice a day.
  • You can use your turmeric paste to make “golden rice,” too! Don’t be afraid to be experimental.
  • Also, if you don’t want to go the paste route, then just mix up a bit of turmeric powder in some non-dairy milk over the stove, and then add the rest of the ingredients, following the same procedure.
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I love golden milk in the evening. I find it very soothing — a cup of self-care. Give it a go, and let me know what you think… it may bring you golden slumbers. (A song I sang once. 😉 )

P.S. Need a cashew milk recipe? Here you go!

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6 thoughts on “Golden Milk

  1. Arnold says:

    Just tried this, its amazing with homemade oat milk and raw honey!

  2. Sara says:

    Hello!!

    Glad to see the Superfoods lifestyle is catching on in Paris. I live in California- will be there in June. I make raw chocolate, juice and use Superfoods all the time.

    -Sara

    1. Ann says:

      Hi Sara! Yes! It’s catchin’ on here for sure. 🙂 (And we’re excited about it.) Thanks so much for visiting VM!

  3. Will definitely try golden milk! I already use tumeric in my morning smoothie but like the idea of having it more than once a day. Thanks for the recipe!

    1. Ann says:

      Oooh, that’s great that you’re already on the turmeric train — it’s so beneficial! Let me know what you think of the golden milk! It’s really soothing in the evening. 🙂 <3

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