Turmeric Lattes

It looked like liquid gold and it had a velvety texture, earthy, slightly pungent and spicy with a hint of orange.  So many twists and turns in the flavor profile.  I instantly became obsessed with turmeric lattes.  Yup, you read it right turmeric latte.  If you are not a fan of turmeric turn away now, there will be other delicious recipes for you later.  I am a fan so I set out to make the yummiest possible latte from my own kitchen because let’s face it, the last thing you want to do sometimes is leave the comfort of your fabulous pad to go get a turmeric latte on a Sunday morning or a late Monday evening.  I love to drink a small cup of this in the evening, as I begin to wind down.  It has a calming effect.

In case you don’t know about Tumeric, (there might still be a few of you out there) here is the rundown.  “Turmeric (Curcuma longa) (/ˈtərmərɪk/) is a rhizomatous herbaceous perennial flowering plant of the ginger family, Zingiberaceae.”  Got that?  Turmeric is part of the root system which grows from the long subterranean stems (rhizomes) of the Curcuma Longa plant.  The root is dried and ground up.  It is a staple spice used in Indian cooking and curry.  Now stay with me because this is what you want to know.  Curcumin is a chemical in the turmeric root.  Curcumin has claimed its place in the holy grail of the “anti” gang of foods, touting so many health benefits that it would bore you to list them all but here are a few.  It has anti-inflammatory properties which help alleviate arthritic conditions, it is an anti-allergenic, anti-oxidant, it helps reduce blood sugar, promote brain health and even assists with cellular optimization. It helps cause apoptosis (suicide) in certain types of cancer cells.  See what I mean!  Now if you are consuming this for its health benefits, you should also know there are a couple of things that will help with the absorption of the supplement.  Fats and pepper – sounds tasty right?  The pepper helps because it inhibits the breakdown of the turmeric allowing for a better circulatory rate which then, in turn, allows your body to absorb more of it.  The fat is crucial to increase the absorption rate (which is why you will see things like butter in some recipes).  Like everything, there are always two sides to the claims.  Countless scientific research papers have been written both for and against its benefits.  And of course, there is always the placebo effect.  Regardless, it’s a great choice to add to your Sunday morning menu when you want to treat yourself to something healthier than a huge delicious cup of hot chocolate.

This is definitely been on the “It” list of drinks for the health crowd for over a year and going strong so there are a lot of delicious recipes out there.  Below are several of my favorites and the Sunday Habits recipe using Gaia Golden Milk.  So, let us start this food adventure with a warning, if you want to juice or blend your own turmeric root rather than using a powder it is well worth the effort but take note that it can be a messy ordeal.  That beautiful liquid gold imagery in the first sentence is true and that golden color can easily transfer to your fingers, clothing, countertop etc. (So much so that I might dedicate a separate post on getting rid of the stains.)   Fresh ingredients are always best but to be honest I often take the easier way out.  Now, the moment you have all been waiting for (drumroll please)!  Ladies and Gentlemen, I present you the best and creamiest Turmeric Lattes around!  Just kidding – sort of- Like I said there are so many delicious recipes out there and you can get as gourmet as you want but here are some great basics including the Sunday Habit Turmeric Latte which of course IS the best lol.

Sunday Habits Golden Milk Turmeric Latte

  • 3/4 cup of Almond milk (or any other milk)
  • 1/4 cup of Coconut creamer (if you are not watching your sugar intake do So Delicious French Vanilla Coconut creamer – OMG it really is so delicious!)
  • Start with 2 TSPs  Gaia Golden Milk Turmeric Powder as you get used to the
  • Pinch of Ginger Powder (I like my drink with a zing so I tend to do a generous pinch)
  • Sprinkle of Nutmeg or Cinnamon – or both!
  • Sprinkle of black pepper
  • And always lots and lots of love

Throw all of this in a small saucepan, give it a couple of whirls and you are done – easy peasy.  Of course, if you have a steamer or frother, for you milk even better!

Note: If you don’t like Coconut use Almond Milk or some other type of milk but keep in mind if it does not have a high-fat content you should add some fat like a teaspoon of Ghee or Butter for absorption and for that delicious creamy vibe.

Below are few other yummy options:
Reboot with Joe – this is the team that did the documentary Fat Sick and Nearly Dead.
Wellness Mama – this one uses Fresh ingredients (this has been my goto blog for quite some time for recipes and tips for a more holistic way of living.)

Hope you enjoy this as much as I do and may this cup bring nourishment!