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 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. Definitely 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 and I also came across some recipes that weren’t so good. Because I love you to bits and I will share my two favorite recipes below.

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 there 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 claim.  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.

So let us start this food adventure with a warning, 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.)  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.   I will list both variations below.  Now, the moment you have all been waiting for (drumroll please)!  Ladies and Gentlemen, I present you the best and creamiest Golden Milk Lattes ever made!  Just kidding – but pretty damn close!

Chai Turmeric Latte 

  • Turmeric Root
  • Ginger Root for some heat
  • Vanilla Extract for a lovely smoky taste
  • Coconut Sugar a healthier option to sugar, of course use whatever you want
  • Coconut Milk
  • DIY Chai spice mix
    • 3 tsp ground ginger.
    • 2 tsp ground cinnamon.
    • 1 tsp ground cloves.
    • 1 tsp ground nutmeg.
    • 1 tsp ground cardamom.
    • 1/4- 1/2 tsp black pepper (optional)

Golden Milk Turmeric Latte

  • Gaia Golden Milk Turmeric
  • Ginger Powder
  • Nutmeg
  • Cinnamon
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Almond Milk or some other type of milk (if it does not have a high-fat content you will have to add some fat)
  • Ghee or Butter
  • Maple Syrup

 

 

 

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