If you’ve never heard of Turmeric Milk, you’re in for a treat. Turmeric Milk is my absolute favorite night time drinks other than hot tea. This drink is not only completely comforting, relaxing, and soothing at night, but extremely nutritious. Turmeric contains loads of nutrients especially antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds which make this a win-win in my book. Another benefit, it simply tastes delicious! Warm, slightly spicy, bold, and earthy flavors with a hint of sweetness makes this a new night cap beverage (sans the alcohol).
Most of us here in the Western culture (US) have some story of a mother, parent, grandmother, etc. who have told us to drink warm milk before bedtime because it’ll help us sleep. The theory behind that originated due to the tyrptophan content in milk (same with the turkey theory, which is false, it’s simply because we eat way too much and our energy rushes to our digestive tracts to digest that load of food, not because of some amino acid- end rant). Honestly, I can’t show any research that supports this theory (instead this one says different), but we’ll go ahead and chalk it up as it’s simply comforting. Anything warm in the evening hours provides soothing effects on our digestion and almost instantaneously relaxes us.
Most traditional recipes will use whole cows milk, but I choose a different option that’s a little more friendly to our bodies and digestion. Enter in, Turmeric Milk (with dairy alternatives). Traditionally Turmeric Milk comes from many Ayurvedic practices and medicine in Indian cultures. Turmeric is nothing new to Eastern cultures, in fact it’s been known as a “healing spice” used to help anything from sore throats, colds, flus, stomach aches to wound healing, abrasions/skin issues due to it’s antibacterial and antimicrobial properties (more on why I love turmeric later!).
Turmeric milk is not only high in antioxidants, anti inflammatory compounds, healthy fats (especially when using coconut milk), but also manganese and iron (found in turmeric). In traditional recipes, which include peppercorns, actually enhances the absorption of curcumin (the main component found in turmeric) in our bodies. The ingredients in this recipe actually work in a synergistic fashion, fascinating!
- 2 cups of homemade almond milk (or other organic varieties)
- 1 tablespoon local honey (sugar-free version is stevia)
- 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
- small pinch of black pepper and grated ginger (fresh is best)
- 1 cinnamon stick or 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Simply pour all ingredients into a small saucepan and bring to a light boil, reduce heat and drink warm.
- You may also consume this chilled, but warm is best.
- Strain if you have large pieces of ginger, cinnamon, peppercorns, etc.
Subtle Variations |
- Add 2-3 whole cardamom pods while boiling
- Add 2-3 whole black peppercorns
- Add more honey or maple syrup to sweeten
- Add vanilla extract to taste
Have you ever tried Turmeric Milk? What are your thoughts on this unique drink?
p.s. Memorial Day weekend starts today, keep this drink in mind when you’re “recovering” from the weekend “activities” ;)