Photo courtesy of healthline.com

Photo courtesy of healthline.com

Golden milk or turmeric milk, as it is also called, has been around for centuries.  It is used for various purposes, from encouraging a healthy immune system to reducing inflammation (which is a key issue in arthritis and cancer) and aiding in digestive issues. It has such a rich color that Golden Milk is my warm, cozy go-to drink and add in its antiviral properties and it becomes a fantastic choice during the cold season.  Enjoy it just before going to bed or some recommend it on an empty stomach in the morning.  Below is a fantastic recipe for Golden Milk using rice milk and coconut milk.  You can substitute milks, like oat milk or almond milk, but if you are able to, I really would keep the coconut milk in, as it makes the drink ever so creamy. 

Turmeric (Curcuma longais the spice that gives the Golden "milk" its amazing color.  It is the Golden Milk's primary ingredient and has been used medicinally for in excess of 4,500 years.  Turmeric has been used for foods like curries, dying fabrics, healing wounds and improving the health for centuries.  Read my article on turmeric to learn more. 

Photo courtesy of  girlandthekitchen.com

Photo courtesy of girlandthekitchen.com

INGREDIENTS

3 c. rice milk

3 dates (soft or soaked no pit)

3/4 c light coconut milk

1/2 T coconut oil

3/4 tsp ground turmeric

1/4 tsp cardamom

1/4 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp vanilla or vanilla bean

1/8 tsp freshly cracked black pepper

 

How to make it

I threw everything in my Vitamix and blended it for 5 minutes until very warm.  Some may not have a mixer that will do that or prefer not to go that mode; when I'm busy, this option prevents me from burning the "milk" on the stove!  If you choose to prepare it on the stove, put in a small pot, whisk and warm over medium heat until it is quite warm but not boiling.  Pour its joyful yellow goodness, over into a glass or two (possibly even three depending on the size of your cups).  Rest, Relax & Enjoy!

You can store the leftovers, if any in glass container in the fridge for a few days.  

WARNING

Remember turmeric is used to dye clothing...Wear an apron!  

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