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  • Writer's pictureAudrey Locy

Golden Milk Latte

Golden milk is an ayurvedic remedy that warms the soul and has unbelievable health benefits! My golden milk latte recipe is full of anti-inflammatory properties and also promotes healthy blood sugar levels and digestion! If you want a nutritious coffee alternative, this is for you!

Golden milk is a tonic that dates back centuries. It originates from the ancient medicinal practice of Ayurveda. "Ayur" means life and "veda" means knowledge. Ayurveda began in India and it focuses on promoting a healthy life through dietary principles that balance the essential energy of life. Golden milk is said to strengthen this vitality. The turmeric is also believed to balance all three doshas. Doshas are the three energies that flow through the body and regulate physiological activity. They are Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. Every ones doshas are unique. For example, my mind is governed predominantly by Vata energy but my body is mainly Kapha energy. So, If my doshas are "out of alignment," the turmeric can assist in balancing those energies. This is similar to the concept of balancing chakras when your chakras are not aligned properly. I am not an expert on Ayurvedic medicine, but if you want to learn more about it, I highly recommend checking out one of my favorite Ayurvedic teachers, Sahara Rose.

Nowadays, golden milk lattes have risen in fame as a "trendy" drink. Despite the social media worthy look of this latte, the nutritional benefits are incredible. The traditional form of Golden milk that dates back thousands of years was generally just milk and turmeric, which is what gives the milk its beautiful yellow hue. If you are unfamiliar with this amazing spice, it is full of these phytochemicals called Curcuminoids. These little powerhouses decrease inflammation in the body as their sole purpose! If you have an auto-immune disease or inflammatory illness, turmeric is a saving grace for pain relief and balancing your internal inflammation. In order for these curcuminoids to be properly absorbed by your gut, they have to be combined with two things, a source of fat and black pepper. In this recipe I use half almond milk and half full fat coconut milk. This is your fat source. The recipe also calls for a pinch of black pepper, which increases the bioavailability of curcuminoids significantly. The other two spices in this latte are cinnamon and ginger. Cinnamon is great for balancing your blood sugar levels. It keeps your blood glucose from spiking throughout the day, so it is great for those who have diabetes. Ginger is known for its ability to balance your digestion and decrease nausea. It also helps support a healthy immune response, which is perfect for those who feel like they get sick a lot or have immunity issues. Long story short, if you have a chronic illness or just want a warming pick-me-up, this drink is for you!


Golden Milk Latte

Prep time: 5 min Cook time: 10 min

Total time: 15 min

Cuisine: Indian, Vegan, Gluten-free

Servings: 2 Category: Beverage


1 cup almond milk, unsweetened original

1 cup coconut milk, canned, full-fat

1 tsp turmeric, ground

1/8 tsp ginger, ground

1/8 tsp cinnamon, ground

pinch black pepper, ground

1 tbsp maple syrup, pure

1/2 tsp vanilla extract


Directions


1. Put all ingredients, except for vanilla extract, into medium sauce pan and whisk together.

2. Heat up mixture on stove top, on medium heat, for about 10 minutes whisking occasionally.

3. Once the mixture is steaming and slightly bubbly on the edges, take off heat and add vanilla extract.

4. Whisk golden milk until slightly frothy and then serve immediately in favorite mug, Enjoy!


Notes

** The Golden Milk can be stored in an air-tight container, in the fridge for 5-7 days. Feel free to double or triple the recipe to make a big batch for the entire week. Just remember to whisk the mixture every time you take it out of the fridge, before serving, because the spices will settle at the bottom of the container.

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