If there's any spice that should be incorporated into your day-to-day diet, it's turmeric! This soothing, creamy, "Turmeric Milk" is so delicious, I just can't rave about this recipe of inspiration enough!
"Nutrition Stripped" (by Dietician Nutritionist McKel Hill) is a beautifully-designed, plant-based, whole-foods cooking (and lifestyle!) website and blog, with recipes encompassing everything from smoothies, soups, salads and side dishes, including recipes categorized by season. The blog also debunks several food-related myths, also offering "The 411" on various health-related topics, including reading nutritional labels, wellness trends and self-care.
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This Turmeric Milk utilizes homemade almond milk, coconut oil (optional), raw, unpasteurized honey (optional), ground turmeric, ground cinnamon and fresh ginger - yum!! With a mug of this goodness, you just can't go wrong! I chose to include the optional ingredients in my test-try of this recipe, and am I ever glad I did! While turmeric has a very distinct taste that is rather pungent and bitter, this combination of ingredients yields a very comforting and flavourful milk with just the slightest sweetness, removing the pungent and bitter taste you would have anticipated otherwise. You may view the Turmeric Milk recipe here.
*You may view my post about how to make a nut/seed milk from scratch here.
Some highlights about some of the ingredients:
Turmeric’s main, active ingredient, curcumin, is a powerful anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, anticancer agent, fighting free radicals that cause cellular damage in the body[i]
Turmeric is effectively used for arthritis, stomach pain, diarrhea, intestinal gas and bloating of the stomach; it is ideal for inflammatory bowel diseases[ii]
The phenolic (aromatic) compounds in ginger assist in relieving gastrointestinal irritation, stimulate saliva and bile production and suppress gastric contractions and movement of food and fluids through the Gastrointestinal Tract[iii]
Raw, unpasteurized honey possesses anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal properties
Cinnamon is anti-microbial, an anti-oxidant and helps to stabilize blood sugar; its fiber may also provide relief from constipation or diarrhea[iv]
Let me know what you think about this thoughtfully-crafted, therapeutic and healing beverage! I'd love to know what variations you may have tried and liked!
[i] Mother Nature Network: The Amazing Health Benefits of Turmeric. (2008). Retrieved November 25, 2015 from http://www.mnn.com/food/healthy-eating/stories/the-amazing-health-benefits-of-turmeric
[ii] WebMD: Turmeric. Retrieved November 22, 2015 from http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-662-turmeric.aspx?activeingredientid=662&activeingredientname=turmeric
[iii] MedicalNewsToday: Ginger – Health Benefits and Nutritional Information. (2015). Retrieved November 22, 2015 from http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/265990.php
[iv] The World’s Healthiest Foods: Cinnamon, ground. Retrieved November 23, 2015 from http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?dbid=68&tname=foodspice