Yo! Welcome back, hope you all had a lovely week, wherever you may be. This week I wanted to share with you my homemade turmeric latte recipe. It’s a lovely, warming, nourishing drink, perfect for those days when you are trying to keep your caffeine intake on the low! Turmeric is also supposed to be an awesome anti inflammatory ingredient, something I am quite keen to keep in my diet to stop a few joint problems I have flaring up.
I’m gonna keep this short and sweet, but a few things to mention before we get into it! 1) I am not a nutritionist, although I did study a little nutrition at university last semester. 2) all the info I am giving you is to the best of MY understanding. It comes with the best intention, but don’t take everything you read online for granted.
What you are going to need:
- Almond Milk (I just measure the amount in the size of cup I’m using). You could also use Coconut/Cashew/Oat Milk, whatever your jam is.
- Turmeric (I use powdered because thats all I have)
- Coconut Oil
- Black Pepper
- First up, you are going to have to make some turmeric paste. I usually make enough for the week, so I can whip one of these up whenever I fancy. Into a jar, mix 1 part turmeric to 2 parts boiling water. So if you want one of these daily, its around 14 teaspoons of turmeric powder, 28 teaspoons boiling water (did I really just use a calculator to check 14 x 2? Yes, yes I did). Mix into a paste. Probs best to store this in the fridge for the week.
- Measure out your almond milk. As I mentioned above, I just measure the correct amount in whichever mug I’m using. Tip into a pan, and heat on low heat. Whatever you do, don’t let the milk boil because ewww gross.
- Add 2 teaspoons of turmeric paste to you milk. Whisk it in to see it turn that gorgeous golden colour.
- Add in a teaspoon/teaspoon and a half of coconut oil. This is maybe a slightly acquired taste, but I feel it makes it taste rich, creamy and actually may take a dent out of your hunger if you drink between meals. Having this small amount of fat in the drink is actually pretty important. The anti inflammatory properties of turmeric come from the curcumin it contains. Curcumin is lipid soluble, so if you want to absorb it in a hasty fashion, add this to your drink.
- Add a tiny sprinkle of black pepper. Again, it is my understanding that this helps to absorb the curcumin.
- Whisk. Whisk whisk whisk. Creates that slightly aerated latte texture.
- Tip into a cup, add honey to your personal preference, and top with cinnamon.
- Drink and enjoy!
* If you have a blender, you could blend all these ingredients first before heating, would save on the whisking, I just don’t have a blender atm*
*Also, If you are going anywhere directly after drinking this, check yo teeth haven’t gone yellow! I usually drink a big glass of water after this, just in case!*
Hope you enjoy, let me know what you think!