Turmeric is a root from the ginger family and native to South-east Asia. Both the whole fresh root as well as the powder form provide a source of fiber, nutrients like manganese, iron, vitamin B6 and copper and a yellow colour known for staining fingers. This spice has been used for centuries in Ayuvedic medicine to treat a variety of ailments and today you can find all forms and varieties at the health food store. More recent human studies confirm it has strong anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, anti-microbial, liver-protective and anti-cancer effects. These actions stem from an extract called curcumin, which can be purchased in supplement form.
A daily dose of ½ to 1 teaspoon of ground turmeric with a pinch of ground black pepper is enough to get you started on achieving curcumin’s many health benefits.
Here is a delicious beverage you can have this Fall and Winter to keep you warm and well:
|PREP TIME 3 MIN||COOK TIME 4 MIN||TOTAL TIME 7 MIN||SERVES 2||KEEP TIME 2-3 DAYS|
- 1 cup light unsweetened plain coconut/soy milk
- 1 cup unsweetened plain almond milk
- 1 ½ teaspoon ground turmeric powder
- ¼ teaspoon ground ginger or 1-2 tablespoons fresh grated ginger
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon or 1 whole cinnamon stick
- ¹/₈ teaspoon ground black pepper
- Optional sweetener of choice (i.e. pinch of stevia or xylitol or 1 teaspoon of honey or maple syrup to taste)
- In a small saucepan, add each cup of plant-based milk, ground turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, and black pepper.
- Whisk to combine contents while warming over medium heat. Heat mixture until hot to the touch but not boiling (about 4 minutes), while whisking frequently.
- Turn off heat and whisk in sweetener of choice to taste. Add more turmeric or ginger to intensify flavour if desired.
- Divide mixture between two mugs, serve and enjoy! Turmeric milk is best when fresh, and leftovers can be stored covered in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. Reheat until hot on stovetop or in microwave.
*Recipe adapted from minimalistbaker.com
Tehsina Jaffer, CCNM ICC Naturoapthic Intern