Golden milk, also known as turmeric milk, is all the rage nowadays. You might have seen it on the menu as golden milk latte, turmeric milk, even golden mylk (yes that is with a ‘y’).
I first fell in love with golden milk at Josephine House in Austin – they add espresso to it and call it iced goldeneye for $8 a glass. Pricey, right? So why not make it at home? Golden milk can be served plain over ice but I like mine with a shot of espresso in the morning. After a long day of restaurant tastings and my stomach needs to settle, I like sipping on a warm cup of golden milk before bedtime. If you like chai, you’ll like golden milk!
HEALTH BENEFITS OF TURMERIC
Turmeric is a root that is then transformed into a dried powder, most commonly used in curry. This versatile herb supports a healthy inflammatory response in the entire body while maintaining overall health and vitality. Turmeric:
- supports a healthy inflammatory response, both every day and after a workout.*
- maintains healthy levels of triglycerides (a type of lipid) in the blood.*
- supports normal bile production in the liver.*
- naturally stimulates the liver, as a bitter herb.*
- supports digestion of fats by promoting healthy function of the gallbladder, whose enzymes are
- essential for breaking down that macronutrient.*
- supports a healthy response to occasional pain.*
- supports the production of proteins that naturally regulate immune cells.*
- helps maintain healthy blood sugar levels already within normal ranges.*
- supports the body’s natural detoxification pathways.*
- promotes healthy cardiovascular function.*
- helps support healthy neurological function.*
WHAT’S GAIA GOLDEN MILK?
Gaia Herbs Golden Milk is made with organic Turmeric and Ashwagandha and is based on the traditional Ayurvedic recipe that has been savored for centuries. Within the ancient branch of medicine in India known as Ayurveda, Golden Milk is a tonic that’s meant to be nourishing, while also tasting delicious.
Golden Milk takes its yellow color from turmeric powder, which is then combined with other traditional Ayurvedic herbs like black pepper, cardamom, vanilla, and Ashwagandha.
WHAT’S GOLDEN MILK?
Golden milk is a popular healthy spiced Indian drink with a yellow color that can be made iced or hot for a cozy sip. Usually made with a dairy-free milk like canned coconut milk, cashew, or almond milk, golden milk is also naturally gluten-free! Golden milk is popular because it boosts the immune system.
WHAT ARE THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF GOLDEN MILK?
Golden milk is made of three primary ingredients: ground turmeric, black pepper, and coconut oil. Sounds gross right? Well here’s why these three ingredients are important.
This anti-inflammatory spice has many antioxidant properties that protect against a number of human diseases like cancer and Alzheimer’s. Turmeric also has antidepressant properties, which can lead to better moods, less stress, less joint pain, better sleep, and improved brain health. Fresh turmeric root can be used in juices and smoothies too.
Traditionally paired with Turmeric to support absorption, black pepper is the active ingredient and adds a hint of spiciness.* This herb is very common in Ayurveda, and it is traditionally considered to be a hot, pungent herb. As such, it stokes digestive fire, called agni, by promoting the natural release of digestive secretions.* It was actually called the “King of Spices.”
Coconut oil helps with digestion and gut health and can raise your good cholesterol, HDL.
GOLDEN MILK RECIPE STEP-BY-STEP
STEP 1. PREP THE GOLDEN MILK INGREDIENTS
I picked up everything from my local H-E-B: Gaia Herb Golden Milk (located in healthy living at H-E-B), H-E-B organic unsweetened almond non-dairy milk, H-E-B coconut oil, vanilla beans, and cinnamon sticks.
STEP 2. MEASURE ALMOND MILK
Measure and pour 2 cups of almond milk into a small saucepan.
Tip: You can sub coconut milk or cashew milk instead.
STEP 3. ADD GAIA HERBS GOLDEN MILK
Gaia Herb Golden Milk powder is a blend of ground turmeric root, date palm fruit, cardamon seeds, Ashwagandha root, vanilla bean, black pepper fruit. It’s vegan, dairy-free, and USDA Organic.
Add Gaia Herbs Golden Milk, coconut oil, vanilla bean with seeds scraped, and cinnamon stick to the almond milk.
Tip: You can also add ground cinnamon, ground ginger, or fresh ginger root slices for extra spice. You can also add raw honey, stevia. or maple syrup if you want a sweetener.
STEP 4. WARM OVER STOVETOP
Whisk to combine until warm. Do not allow to come to a boil.
Tip: Feel free to add an additional pinch of black pepper.
STEP 5. ADD ICE
Allow to cool before pouring over ice.
STEP 6. ADD ESPRESSO!
I like my golden milk in the morning with a shot of espresso!