The beauty of this drink is that its ridiculously delicious and at the same time contains one of natures most powerful anti-inflammatory foods - turmeric! The compound in turmeric that gives this plant its gorgeous orange hue is called curcumin, which is one of the most well studied spices. It is credited with numerous health benefits such as curbing heartburn and indigestion, improving joint pain, preventing heart attacks, improving inflammatory bowel disease, delaying diabetes, and even fighting cancer. Clinical studies have also found that curcumin contains powerful antioxidants that stop free radicals from damaging cellular membranes and DNA throughout the entire body. This is important in many diseases such as arthritis and cancer.
Turmerics' combination of anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects make it my #1 spice for healing and thriving. So move over coffee, the morning mug just got a whole lot healthier!
I enjoy this drink most on cold days curled up with a blanket and a good book, but really its good anytime of day especially when shared with a friend or loved one.
1 cup light or full fat canned coconut milk (from BPA free cans like Eden Organic, Trader Joe's, or Native Forest)
1/2 tsp ground turmeric
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp ginger root (optional)
small pinch of black pepper
*If you desire to add sweetener, start small with 1/4 tsp raw local honey, liquid stevia, or monk fruit
Pour all ingredients into small saucepan and blend together using whisk or handheld milk frother. Cook on low heat for 10 minutes or until latte reaches desired temperature.
1/2 tsp Japanese Matcha plus 4oz hot water, whisked or blended with milk frother, then whisk with Turmeric Milk Latte above