Driving through the tail end of the Blue Ridge Parkway, it's a cold, rainy, and foggy day. It's so foggy you can barely see 40 feet in front of your car. Going down hill with cloudy views where there are mountainous drops in these conditions is quite daunting. Coming home to a warm cup of golden milk is a comforting thought.
I remember when I learned about golden milk from a girlfriend. Tina lived in the neighborhood; and she travelled for work like I did. Occasionally, we managed to get together. I was studying health coaching and nutrition. She was studying Ayurvedic medicine. We shared what we learned. She was kind enough to share golden milk with me. It became a regular tradition to enjoy a cup every time we got together. She even gave me a store bought mix as a gift.
The main ingredient in golden milk is turmeric. This spice is used regularly in Indian cuisine. The benefits of turmeric have been recognized in India and southeast Asia for generations. It is widely used in Ayurvedic medicine and with good reason. Turmeric:
1. Has bioactive compounds with powerful medicinal properties.
2. Contains curcumin that is a natural anti-inflammatory compound.
3. Is a potent antioxidant.
4. Has been linked to improved brain function and lowers the risk of brain diseases.
5. Should lower your risk of heart disease.
6. Could be a preventative or treatment for cancer.
7. May be helpful in preventing/treating Alzheimer's disease.
8. Helps arthritis patients reduce inflammation in their joints.
9. Is beneficial in fighting depression.
10. May delay aging and fight age-related chronic diseases.
Source: "10 Proven Health Benefits of Turmeric"
Here's an easy homemade mix from minimalistbaker.com.
- 4 tbsp. ground turmeric
- 2 tsp ground ginger
- 2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1/8 tsp ground clove
- Combine all the ingredients in a jar and shake to mix.
You can use any type of milk: regular, almond, or coconut. To thicken it up, half & half or heavy whipping cream may be added. You can mix 1/2 coconut & 1/2 almond milk for a healthy version of this drink. I prefer this mix:
- 1 1/2 cup milk heated slowly to avoid scalding
- 2 tbsp. heavy whipping cream
- 1/2 tsp of golden milk mix
- 1/4 tsp of 50/50 mixed stevia and vanilla extract
Now I'm off to work on my diabetic friendly cornbread recipe. I hope you enjoy. Please comment, like, share, and come back next week for more recipes, ideas, and tips.
Disclaimer: This is not medical advice, but a compilation of research from medical sites. Make sure to see your doctor and have up to date lab work.