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Golden Milk: A Nutritional Powerhouse

What is golden milk? It's not actually milk at all, at least not in the dairy sense. The basis of golden milk is a combination of the warming (and golden-colored) turmeric spice along with coconut milk and/or coconut oil (depending on the recipe you prefer).

Golden milk may not be as well-known as other healthy beverages, but it has much to offer. It is also getting more mainstream attention. Pop Sugar recently featured a golden milk recipe and described it as an ideal recovery beverage to consume after a workout. Viewing golden milk as a post-exercise drink is selling it short.  It obtains its golden color from turmeric, which is well-known for its use in curry dishes but is also a powerful medicinal food.

There are many variations of golden milk you can try, but most are made with coconut milk (and some include coconut oil as well). Blending turmeric with coconut milk not only adds a soothing, creamy base but also additional health benefits.

Turmeric has traditional medicinal uses in both traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) as well as Ayurvedic medicine, including the treatment of liver disease, skin problems, respiratory and gastrointestinal ailments, sprained muscles, joint pains, and general wound healing.

The most convenient way to incorporate golden milk into your diet is to first create golden paste. This paste serves as the foundation of the beverage and allows you to whip it up quickly. Here are our golden paste and golden recipes. 

Golden Paste

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup organic turmeric powder
  • 1 cup water
  • 1.5 teaspoons black pepper
  • 5 tablespoons virgin coconut oil

Directions:

  1. In a stainless steel pot, cook the water, turmeric, and black pepper until it forms a thick paste, stirring and cooking for about 7 to 10 minutes.
  2. Remove from heat and add virgin coconut oil, using a whisk to fully mix in the coconut oil.
  3. Transfer the Golden Paste into a glass jar with a lid, and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
  4. You will use this paste to make your Golden Milk below.

Once you've made your golden paste, you're ready to make golden milk. The recipe that follows, also from Health Impact News, is simple and can be suited to your tastes:

Golden Milk

Ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon Golden Paste
  • 2 cups coconut milk
  • 1/8 teaspoon vanilla (optional)
  • Raw honey [or stevia] to taste (optional)
  • Pinch cinnamon (optional)

Directions:

  1. In a stainless steel pot, gently heat, but do not boil, 2 cups of milk with 1 teaspoon of golden paste.
  2. A whisk is helpful to fully mix the paste into the milk.
  3. Add optional vanilla, honey [or stevia], and/or cinnamon.

 

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