Golden Milk with turmeric: recipe and benefits
What I’m about to explain to you is not a good stuff, the kind that makes you want to try because of the look and taste. It’s definitely something that’s good for our health or so I like to think since I’m putting so much faith in this yellow gold natural that apparently works wonders: the golden milk.
It is a mixture of milk and turmeric which, according to holistic medicine, has beneficial properties for the body.
If you are wondering how can a preparation like this getting along with the use of cow’s milk, well the thing is that no cow’s milk is used but only vegetable milk, preferably the soy one; if you make it with rice milk the golden milk is more easily digested and drinkable, trust me!
When it comes to golden milk there are two schools of thought to make it: the ones who add only turmeric powder into milk and the ones who prepares a solid paste of turmeric to be left in the refrigerator and to be added to milk as needed.
The supporters of the second theory, myself included, believe that the highest concentration in the paste of turmeric allows to obtain a better result, especially in the long term. I recommend you start with the basic preparation adding turmeric powder to the milk and then after a few weeks to go to the paste that makes the golden milk, sometimes, really unappetizing. Some people also use almond oil to make the paste of turmeric creamier but the effect, in my opinion, is too oily when the paste is added to milk!
Benefits of the Golden Milk
– Anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, antiseptic,analgesic;
– Boosts immunity;
– Helps maintain cholesterol levels;
– Promotes digestive health;
– Regulates metabolism and weight management;
– Regulate high blood pressure;
– Works on the memory and brain functions especially on the long term;
– Lowers Triglycerides.
When the golden milk should be drunk?
According to the holistic should be drunk on an empty stomach in the morning, before breakfast. The effort is to drink a lot and we are consoled just thinking that really does well. Never drink more than one cup of milk a day because of turmeric which, when taken in excessive doses, can have significant side effects. In general one should not assume the golden milk for more than a month later, due to the possible side effects of turmeric. Someone also drinks the golden milk in the evening so it’s basically your choice!
Ingredients for the golden milk
For the turmeric paste: (about 1/2 of a jar to be stored in the fridge for up to 40 days)
1/2 cup of turmeric powder
1/2 cup water
1/2 teaspoon black pepper powder
To make the golden milk
1 cup of vegetable milk (rice, soya, coconut)
1 teaspoon of turmeric paste
1 teaspoon honey
1. Make the turmeric paste by boiling the three ingredients together and let them to cook until you get a cream. Transfer to a container, let it cool and refrigerate.
2. Boil a cup of milk with a teaspoon of turmeric paste. Stir, remove from heat, pour into a bowl and add the honey. Stir and drink when it’s still hot.
Note: The turmeric paste can also be used to to flavor other dishes including meat that require long cooking.