Golden milk, Latte Oro— also known as Turmeric Milk —is a traditional Ayurvedic Indian drink. It can be as simple as mixing milk and ground turmeric.
Making plant-based versions of our favorite foods is our goal. We are also fans of all the vegetable kinds of milk out there; we changed that traditional cow's milk for rice milk and added a few aromatic ingredients.
Generally, we have golden milk a couple of times a week to replace our morning plant-based late coffee.
Health Benefits of Turmeric Milk
The golden milk health benefits vary from overall body healing to its anti-inflammatory properties, primarily thanks to curcumin found in turmeric and the ginger we add in this version and the ginger.
Turmeric has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years to treat joint pain, fatigue, and digestive issues, amongst other conditions.
Modern research also suggests that turmeric is a potent antioxidant, heart disease-fighting, and anti-cancer effects.
We are adding some extra health-promoting spices!
Spices like ginger, cinnamon, and cloves have anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer benefits.
How to make Golden Milk
Add your preferred "sweet" spices. I like using Cloves and Cardamom Pods. Add your preferred sweetener and that's it!
Add Everything to a Sauce pan and let it boil for a couple of minutes.
4 Benefits of Turmeric Milk at Night
- Accelerating recovery: turmeric milk allows for the body's repair work to function optimally.
- Drinking Latte d'Oro - as it is called Italy - can improve hormonal balance. It can be helpful as a remedy for acne and unpredictable periods.
- Drinking one cup of Turmeric milk at night can be beneficial for people who get restless during sleep. Also, if your rest breaks multiples times to use the bathroom in the middle of the night, you can benefit from Golden Milk.
- Turmeric can boost immunity. Drinking golden milk during season changes can protect you and your family from cough, cold, and flu.
Drinking Turmeric Milk Benefits for Skin
Curcumin has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, which do help in combatting acne and clarifying the complexion.
The turmeric derives its bright yellow from a component called curcumin. Curcumin protects against skin-damaging chemicals and environmental pollutants.
Remember that consuming Curcumin may help inhibit the immune pathways responsible for psoriasis, which means Golden Milk may help prevent oxidative stress in the epidermal skin cells responsible for producing melanin.
We know that the skin is more prompt to get blackheads and acne when its pores are blocked by oil, dead skin, and external pollutants; drinking turmeric milk for the skin can help prevent acne.
Note on Curcumin's Absorption and Black Pepper
It is essential to add a bit of black pepper whenever consuming curcumin to boost its absorption. Both black and white pepper contains piperine which is the active component that fulfills this role.
Most studies relate specifically black pepper to the consumption of curcumin. Although white pepper contains as much peperine as black pepper, suggesting it may also enhance curcumin's absorption, I could not find a study that directly links the two, so I would stick to black pepper.
Red Pepper comes from a different plant and contains minimal amounts of piperine.
Below you can find our vegan golden milk recipe, perfected over time as we played with various delightful Indian spices.
The Leche de Cúrcuma or Leche Dorada, as it is called in Latin America, is a remarkably delicious beverage with great health benefits.
We made part of our Christmas morning breakfast this past December. This Vegan Golden Milk is a very soul-warming drink. I think it is like drinking hot chocolate but healthier. We spiced it a little more to make it more festive. It goes perfectly with all the aromas of a Homemade Delicious Granola.
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Vegan Golden Milk Recipe
- 5 cardamom pods or ½ teaspoon of ground cardamon
- 3 cloves Clavos de Olor
- 2 cups rice milk coconut and homemade almond milk and homemade soy milk also work perfectly
- 1 teaspoon turmeric
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon maple or agave syrup
- ½ teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 pinch of black pepper to activate the turmeric’s properties
- To a small saucepan, add rice milk and all the ingredients.
- Whisk to combine and warm over medium heat. Heat until hot to the touch but not boiling – about 3-4 minutes – whisking frequently.
- Turn off heat and taste to adjust flavor. Add more maple syrup or ginger for intense flavor.
- Pass throw a colander.
- Serve immediately.
- Best when fresh, but it can be stored covered in the fridge for 2-3 days. Reheat on the stovetop until hot.
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