9/20/2013

golden milk elixir

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Happy Friday! I hope this week has treated you well. It’s been busy here and I am excited to share a super healthy and delicious new recipe with you this afternoon.

If you follow health blogs you know that turmeric has been all the rage for sometime. This rhizome is in the ginger family and is native to South Asia. Turmeric is huge in Indian and Middle Eastern cuisine and has been used for centuries for it’s deep color to dye fabrics and for its medicinal properties.

Traditionally turmeric is used in savory dishes and is a major ingredient in many Ayurvedic (traditional Indian medicine) recipes. It is most commonly found in a powder form but you can also find it at specialty markets whole. It looks a lot like ginger, just smaller and reddish.

Turmeric supports joint function, improves digestion, and has skin enhancing properties. Curcumin, which gives turmeric its incredible color has lots of health benefits as well. It promotes healthy blood and liver function, maintains cholesterol levels, and can help to support your immune system in stressful times.

Haldi doodh, the traditional name for turmeric milk, is a common household remedy in India. It is simply warmed milk with turmeric powder mixed in. There are many variations on this elixir depending on the region and family. Haldi doodh is used for colds, sore throats, toothaches, and upset stomachs.

I added a few more common Indian spices to my recipe as well as a touch of honey to cut the bitterness of the spices. I also used turmeric juice. I feel the juice is easier to absorb than the powder but if you don’t have access to the juice by all means use the powder – just change the measurements. I’d go with 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder to start.

Now that the cold and flu season is kicking in I am going to drink this elixir several times a week to keep my immune system strong. I can’t wait to hear what you think of this healing recipe.

 

Golden Milk Elixir

serves 2

Ingredients  //

  • 2 c. raw almond milk
  • 1/4 c. cold pressed turmeric juice
  • 3 cardamom pods
  • 1/4-1/2  tsp. cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp. local raw honey

 

Method //

  1. Add all ingredients to a high speed blender.
  2. Blend until smooth and warm. Adjust for seasonings.
  3. Pour into mugs and serve warm.
  4. This elixir can be stored in the fridge for 3 days in a glass container. It can be enjoyed cold or warm – for medicinal purposes it is best to drink warm.

 

Drink to your health!

xoa

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