I know what you’re thinking: tumer-what?! Just hear me out y’all!
As the weather changes, we find ourselves craving a warm drink and a cozy blanket, right? Hot chocolate, caramel lattes, eggnog—all classic drinks for fall and winter. But these drinks are loaded with lactose and sugar: two ingredients that are detrimental to folks with allergies, diabetes, migraines, gut issues and so many more.
A few years back, when I began researching anti-inflammatory foods, there was one ingredient that kept coming up in my searches: turmeric. So, I was like, what is this stuff? Turns out, there are tons of health benefits that come from this Southeast Asian plant. Elaine K. Howley of health.usnews.com writes that the compound curcumin, which is in turmeric, plays “a protective role in fighting inflammatory disease by helping reduce the body’s inflammatory response to everything from food and drink to stress and pollution.” For example, the use of turmeric in food or supplement form can
- Reduce inflammation
- Relieve joint pain
- Boosts the immune system
- Reduce blood pressure
- Increase brain functioning
Trust me, you will not feel bloated after devouring this latte as the base for the drink is canned coconut milk—a terrific source of healthy fat. Also, the sweetness comes from natural sweeteners like honey, cinnamon, and a splash of vanilla extract. It is the perfect way to fight disease and enjoy a delicious, autumn beverage that warms the heart & soul.
1 can coconut milk
1 tsp ground turmeric
1 tsp raw honey
1 in. piece of grated ginger
½ tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp ground pepper (helps you to digest the turmeric)
A splash of vanilla extract
In a saucepan, combine the milk, turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, ground pepper and vanilla extract. Next, heat ingredients on medium heat until contents simmer, but not boil (approx. 10 minutes). Turn off the heat and add the honey. Pour into your favorite mug and enjoy!
If you like this, you will love my dairy-free, caffeine-free pumpkin spice latte. Click here to check it out!