It’s 2016, a whole new year. We have so much to catch up on. So much that we’re going to sit down and chat in a separate post.
To get ready for our epic catch up, we need drinks first.
This Cozy Golden Turmeric Almond Milk is the perfect wintertime drink to curl up with on a brisk morning, chilly afternoon, or frigid evening.
Frothy, subtly sweet, rich and deep in both color and flavor, and healthy to boot.
This Golden Turmeric Almond Milk recipe is courtesy of Whole Foods Market – Lynnfield. Whole Foods hosted “Open Heart October,” a gratitude themed workshop held at Barefoot Yoga Shala where I teach yoga weekly. Whole Foods brought a gigantic thermos of this warm Golden Milk to the event, and I enjoyed cup after cup while decorating a gratitude jar alongside fellow yogis. Whole Foods shared the recipe with everyone who attended, and I’m so so glad they did.
I made a big batch of this warm drink for my family after our annual Thanksgiving morning Turkey Trot 5k. It’s so quick and easy to put together, I often whip up a batch on the spot after a workout or whenever I need a dose of cozy warmth or feel a head cold coming on.
The main ingredient of this mug of magic is turmeric, also known as “the healing spice.” Turmeric is native to south and southeast Asia and has been used for thousands of years as both a medicinal herb and a spice. Turmeric is a key ingredient in many Asian dishes, giving curry both its flavor and color. Beyond food, turmeric is used for its medicinal properties to heal and soothe.
The active ingredient in turmeric is a compound called curcumin, which bears potent and powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. As a supplement, turmeric has been used to treat everything from arthritis to colds to stomach pains (and has many, many more uses and health benefits).
In this recipe, I use MegaFood Daily Turmeric Nutrient Boost Powder. It’s gluten-free, vegan, dairy-free, and soy-free. There is no added sugar or sweeteners and no preservatives or fillers. In addition to turmeric, this nutrient powder also contains Orange Vitamin C, Black Cherries, Black Pepper Extract, and Holy Basil Leaf. Together, these whole herbs and farm fresh fruits enhance the protective and restorative health benefits of turmeric.
I use this powder as the base of Cozy Golden Turmeric Almond Milk, but it can also be added to smoothies, shakes, and juices.
This Golden Turmeric Almond Milk is so simple and easy to put together.
In a medium-sized saucepan, whisk together unsweetened almond milk, local honey, one scoop of Turmeric Nutrient Boost Powder (about a teaspoon), ground cinnamon, and ground ginger. Bring the milk to a simmer and remove from heat just as it comes to a boil.
To finish off the richly colored and silky smooth Golden Turmeric Almond Milk, I use an immersion blender to add a frothy essence.
I often prepare Golden Milk on days I complete a tough workout. Because store-bought almond milk is typically low in protein, I use So Delicious Almond+Plus because it contains five times the amount of protein than “regular” almond milk. This way, my post-work out recovery includes both protein and the anti-inflammatory benefits of turmeric.
To make this recipe vegan, simply swap the honey for agave nectar or another natural sweetener. You can also use a whole cinnamon stick and grated, fresh ginger in place of the ground spices for a more robust flavor (just be sure to remove the stick before blending together).
Part I – Healthy, warm cozy drinks. CHECK. (Thanks, Whole Foods- Lynnfield!)
Part II – Grab your warmest duds, find a comfy seat wrapped in a warm throw, and let’s catch up on LIFE, man.
More to come…but here’s a little teaser:
I would love to hear from you. What is your chilly evening cozy up in a blanket beverage of choice?
- Combine ingredients in a medium-sized pot. Whisk to combine.
- Bring the contents to a simmer over low heat. Just before it comes to a boil, remove from heat and set aside.
- Using an immersion blender, pulse the milk until frothy. (You can use a regular blender if you don't have an immersion blender).
- Pour Golden Milk into a mug and enjoy immediately.