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Have you every heard of Golden Milk? Although it has milk in the name, it’s not actually a dairy beverage. It’s a nutrient rich drink with a coconut milk base. Why not use dairy milk? While dairy does have loads of nutrients on its own, dairy-free coconut milk offers even more. When combined with turmeric – the spice that gives golden milk its golden color – you get a beverage that lives up to the spice’s name. The spice of life.

Have you every heard of Golden Milk? It's not actually a dairy beverage. It's a nutrient rich drink with a coconut milk base.

The Health Benefits of Turmeric – The Spice of Life

While there is no such thing as a miracle spice that can cure you of life’s ailments, a lot of research has been conducted on the benefits of adding turmeric to your diet. One of the most popular reasons for consuming turmeric as a supplement or part of a regular diet is the belief in its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

Chronic inflammation, oxidative stress and most chronic diseases are closely linked, and that antioxidant properties of curcumin [turmeric] can play a key role in the prevention and treatment of chronic inflammation diseases. – Molecules (May 2015)

While turmeric has been valued for its medicinal properties in other parts of the world for centuries, it’s just now becoming popular in the United States. Most of this popularity comes in the form of golden milk.

The Benefits of Coconut Milk

Coconut milk is rich in fiber, vitamins B, C, and E. It also contains a wide variety of minerals including calcium, iron, magnesium, selenium, and phosphorous. Coconut milk isn’t always the best milk for day-to-day use because it contains more saturated fats and calories than dairy milk, but occasional consumption is fine. Consider using coconut milk in your golden milk as a “treat” to your system.

The Basic Golden Milk Recipe

This is my go-to recipe for when I’m feeling fine and would like to stay that way. You can make the golden milk paste ahead of time and store it in the fridge for up to two weeks.



Ingredients

Instructions

Start with your golden milk paste. Again, any leftovers can be stored in the fridge. This recipe makes enough for 10-12 servings of tea depending on how much you cook down your paste.

  1. In a medium-sized pot, steep the turmeric and black pepper in the water until it forms a thick paste, stirring regularly. A paste should form in 7 to 10 minutes.
  2. Remove from heat and add the coconut oil. Whisk to fully incorporate the oil.

Have you every heard of Golden Milk? It's not actually a dairy beverage. It's a nutrient rich drink with turmeric and spices in a coconut milk base. Learn how to make it in this post from Rootsy

Leave out 1 tsp. of paste for each serving of tea you plan to prepare. Store the rest in an airtight container.

  1. In a medium-sized pot, whisk together 2 cups of coconut milk for every 1 teaspoon of paste.
  2. Slowly warm mixture over medium/low heat. Do not boil! Continue heating until you start to see steam rising from the pot.
  3. Remove from heat and slowly stir in vanilla and cinnamon.

Bonus Golden Milk Recipe

If you’d like to add a bit more zing to your mug, try adding ginger root and honey! This is my favorite recipe to use during cold and flu season. The ginger soothes indigestion and upset stomach. Remember your mom giving you ginger ale when you weren’t feeling well? That’s why! Honey coats the throat from irritation and soothes soreness you may be experiencing if you’ve been coughing.

Make a paste as instructed above. Again, leave out 1 tsp. of paste for each serving of tea you plan to prepare.

  1. In a medium-sized pot, whisk together 2 cups of coconut milk and 1 tiny piece of ginger root (or a pinch of ginger powder) for every 1 teaspoon of paste.
  2. Slowly warm mixture over medium/low heat. Do not boil! Continue heating until you start to see steam rising from the pot.
  3. Remove from heat. If you used ginger root, you may wish to strain.
  4. Slowly stir in 1/8 teaspoon of vanilla, 1 pinch of cinnamon, and 1/4 teaspoon of honey per serving.

Have you every heard of Golden Milk? It's not actually a dairy beverage. It's a nutrient rich drink with turmeric and spices in a coconut milk base. Learn how to make it in this post from Rootsy

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My name is Jessica Lane, author of The 104 Homestead. I live a nearly self-sufficient homesteading lifestyle with my husband and three children on 1/4 acre in Maine. We raise Nigerian Dwarf goats, ducks, chickens, and quail, and we grow as much of our food as we are able. What we can’t grow or produce for ourselves we try to barter with other homesteaders for. If we can homestead where we live, what’s stopping you?
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