Winter is here, and what comes along with it? Cold and flu season. But we’ve stumbled upon a drink that could help boost your immune system during the cold months. It’s called golden milk (also known as turmeric tea). A creamy, hot milk drink that includes turmeric. It tastes much like a chai: it’s slightly spicy with the perfect amount of sweetness. But unlike chai, it has no caffeine. Which means it goes down especially well before bed.
Turmeric is a deep orange spice that’s used in Indian and Asian cuisine. While it was first used as a dye, it was later used for its medicinal benefits – and still is today. The golden spice has a long history of medicinal use (over 4,000 years!) in Southeast Asia. Turmeric contains curcumin, which has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. (It's also what gives the spice its vibrant color.) It has been said to relieve pain, help aid digestion, and improve heart health.
How to Make Golden Milk
What you need:
- 1 heaping tsp. ground turmeric
- 2 cups of Smith Brothers Farms Reduced Fat 2% milk
- 1 cinnamon stick or 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
- Pinch of salt
- ½ tbsp. freshly grated ginger
- Honey to sweeten (If it’s too overpowering, gradually increase sweetener.)
- Place all ingredients into a small saucepan and bring to boil.
- Use a whisk to combine ingredients.
- Reduce heat and let simmer for up to ten minutes. (The longer you simmer, the bolder the flavor.)
- Strain and sweeten to taste. Enjoy!