Golden Milk: The Anti-Inflammatory Elixir
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 similar to 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:
- 2 cups of Smith Brothers Farms Reduced Fat 2% milk
- 1/2 tsp. ground turmeric
- 2 tbsp. honey (adjust to your preference)
- 1/4 tsp. ginger powder
- 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
Pour milk in a medium saucepan and heat gently to a simmer, making sure to whisk frequently.
Once the milk is simmering, add turmeric and honey, then continue to whisk.
Add ginger powder, cinnamon, and vanilla extract. Stir and gently simmer for 4 to 5 minutes.
Pour into two cups and finish with a dusting of cinnamon. Enjoy!