Simple Turmeric Golden Goddess Latte
Turmeric is an ancient spice that is perfect for the modern busy woman. Fight stress, colds and poor digestion with a Golden Goddess Latte.
The star of the show
Turmeric – This spice is the star of this show for good reason. Turmeric has been used in India and South Pacific countries for centuries. The myth of turmeric is that it can be used to prevent and treat tons of different health issues.
I’m all for centuries old myths in my own life, I would never recommend something to you, lovely reader, without doing my research first. Research has shown that turmeric can lower ‘bad’ cholesterol, may help with type 2 diabetes and as an antioxidant to combat free radicals from eating fried food, cigarettes or stress. Simply, turmeric could help you lose weight, have beautiful skin, get a stronger immune system and avoid serious health issues down the road.
Turmeric should always be combined with black pepper to help absorption. There is research showing that when these two spices are combined they may help reduce fat.
The supporting line up
Cinnamon – You probably already have a jar of cinnamon in your cupboard, for some reason I have 3, because it can be used in everything. You can add it to your coffee, cookies or oatmeal to make it sweeter and spicier. Did you know your favourite spice is also really good for your health?
Cinnamon has been found to improve blood sugar stability which makes it a great spice to add to your breakfast or afternoon cup of coffee and avoid mid afternoon slumps and hangry bitch attacks. Cinnamon can also lower cholesterol, can kill bacteria and yeast, can reduce triglyceride production (the extra fat that’s stored in your body).
Cardamom – This is a lesser known spice in North America but it is so delicious. It adds a certain sweetness to the Golden Goddess Latte that is needed to balance the turmeric.
Cardamom can help to reduce your blood pressure making this the perfect thing to sip on after a long, stressful day. It’s also said to improve your digestion and breath, act as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory and it’s even an aphrodisiac.
Ginger – I’m sure you’ve heard that ginger is great for nausea but there’s so many more benefits to it.
Ginger also acts as an anti-inflammatory and lowers blood pressure. Anti-inflammatory foods are so important in your diet because we live in a very inflammatory world. Some inflammation is important for your body in cases like a sprain or injury. You’ll know the signs when you see them: hot, red and swollen. When you’re always stressed, eat an unhealthy diet, smoke or drink alcohol often you create unhealthy inflammation in your body.
I use ginger to fight off colds. You can use the ginger water by itself with a little lemon juice and a lot of honey to kick any cold in the ass.
The ultimate milk alternative
Coconut Milk – Don’t think the boxed coconut milk and the canned stuff are the same. The boxed milk has additive to keep the fats from separating and probably some flavour in there too. When you shop for coconut milk buy the cans and look for the fewest ingredients. The one I get is just coconut milk and guar gum (as a thickener). All you have to do is heat the milk on your stove until the fat dissolves then store it in your fridge for up to 10 days.
Coconut milk is said to reduce cholesterol, high blood pressure and body fat. It can also improve your energy and digestion.
Get the recipe
- 1 thumb size piece of fresh ginger
- 4 tbsp turmeric powder
- 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tbsp ground cardamom
- 1/2 tsp fresh ground black pepper
- 4 tbsp raw honey
- 1 cup coconut milk
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1 cup water
- Thinly slice the ginger and boil it in the water for 10 minutes
- Remove the pieces of ginger
- Reduce heat to medium
- Add the turmeric, cinnamon and cardamom to the water
- Stir until a thick paste forms
- Transfer the paste to a storage container and add the black pepper, stir in
- Cool the paste for 10 minutes
- Stir in honey
- Warm the coconut milk and vanilla on the stove
- Stir in 2 tsp of the turmeric paste
- Turmeric will stain very easily so don't wear your favourite shirt and make sure you clean up any messes right away. Use a glass storage jar to avoid staining.
- Raw honey loses it's healing benefits when it's heated so make sure to cool the paste first.
- Store the paste in your fridge for up to 2 weeks.