Warmth…it is such an essential part of our being. People are naturally drawn toward heat, whether it be a warm bath, a glowing fire, or the feeling of sunshine on your skin. I often find myself daydreaming about living somewhere like Seattle or Portland, where homes and cafes are filled with a soft inviting light that permeates through the dreariness of cold, rainy days. Of course, these are only daydreams. I’m not sure that my southern blood could manage in temperatures below 80 for any longer than our winters allow. Coincidentally, my body has become accustomed to our long periods of heat and dense humidity. I have a longing for the romanticized images in my mind, yet, I always find myself craving the warmth of the sun once again.
With the slight lingering chill in the evening air, there is still time to spoil ourselves with an abundance of warming foods and spices. As seasons change and weather shifts, it is so important to maintain balance within the body. Nothing beats sipping on a warm drink as a way to prepare your body for down time, a time when it does most of its repairing. Hence, my new obsession…golden milk. There are many benefits to making this healing elixir a daily habit, especially to a tired or aching body.
The combination of turmeric and ginger is a powerful force in fighting inflammation, stimulating the immune system, and calming digestive issues. Black pepper is an important addition here, as it includes a compound called Piperine which increases the absorption of the turmeric. Recipes or supplements that contain turmeric should always include black pepper for this reason. When added to the almond milk, each of these spices play a role in the earthy flavor and aroma that is sure to allure the senses. Sip and enjoy.
Yield 1 serving
- 1 1/2 c almond or coconut milk (I prefer 1 c almond milk and 1/2 c coconut milk)
- 1" piece of fresh turmeric with skin on, or 1/2 tsp dried turmeric
- 1" piece of fresh ginger with skin on
- Pinch of freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 tsp maple syrup or honey
- 1 tsp coconut oil
- Add first 4 ingredients to a high speed blender and blend until smooth.
- Add to small saucepan and place over medium heat until just warm.
- Pour into a cup through a fine mesh strainer to remove any pulp.
- Add coconut oil and sweetener and stir.