April 27, 2017

Turmeric Latte

After ghee, homemade yogurt and coconut oil, the latest health trend to originate from the South Asian pantry is called the ‘turmeric latte’. This new trend did not appear from nowhere but has been brewing for a while now. Google’s Food Trends report recently named turmeric as the ‘breakout star’ ingredient of 2016. Internet searches for the yellow spice rose 56% from since last November, and a whopping 300% over the last five years.

Turmeric and milk is a fairly well-entrenched drink in India’s food culture, where it is considered as restorative.  Ayurvedic medicine, a holistic, all-natural approach to health has been practiced for centuries in India, and turmeric has always figured in it. It is a ubiquitous ingredient in curries and rice dishes as well. Taking a cue from it’s historical roots, turmeric latte is being promoted for its health benefits, as an anti-inflammatory and an alternative to a caffeinated drink

While ‘haldi doodh’ is seen as the kind of old-school, antiquated drink, turmeric latte is it’s modern day cousin. This ochre colored drink can be prepared in multiple ways. It can be prepared from a mixture of cold-pressed turmeric juice and nut or the commonly used recipe calls for turmeric powder mixed with milk and a dash of black pepper, among many other variations. Turmeric lattes are now being sold at cafes from Sydney to San Francisco, and the drink is gaining fans in the UK.

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Some golden benefits of this golden drink are:

1. Your skin savior

Not only does it have great health benefits, turmeric is also great for your skin. Its anti-inflammatory properties help to reduce redness and skin irritation, whilst its anti-bacterial qualities make it great for blemishes and acne. It’s also works as an exfoliant, protects against wrinkles, and prevent moisture loss.

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2. Food For Your Brain

Turmeric produces a compound known as curcumin, which has a number of medicinal properties. One of these is that it can help to protect against the effects of Alzheimer’s disease, increasing overall memory function. It also promotes stem cells repair in the brain.

3. Infection Inspector

Owing to its anti-bacterial and anti-parasitic qualities, turmeric can help to prevent stomach ulcers, and reduce infection in the gut. It also helps in relieving stomach pain, making it great for people with irritable bowel syndrome and Crohn’s disease.

4. Relieves Muscle Pain

Curcumin has anti-inflammatory properties, which means it can help to relieve joint pain and arthritis. It also helps to reduce delayed-onset muscle soreness.

Tea time! It's a cold rainy morning here in Malibu (unusual but our thirsty SoCal souls love it) so I'm making my favorite ojas latte to warm up. In it goes cinnamon bark, cardamom pods, turmeric root, fennel seeds, black peppercorns, fresh ginger, and a date along with a cup of goat milk and 1/2 a cup water (you can sub almond milk). I simmer it for 5 minutes then strain it into a Vitamix, tossing the date back in. I like to make it nice and frothy like a foamy latte! Yum. This balances both vata and kapha, perfect for wet winter days. The turmeric boosts immunity, ginger warms and detoxes, the cinnamon, cardamom, and pepper open the channels of respiration, while the date and goat milk nourish the body tissues. #ayurveda #immunity #turmeric #turmericlatte #ancientwisdom #homeremedies #malibu #layogateachers #feedfeed #plantbased #winterrecipes #holistichealing #plantmedicine

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