Liquid Gold: A Turmeric Latte
Although technically it isn’t quite fall yet, the temperatures have changed as well as total daylight. The rains have arrived and with that also the flu. Advertisements for the flu shot are now being blared over grocery store loud speakers and on the radio.
However, I love the fall. For me fall is the season of rejuvenation, a time to focus on health and rehabilitation after a busy and adventurous summer. Everything about it brings a sense of coziness. The crisp air, the rained-out days, and the turning of the leaves. Not to mention scarves and boots and all the fun clothes of the season. The fall temperatures and colors always call my name to run the trails in the foothills of Seattle and afterwards treat myself to a hot latte or cup of tea.
Warm drinks now replace iced drinks. I often hear people proclaim their excitement that Starbucks has once again released its Pumpkin Spice Latte. Oh how we are creatures of habit. So now I will release my latte. It’s spicy, and slightly sweet with the color of gold warming your insides and lifting your soul. However, most notably it will support your health, by boosting your immune system and reducing inflammation. And here is why.
To make the latte, pour 1 cup fresh milk into a small saucepan. Add turmeric, ginger, vanilla, maple syrup, and sea salt. Whisk together. If you want it extra creamy add the coconut milk as well.
Heat the mixture over medium-high heat. Begin whisking to froth the foam and reduce heat to medium-low when mixture beings to simmer. Try to keep the mixture from boiling. Continue whisking until the foam thickens. The turmeric and ginger also thicken the milk, giving the drink a creamy texture.
Remove from heat and pour into your favorite cup.
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2. WHFoods: Turmeric
3. WHFoods: Ginger