I discovered Golden Milk while searching the internet for healthy ways to transform my evening routine.
I was having a hard time not only going to bed at a consistent time each evening but also having trouble falling asleep once I got tucked in.
But reading about this nutrient-packed drink that’s fit for a goddess piqued my interest. Not only did Golden Milk promise a restful night’s sleep, but it’s also rich in antioxidants and reduces inflammation.
Benefits of Golden Milk
Golden milk contains turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, black pepper, and raw honey warmed and mixed gently into coconut milk (dairy, almond, oat, and soy milks can be used as substitutes).
Turmeric is an Asian spice, most popularly used in curry powder. Its yellow color comes from the chemical it contains called curcumin. Curcumin, the key ingredient that provides a number of golden milk benefits, is known for its medicinal properties like decreasing inflammation and acting as a powerful antioxidant. Because turmeric isn’t easily absorbed into the bloodstream, mixing it with a little black pepper lets you reap the full benefits of this amazing spice!
Ginger, closely related to turmeric, is a root spice with powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. This superfood does the word justice with the many health benefits it provides to each mug of golden milk. Ginger also helps reduce blood sugar levels, lower cholesterol levels, and alleviate menstrual pain. It’s also known to lower the risk of cancers, fights against age-related mental decline, and because it’s a natural antibiotic, help prevent infections! If you suffer from post-workout soreness, this super root also reduces muscle pain and aches!
Cinnamon comes from the inner bark of trees. This ancient superfood was known as a rare and valuable gift, fit for a king. Today, cinnamon is a popular spice with health benefits that span from reducing heart disease risk and increasing insulin sensitivity to lowering blood sugar levels to provide an anti-diabetic effect. Cinnamon also helps prevent cancer, and fights bacterial and fungal infections — even the HIV virus!
Black Pepper, the ingredient in golden milk needed to help your body absorb turmeric, has its own health benefits. The spice treats colic, anemia, heart-related issues, and diabetes. Piperine, found in black pepper, enhances nutrient absorption. This spice also is high in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, rich in vitamins and minerals, and is antimicrobial (so it helps keep your food fresh).
Honey, often used in traditional medicine, provides a number of health benefits in golden milk. Honey has been used in medicine for more than 5,000 years! It helps heal wounds, fight infections and even replaces sugar as a healthier sweetening option. The key with honey is to shop for the raw variety. Pasteurized honey that has been heated and processed to remove impurities, also loses some of its health benefits in the process.
A word of caution: raw honey contains bacteria that can cause botulism poisoning, which leads to life-threatening paralysis. It’s especially dangerous for pregnant women and babies under a year.
When mixing up a warm mug of golden milk, you easily swirl together ingredients that provide you with hundreds of health benefits.
To ensure your golden milk conveniently and effectively provides these benefits don’t make too many adjustments to the golden milk recipes. Each ingredient in golden milk not only provides its own health benefits but it also helps unlock the health benefits of the other ingredients.
How to Make Golden Milk
The health benefits of using a golden milk recipe make it the perfect bedtime replacement for your warm tea or the ideal stand-in for your morning coffee fix.
Rest easy, you can realize the benefits of golden milk by adding it to your daily nutrition planning whether you drink it early in the morning, sometime throughout the day, or just before bed.
To make golden milk at home, you’ll need a saucepan, a wire whisk, and a few measuring cups and spoons. You can make a single serving of golden milk, or make a useful batch of golden milk paste. You can make golden milk paste using golden milk recipe ingredients, then store it until you are ready to stir the paste into a warm cup of coconut milk. Use a mason jar to store golden milk paste in the refrigerator between uses.
CAUTION: The recipes for both golden milk paste and golden milk contain turmeric. When cooking with this spice, its best to wear an apron or something else to protect your clothes from stains. And unless you want a yellow kitchen, use a drip plate under your spoon to prevent staining your countertops. Turmeric stains quickly, so plan your golden milk recipe preparations accordingly.
Golden Milk PASTE Recipe
Golden milk paste can be used as a “starter” for your daily mug of golden milk. You can store the paste in the refrigerator for up to two weeks!
½ cup turmeric powder
¼ cup ginger paste, or ground ginger
1 cup water
1 ½ teaspoons black pepper
Golden Milk Paste Instructions
In a stainless steel saucepan, warm the water, turmeric, ginger, and black pepper. Stir continuously for 7 to 10 minutes, or until it forms a thick paste consistency.
Remove from heat and transfer to a glass container with a lid. A small mason jar works great! Store in the refrigerator between uses.
Golden Milk Recipe
1 cup coconut milk
½ teaspoon golden milk paste
¼ teaspoon vanilla (optional)
¼-½ teaspoon raw honey
Pinch of cinnamon
Golden Milk Instructions
Warm 1 cup of coconut milk in the microwave or on the stove until hot. Do not boil.
Whisk in golden milk paste, raw honey, and vanilla (optional). Sprinkle with a pinch of cinnamon. Enjoy!
It’s probably clear by now why golden milk’s popularity is skyrocketing. The number of health benefits packed into one warm mug is just fantastic.
Each mug of golden milk is rich in antioxidants, reduces inflammation, alleviates joint pain, supports brain health, improves digestion, and lowers your risk of diseases and infections. Golden milk even improves heart and bone strength!
So, get a good night’s sleep and give your body the gift of health. Mix up a warm mug of golden milk today.
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