Have you ever heard of Golden Milk?
I hadn't either until a couple months ago. It turns out that this little drink has become an essential part of my every day life.
I call Golden milk the magic nectar of life.
What's in it? Where can you get it? Why is it so good?
Well, you can make it yourself! Not only does it taste good, but it is SO VERY GOOD for your body. The magic ingredient in it is TURMERIC!
Some of you may know what turmeric is already, but if you don't... it's the spice that gives curry it's yellow color.
Turmeric may be the most effective nutritional supplement in existence! Curcumin is the main active ingredient in turmeric. It has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant.
I drink Golden milk as well as take Turmeric supplements every day. You can find the ground turmeric anywhere they sell spices. The supplements can be found just about anywhere.
What can Turmeric do for you?
Curcumin (found in turmeric) is a powerful natural anti-inflammatory compound. It helps with joint inflammation, helps with brain health and is linked with helping prevent Alzheimer's. It has also been said to be a powerful anti oxidant to help prevent cancer. It helps depression, anxiety, general pain... etc etc. Its a miracle spice. Seriously. It has helped so much with my pain. (fibromyalgia , Hypothyroidism, etc. )
Ok, enough with all that. I could bore you to death with all the benefits, or you can google it and check it out for yourself.
Now, on to the recipe! I made a 3.5 x 5 graphic that you can print out. You should be able to click on the image so that it's full size and print it out!
(disclaimer- Turmeric can stain)
I make this recipe with 6 to 8 cups of almond milk and adjust the ingredients accordingly.
I put it into a rubbermaid pitcher and keep it in my fridge. It's so easy to just grab the pitcher, pour a cup and warm up the milk in the microwave. It tastes better the next day.
This will keep in the fridge for up to 5 days without a problem!
Oh, and another disclaimer... the cinnamon and other spices like to sink to the bottom of your glass so just make sure you give it a stir with each sip. I use a straw and it works out just fine.
Now, you can make it a million different ways.
The Turmeric, raw honey and cinnamon are essentials for me,
but aside from that, feel free to tweek it as you like. I use vanilla almond milk. Full fat.
The fat helps your body absorb the turmeric.
Oh, and I know you are thinking, "Pepper!? Ugh, no." However, you NEED the pepper for your body to absorb the turmeric. You have to have it. You can not taste it, I promise. It's only a pinch.
It looks crazy when you make it, it's essentially the color of dark mustard, but it tastes soooo good!!
It tastes like sweet cinnamon milk with a bit of extra yummy.
I can't explain it. Do NOT knock it until you have tried it. The first time I made it, it took me 10 minutes to work up the nerve to taste it. One taste and I was hooked!
You can also add ginger to this. Also, some people like to make it a little spicy and add some cayenne pepper.
What has Turmeric done for me?
Without delving into the medical mysteries that exist in my body, I will try and streamline this for you. Short and not so sweet.
First, I have Alpha-Gal which is an allergy to red meat and any red meat by product. I am continuously having reactions to EVERYTHING. You may not realize it, but there are red meat by products hidden in lots and lots of ordinary, every day items. Trust me. Google it because I don't even have the time to list all the things I have to try and avoid.
Since I have been talking Turmeric, I have had no reactions. Since I was diagnosed, I have never gone more than one week without a reaction (swelling, itching, rash, etc.). Of course, I still have to be very careful around EVERYTHING... but I believe the anti-inflammatory properties of the Turmeric help.
Also, I was diagnosed a few months ago with Hypothyroidism. I had no idea what was going on with my body. I was sleeping all day, but still tired. I was in so much pain. Pain that I couldn't even describe to you. Nerve pain, joint pain, migraines, back pain, hip and leg pain... my skin hurt to touch... muscle pain. You name it! I was swelling anytime I was on my feet for more than a few minutes and I gained 40 lbs in less than a year. Yes... 40 lbs.
I am taking thyroid medicine, as well as medicine for nerve pain, and anxiety... but I still wasn't at a point to where I felt like I had a quality of life. I am only 39 years old. I am not ready to call it quits yet!!! It's so frustrating to be stuck in the house because I just couldn't get my body to cooperate with me and the no energy and pain was just too much. It wasn't worth leaving the house.
Fast forward a bit... My husband has a friend that also has Hypothyroidism. He told Danny to get me some Turmeric and it will change my life.
At that point we were willing to try ANYTHING. Like I said, I take the supplements, I drink the golden milk, and I try and sprinkle a little turmeric in the things that I eat.
The Turmeric (and also the meds prescribed by my Doctor-- always consult your doctor and continue the medicine you are taking.) are helping my body get stronger. My pain is nearly gone. YES, I only have pain if I over do it! I am slowly working my way into an exercise routine and just being a happier and healthier person. I promise you that if someone told me a few years ago that Turmeric could benefit me this much, I would have laughed.
I hope you enjoy this and enjoy the Recipe Printable. Feel free to share, just like to this post please!
(THIS IS NOT SPONSORED. lol. I really just want to spread the word. I didn't mention any brands for that reason. If I didn't believe that this would change your life, I would just keep it to myself!)