Turmeric lattes are the latest craze these days and I am all over it plus it’s a great way to incorporate the many health benefits of Turmeric.
This latte recipe is “Rich and Full” of flavors that is comforting & nourishing with so many antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
So What is Turmeric??
Turmeric is a rich yellowy orange spice used for flavoring and coloring in many dishes such as the Indian curry dish. Turmeric is also known as Curcuma longa and is part of the ginger family and has been used in India, China and Southeast Asia for centuries to treat many disorders. This powerful spice contains a compound known as Curcumin that is the primary healing property in turmeric and is the powerhouse for its preventative health benefits.
On a side note… it is best to consume turmeric with black pepper for better absorption. Curcumin has a poor bioavailability because it quickly breaksdown & metabolizes in the liver and gut which means only a small portion enters the bloodstream. The compound piperine found in pepper inhibits this metabolic breakdown of turmeric compounds in the gut and the liver which will allow higher levels of turmeric compounds to remain in the body and increase its bioavailability → increase the effects of turmeric.
Some of the Many Turmeric Health Benefits
- Aids in Indigestion
- Fights Inflammation
- Acts as an Antioxidant
- Eases Depression
- Treat Skin Problems
- Ease Joint Pain and Arthritis
- Fights Bacterial and Viral Infections
Now back to the latte recipe → flavors in this latte are rich in taste, spicy and sweet from the ginger with a hint of earthiness from the cardamom. The vanilla and honey add just a slight sweetness plus balance to the many spices in this mix.
How to Make a Turmeric Latte
- 1.5 cup unsweetened almond milk (any nut milk will do)
- 1.5 tsp ground turmeric
- 1/8 tsp ground ginger
- 1/8 tsp pepper
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp honey
- pinch of cardamom and cinnamon
Add all the ingredients in a small saucepan on medium heat, bring to a slight boil and simmer for 2 minutes.
For a frothy texture put the heated latte mixture in the blender for about 30 seconds.
Top it off with a dash of cinnamon. Serves one.