Easy Vanilla Turmeric Golden Milk

  February 21, 2019  |    Blog

Some of our best kitchen creations are spin-offs from our popular easy and healthy recipes.  Case in point? Our Lemon-Ginger Turmeric “Detox” Tea  was such a hit that we were inspired to create it’s creamy and waistline-friendly cousin, our 5-MinuteTurmeric Golden Milk, which made us so thrilled when we saw it go gangbusters on pinterest.  Ginger and turmeric are the delicious, anti-inflammatory powerhouses, that are the base of both of these drinks and have inspired our latest taste-bud pleaser, stomach and soul-soothing creation, our Easy Vanilla Turmeric Golden Milk. You’ll reap some of ginger’s and turmeric’s fantastic benefits as you sip this cozy comfort drink…

Ginger and turmeric both contain potent antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds that help your body to work better, feel better and may possibly even help you to look better. Ginger’s main antioxidant is gingerol and it reduces inflammation, fights against disease and improves digestive health. This means you’ll have a healthier belly, one with less irritation and belly bloat and since ginger helps your stomach to feel good and to ease stomach distention, it also helps with a flat belly—and that of course, leads to a happy you! Turmeric also rocks– it contains potent anti-inflammatory compounds that that can help minimize the damage to our bodies caused by stress and poor diets. Stress if not managed correctly, can impact your gut health– and gut health is now known to be tied to your overall health. So, including turmeric in your diet is a good place to start in the process of helping to keep yourself disease free.

With flu season and tax season (ahh the stress!) just about in full swing, we found a way to make our 5-minute Golden Milk work even more in our favor! We loved our that version so much, we came up another variation!

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We upped the anti-inflammatory factor a notch by slightly changing up the measurements of the ingredients in our original golden milk recipe and added a special adaptogen astragalus root extract! If you’ve never heard of adaptogens, they are herbs, roots and mushrooms that help your body to better cope with stress.  And this powerful adaptogen is known to fight disease and boost your immunity! We call this our Easy Vanilla Turmeric Golden Milk and it packs an immune- boosting powerful punch! And stay tuned—because this is so good, it inspired another drink! A Moon Milk (bed time, sleep-inducing, anti-anxiety beverage) using astragalus root extract and it’s packed with antioxidants. Both of these sleepy time drinks are like a hug in the cup for your soul yet they’re an energizer for your immunity!

Easy Vanilla Turmeric Golden Milk

What’s it taste like? We find both our original Turmeric Golden Milk and this souped-up version slightly spicy and slightly sweet with a bit of an earthy flavor– and something that just feels comforting and cozy. And this new version is a bit warmer, a touch spicier like a chai, slightly sweeter with a kiss of vanilla and a bit of an earthy flavor from the astragalus root extract. It is something that just feels cozy–a great anti-stress drink to unwind with right before bed that will fight inflammation and boost your immune system!

Meet our Easy Vanilla Turmeric Golden Milk!

Just like in our 5-Minute Turmeric Golden Milk, you can mix, match and mingle any of the ingredient options—meaning you can use some powdered spices and some fresh, if you’d like!

 

Note:  You can use Coconut Milk Beverage (use one with 40 calories/cup or less) if you’re jonesing for the coconut flavor.

 Yield: 1 cup (8 oz)

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (8oz) unsweetened vanilla almond milk (we used one with 30 calories per cup)
  • 2 tsp.fresh grated turmeric root (or ½  tsp. ground turmeric)
  • 1/4 tsp. fresh grated ginger (or ¼ tsp. ground ginger)
  • 1/4 tsp. whole black peppercorns (or pinch ground black pepper)
  • pinch of ground nutmeg and cardamom
  • 1½ whole cinnamon stick (or ½  tsp. ground cinnamon)
  • dash of salt (optional)*
  • 2 drops stevia or to taste (preferably organic)**
  • ¼ tsp. vanilla extract.
  • 1 dropper of astragalus root ***
*We didn’t use salt and loved it but some people prefer it.
**If you prefer not to use stevia and still would like a sweetener, try 1 tsp. maple syrup, (preferably organic, like Doc’s maple syrup) or 1 teaspoon honey or any other maple syrup. See nutrition facts below.

***While astragalus is safe and helpful for most people, consult with your doctor before using astragalus if you have certain health problems like blood disorders, diabetes, or hypertension as it may affect blood sugar levels and blood pressure.

 

Directions:

  1. In a medium-sized pot, combine all of the ingredients except the astragalus root extract and heat over medium-high heat. Bring to a simmer and whisk gently for 5 minutes to allow all the spices to release their flavor.  (If using powder spices, 2-3 minutes is fine, but 5 minutes seems to make the flavor bolder!)
  2. Remove pot from heat.  If using whole peppercorns, strain them out.
  3. Pour the mixture into a blender and add the astragalus root extract. Blend on high for 30 seconds until foamy and creamy texture. (If you want it to be less like a foamy latte, skip the blending and just whisk vigorously and then pour into your glass. You can also pour this over ice for an iced golden milk latte).
  4. Pour into a glass, garnish with a sprinkle of turmeric powder and nutmeg, kick your feet up and relax!

Nutrition information per serving with stevia: 39 calories, 2 grams fat, 0 grams saturated fat, 116 mg sodium, 2 grams carbs, 1 gram fiber, 0 grams sugar, 1 gram protein

 

Nutrition info per serving with maple syrup: 56 calories, 2 grams fat, 0 grams saturated fat, 116 mg sodium, 6 grams carbs, 1 gram fiber, 4 grams sugar, 1 grams protein

Easy Vanilla Turmeric Golden Milk
 
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Serves: 1 serving
Ingredients
  • Ingredients:
  • 1 cup (8oz) unsweetened vanilla almond milk (we used one with 30 calories per cup)
  • 2 tsp.fresh grated turmeric root (or ½ tsp. ground turmeric)
  • ¼ tsp. fresh grated ginger (or ¼ tsp. ground ginger)
  • ¼ tsp. whole black peppercorns (or pinch ground black pepper)
  • pinch of ground nutmeg and cardamom
  • 1½ whole cinnamon stick (or ½ tsp. ground cinnamon)
  • dash of salt (optional)*
  • 2 drops stevia or to taste (preferably organic)**
  • ¼ tsp. vanilla extract.
  • 1 dropper of astragalus root
  • *We didn’t use salt and loved it bu some people prefer it.
  • **If you prefer not to use stevia and still would like a sweetener, try 1 tsp. maple syrup, (preferably organic, like Doc's maple syrup) or 1 teaspoon honey or any other maple syrup. See nutrition facts below.
Instructions
  1. In a medium-sized pot, combine all of the ingredients except the astragalus root extract and heat over medium-high heat. Bring to a simmer and whisk gently for 5 minutes to allow all the spices to release their flavor. (If using powder spices, 2-3 minutes is fine, but 5 minutes seems to make the flavor bolder!)
  2. Remove pot from heat. If using whole peppercorns, strain them out.
  3. Pour the mixture into a blender and add the astragalus root extract. Blend on high for 30 seconds until foamy and creamy texture. (If you want it to be less like a foamy latte, skip the blending and just whisk vigorously and then pour into your glass. You can also pour this over ice for an iced golden milk latte).
  4. Pour into a glass, garnish with a sprinkle of turmeric powder and nutmeg, kick your feet up and relax!
Notes
Nutrition info per serving with Doc’s maple syrup: 56 calories, 2 grams fat, 0 grams saturated fat, 116 mg sodium, 6 grams carbs, 1 gram fiber, 4 grams sugar, 1 grams protein

Note: You can use Coconut Milk Beverage (use one with 40 calories/cup or less) if you’re jonesing for the coconut flavor.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 cup with stevia Calories: 39 Fat: 2 g Carbohydrates: 2 g Sugar: 0 g Fiber: 1 g Protein: 1g

 

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