5 Different Takes On The Immune-Boosting Turmeric Latte
If you’ve heard the word turmeric a lot lately, you’re not the only one. People have been raving about the health benefits of turmeric for quite some time now, and it’s become somewhat of a trend to add this ingredient to many different recipes for its health benefits.
Turmeric is a spice that has long been used as a staple ingredient in traditional Asian cuisine to up the flavor factor. However, one essential compound found in turmeric is what makes it such a great addition to your health: curcumin. Curcumin acts as an antioxidant to help balance out free radicals in the body. It also possesses anti-inflammatory properties that help quell inflammation and keep the body healthy.
One popular way to up your turmeric intake is by drinking a turmeric latte. But can you really reap the benefits of turmeric by drinking it? And if so, how can you make your own version of the turmeric latte at home? Read on to learn how to whip up an immune-boosting turmeric latte (and why this drink is so good for you).
Are turmeric lattes actually good for you?
Turmeric lattes, also referred to as golden milk, are unsurprisingly good for you – any way you consume turmeric and its compound curcumin is beneficial to your health. Research has shown that not only does turmeric help to keep down inflammation, it can also:
- Aid in digestion
- Help with detoxification
- Provide pain relief
- Ward off depression
- Treat skin conditions
With so many health benefits, it’s no surprise that people want to get their turmeric fix any way they can. Since the flavor can be a bit strong, using it in a latte is a great way to enjoy a lighter yet just as healthy treat with turmeric.
What are the immune-boosting benefits of turmeric lattes?
When it comes to the immune system, curcumin acts as an aid to keep it healthy. We already know it has anti-inflammatory effects, which help the immune system. However, you may not know just how curcumin helps keep your body’s defence system working as it should.
Research has investigated the substance’s ability to modulate the immune system and found that turmeric intake positively affects specific immune cells. There are many cells within the immune system that can be helped with curcumin, such as:
- T cells
- B cells
- Natural killer cells
- Dendritic cells
These cells all have their own roles in protecting you from illness and chronic disease. Curcumin helps to modulate the action of these cells so that they know when and where they should be attacking and when they should take a step back.
Other immune proteins, known as pro-inflammatory cytokines, can overreact to illness, causing more harm than good. Curcumin has also been shown to keep these cells regulated so they don’t go too far and cause more inflammation than is necessary.
What is the best golden milk recipe?
When you’re making golden milk at home, remember you can make any recipe your own by adding different ingredients. However, there is a staple recipe for making a turmeric latte.
To make the best golden milk, you will need the following:
- 1 cup milk of choice (for a vegan turmeric latte recipe, choose almond, cashew, or coconut milk)
- 2 tablespoons of honey or more if you like it sweeter (if making a vegan version, opt for maple syrup instead)
- 1 ½ teaspoons of almond butter or nut butter of choice
- ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon (with some left over to use as a pretty top-off garnish)
- ¼ teaspoon turmeric
- 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
The process of making the latte is super simple – it’s something you can do in less time than it takes you to wait in a coffee shop line. All you need do is mix all the ingredients in a saucepan and heat over medium heat while whisking. Once it’s warmed and mixed thoroughly, pour it into your favorite mug and enjoy!
Making it your own: turmeric latte twists
If you want to try the golden milk latte recipe but take it up a notch, you can add other flavors to the mix. Here are some ideas for mixing things up.
Spicy pepper turmeric latte
Adding pepper to turmeric enables the body get the full benefit of curcumin, since pepper helps the body to absorb the compound better. To make a spicy version of a turmeric latte, make golden milk as you normally would and simply add pepper to taste. Depending on your preference, you can add as much or as little as you like. The fun part is playing around with different amounts and finding the perfect pepper ratio.
Nutmeg and clove turmeric latte
If you aren’t big on cinnamon or ginger, you can swap those two ingredients for nutmeg and clove. While both have an air of sweetness, they also add a more robust and savory taste to the latte. You can add as much as you like, but before going freehand, try using the amount you would have with the ginger or cinnamon.
If you love cinnamon and ginger but are looking for an added flavor boost, add ¼ to ½ teaspoon of nutmeg and clove to the original golden milk recipe.
Matcha turmeric latte
If you’re the type to get adventurous and love matcha, then this version of the turmeric latte is for you. For this recipe, you will need the following:
- 1 ½ teaspoons matcha powder
- ¼ teaspoon turmeric
- Black pepper to taste
- ¼ cup of hot water
- 1 ½ cups of your milk of choice (non-dairy tends to be lighter and mix well with the other ingredients)
- 1 teaspoon coconut oil
- 1 to 2 teaspoons of sweetener of choice (honey, maple syrup, coconut sugar, brown or white sugar, or artificial sweetener)
To make the matcha turmeric latte, mix matcha, turmeric, and pepper into a mug and whisk in hot water. In a small saucepan, heat the milk until it foams and stir in the coconut oil. Once it foams, add it and the sweetener to your mug, whisk, and enjoy!
Pumpkin spice turmeric latte
For a seasonal take on the turmeric latte, try the pumpkin spice version! You will need the following:
- 2 cups milk of choice
- ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
- ½ teaspoon ginger
- 2 tablespoons pumpkin puree
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- A drizzle of spiced honey
- Sweetener of choice to taste
In a saucepan, whisk milk, turmeric, ginger, pumpkin puree, pumpkin spice, and cinnamon until it just starts to boil and reduce heat to a simmer for five minutes. Once it’s done simmering, add in your sweetener and spiced honey, pour into a mug, and get your drink on!
There are many ways to make a turmeric latte, a.k.a golden milk. If you aren’t sure where to start, go with the basics and work through the other versions. Your tastebuds and your immune system will thank you!