Have you heard about the benefits of turmeric yet? I feel like it's popping up everywhere--and for good reason. Turmeric is a component of curry and it gives it the bright yellow color it's known for. Turmeric has been used for thousands of years to treat different ailments. It's been studied in cancer research, arthritis, GI health, and more! Of course, as with most research, the majority of the research has been done in test tubes and on animals; so take this with a grain of salt. Turmeric (and it's antioxidant compound, curcumin) has the ability to stimulate the gallbladder to produce bile, which, may help improve digestion. It might be completely psychological for me, but when I have an upset stomach or feel nauseous, this is my go to drink. Unless I have Canada Dry available; thanks, mom, for getting me hooked on that when I was a child with the flu.
So whether your stomach is upset, your joints hurt, or you are looking to prevent some kind of chronic disease, try this drink out and see if you benefit.
Side note: You can use regular cows milk, Lactaid milk, rice milk, almond milk, soy milk, or coconut milk. I have only personally tested this recipe with coconut milk and almond milk so I can't vouch for the flavors of the other milk in this drink. FODMAPers, stick with the coconut milk found in the refrigerated section of the grocery store. Also, make sure that you use good quality turmeric. If the spice has been hanging out on your spice rack for over a year, please, do yourself a favor, and buy a new one.
- 1/8 tsp. turmeric
- 1/2 cup water
- Pinch of black pepper
- 1/2 cup coconut milk
- 1 Tbsp. coconut oil
- 1 Tbsp. maple syrup
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- Combine turmeric, water, and pepper in a small saucepan and simmer for 8-10 minutes.
- In a second saucepan combine coconut milk, coconut oil, and maple syrup. Simmer until hot.
- When the turmeric mix thickens (after 8-10 minutes) combine it with the coconut milk mixture.
- Pore into mug and top with cinnamon.