Although living in Canada can come with it’s minus a million temperatures, I still love me a good Canadian winter. I don’t ski , I don’t skate, and really… I just don’t like the cold. So what’s to love you ask? The COZY FACTOR.
Honestly, getting warm is the best part of winter, and you’re lying if you don’t agree 😉 Knit sweaters, fires, slippers, and best of all… warm bevvies. I was all about mulled wine over the holidays but unfortunately, that’s not a drink one should have on the daily. I was digging around for a warm bevvy that was healthier than mulled wine but a bit more exciting than bagged tea, and that’s when I came across this Ultimate Golden Milk recipe. The name itself made me feel regal and it was something I had to try immediately. This turmeric-infused drink (that’s where the gold comes from 😉 ) did not disappoint. It’s creamy, decadent & supremely healthy.
The mastermind behind this golden milk recipe is Alexa from Girl in Healing. Her blog is full of recipes that aim to heal people living with an auto-immune disease. Alexa is inspiring in the stories she tells about living with Crohn’s disease all while sharing the tastiest recipes that’ll benefit everyone. So, without any further ado, here’s Alexa on how to create this healthy and tasty winter drink, Golden Milk
Golden milk is like a (much) healthier version of a hot chocolate. It’s something I crave as fall creeps in and as winter settles down hard. Like hot chocolate, golden milk has a thickness to it that is comforting in the cold months. I just love the feeling of sipping on this after coming in from a freezing cold day. But unlike most hot chocolates I have savored in my life, golden milk is FULL of healing properties.
Why make it Bulletproof?
In my version, I incorporated the Bulletproof style. Bulletproof coffee has been a trend for a while, and for good reason! By adding grass-fed butter, coconut oil or brain octane to your coffee, you put off cravings and stay fuller longer. Plus, your body gets a dose of healthy fats. Dave Asprey is the pioneer of this invention, and has a whole website and books dedicated to it. Check out his website, here.
The magical powers of Turmeric
Besides non-dairy milk, turmeric is the most important ingredient in making golden milk, and is what gives it that beautiful colour. The benefits of turmeric (or curcumin, the compound in turmeric) are seemingly endless.
turmeric is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory
this Huffington Post article describes 6 health benefits of turmeric, including delaying the onset of type 2 diabetes and fighting cancer
Consuming turmeric is beneficial for everyone, but especially for people trying to lower inflammation in the body.
I think you’ll find this drink delicious with a little spicy kick that’ll warm you from the inside out. A major plus is that you can feel really good about drinking this! Morning, noon, or night, just go for it!
1 cup of dairy free milk (I use coconut or almond)
1 tsp powdered turmeric
1 TBS cinnamon
1 TBS coconut oil
1/2 TBS grass-fed and/or organic butter
optional: 1/2 tsp raw organic honey
heat up dairy free milk either stove top or in the microwave
stir in coconut oil, butter, turmeric, and cinnamon and honey, if using
mix thoroughly until the butter and coconut oil have melted and all ingredients are incorporated
Black pepper is said to magnify the healing benefits of turmeric. However, many people are sensitive to it (like myself). So much so, that it is not allowed on the AIP diet. You are welcome to add a bit of black pepper if you want to try it out. Feel free to adjust the measurements as you like. I listed the turmeric as just 1 teaspoon because it has a strong flavour and is quite spicy, especially if you are not used to it! By all means, add more turmeric as you grow used to the flavour.
Exiting, no? A creamy, buttery, decadent drink that has the healing powers of a freaking Shaman. Speaking of butter, I substituted the grass-fed butter in this recipe for coconut butter instead which works really well. I found it to be the perfect drink at night to subdue cravings and leave me feeling super satisfied until morning.
This winter, cozy up, stay warm, and stay healthy with this amazing drink! Love, peace & regal bevvies
Alexa Federico was born and raised in the Boston area. She’s an avid reader and green tea drinker. She blogs at Girl in Healing, where she creates healthy recipes and shares her life experiences living with Crohn’s disease, a form of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), which there is currently no cure for. She is a firm believer that “food is medicine.” You can follow Alexa on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, & Pinterest.