This turmeric latte makes me think of autumn, and what better way to welcome in the autumn season then with autumn inspired foods! You know, turmeric has always been a favourite spice of mine. Not only because of its unique flavour, and vibrant yellow pigment, but because of its wonderful array of health benefits. Turmeric root has been used in Ancient Indian cultures for thousands and thousands of years. In the West, we are only now starting to discover just how healing and wonderful turmeric root actually is. Today I want to share this warming Turmeric Latte recipe.
The Benefits of Turmeric Tea
Turmeric has a long list of health benefits. It contains powerful compounds called curcuminoids. Curcumin specifically is known for its highly anti-inflammatory properties. It is extremely high in antioxidants as well. Turmeric can help with joint pain, arthritis, depression, cognitive health and even heart disease. It helps to combat any kind of inflammation in the body. We all know by now that inflammation is the number one cause of disease in North America. A best practice to help prevent inflammation would be to start incorporating turmeric into your diet. You definitely want to be reaping the benefits of turmeric tea by trying to consume small amounts of it each day.
My Favourite Turmeric Latte Recipe
Turmeric is most commonly consumed in curry dishes, but its use spans far beyond just curry. You can add turmeric to soups, stews, baking, and even smoothies. I’ve been trying to experiment with different ways to take turmeric (outside of flavouring your foods with it), and then I stumbled across these yummy, warming elixirs called Turmeric Lattes. I’ve made a few different turmeric drinks before, but this one is by far my favourite. Do you enjoy the taste of turmeric? Leave a comment below letting me know your thoughts on it.
Some people can find the flavour of turmeric to be overpowering, but it’s really not so bad if you pair it with the right ingredients and use it sparingly. People often think that you have to take large amounts of superfoods to enjoy their benefits, but that isn’t always true. Less is more most of the time. Consuming superfoods like turmeric in small doses over time can prove to have great health benefits!
Turmeric Latte Mix
The base of this turmeric latte mix first consists of an Ayurvedic tea called “Yogi Tea,” which is traditionally a mixture of whole spices steeped in water, milk and some black tea. My recipe uses unsweetened almond milk, as well as coconut cream instead, blended with turmeric root and seabuckthorn, and coconut oil. Seabuckthorn is also very high in antioxidants, as well as Vitamin C, which we could all use more of this time of year. Additionally, seabuckthorn has a slight citrus taste to it and citrus tends to pair well with turmeric. The coconut oil in the latte makes the mixture very creamy. and is a great source of healthy fats. Coconut oil will also help the turmeric to absorb better into the body.
This turmeric latte mix is super warming, and soothing because of all the spices. It’s a perfect drink to have in the morning to replace that morning cup of jo! I’m not a huge coffee drinker, so this kind of drink is the perfect drink for me. It definitely won’t give you the jitters like coffee typically does, and will not spike your cortisol levels. Instead, it will make you feel a sense of calm and will help nourish your body. I can’t help but feel good when I know that I am feeding my body healthy food. It’s definitely a lovely natural high.
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Turmeric Yogi Latte
Classic Yogi Tea Recipe
- 1 1/3 cups of unsweetened almond milk
- 3 whole cloves
- 4 whole green cardamom pods, cracked
- 4 whole black peppercorns
- ½ stick cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon black tea
- ½ cup coconut cream
- 2 slices fresh ginger root
- 1 tbsp turmeric root, grated
- 1/4 tsp seabuckthorn powder
- 1 tbsp organic extra virgin coconut oil
- 1 tsp neem honey, and a little more for drizzling after (optional)
- pinch of cinnamon
- Bring water to a boil and add spices.
- Cover and boil 15 to 20 minutes, then add black tea. Let sit for a few minutes, then add the coconut cream and return to a boil. Don’t let it boil over. When it reaches a boil, remove immediately from heat, strain.
- Add turmeric, seabuckthorn, coconut oil and honey to a high speed blender, along with the tea mixture. Blend on high for about 2 minutes.
- Serve with a pinch of cinnamon on top and a drizzle of honey!