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Turmeric is one of the most powerful anti-inflammatory roots on the planet, and I’ve been trying to eat some every single day for the last few months to help me recover naturally from a wrist injury without drugs.
This Iced Turmeric Latte recipe makes it so easy and delicious to add to your diet! Turmeric has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic and Traditional Chinese Medicine to treat a number of conditions and scientists believe that one of the reasons why turmeric is so powerful is that it contains curcumin. There have been dozens of studies into the health benefits of curcumin, and it’s been shown to protect against arthritis, liver damage, cancer, cerebrovascular dysfunction, and Alzheimer’s disease.
The biggest benefit that I’ve personally witnessed is turmeric’s ability to fight inflammation and pain in the body. If you are suffering from any injuries (as I was several years ago in my tailbone and now with my wrist), turmeric is very powerful at reducing pain and swelling naturally without drugs like Advil. I was amazed at how well it worked for me back then, and to this day – whenever I have an ailment – I turn to turmeric.
This recipe is similar to Golden Milk, served over ice with a touch of honey, coconut water, and cinnamon. The coconut oil in this drink is essential, as this is what helps your body absorb all the goodness from the turmeric (which is fat-soluble) – so don’t skip this ingredient! I incorporate coconut oil in my diet often as it has an anti-inflammatory effect on the body and can assist in weight loss.
Choosing the best ingredients for this recipe:
- I like to use organic raw coconut water – which is often pink, by the way. Here’s my guide to buying the best coconut waters.
- Choose nut milk (almond, coconut, etc) that is organic and without added sugars or additives – or make it yourself. This is how I make homemade coconut milk every week.
- I’ve been using Nutiva’s Organic Virgin Coconut Oil for years in my kitchen, it’s expeller cold-pressed, unrefined and never deodorized or bleached.
- You can find fresh organic turmeric root in the produce section in natural food stores like Whole Foods or Sprouts (some conventional grocery stores carry it too). It looks like this:
- The cinnamon is optional, but I really recommend it!
- If you can’t find fresh turmeric, go ahead and use organic ground turmeric from the spice aisle. Keep in mind that most spices are irradiated and grown with conventional pesticides, if not organic. To experience all the healing benefits, it’s super important to use only high quality organic turmeric and cinnamon from a company that you trust. I’ve been using organic cinnamon and turmeric from Red Ape Cinnamon for years. Instead of oven-drying their turmeric (which destroys some of the vital oils and curcumin), Red Ape’s turmeric is sun-dried, never heated above 118 degrees, and ground slowly, which leaves more natural oils and curcumin in the final product. And – it’s certified organic.
You can make this amazingly delicious turmeric latte in three simple steps!
Pour a couple cups of coconut or almond milk into a small pot and stir in one tablespoon of raw honey and two teaspoons of coconut oil. Turn the heat on low and warm the milk for a few minutes, stirring it every so often until the honey and oil is well incorporated and it’s warm to touch…
Pour half a cup of coconut water into a blender and add three tablespoons of grated fresh turmeric (only use 1½ teaspoons if using ground turmeric) and a pinch of cinnamon. Give it a really good blend for a couple minutes…
To serve, fill a couple tall glasses halfway up with ice. Spoon a few tablespoons of the blended turmeric mix into the glass and pour the warm milk over the ice until the glass is full. Kick back your heals and enjoy it with a friend!