Golden Milk … just the name of it sounds alluring, exotic, and appealing to our inner child. Kind of like chocolate milk. But golden milk is way healthier than chocolate milk.
In fact, golden milk isn’t really milk at all.
Golden Milk: What is it?
There are a few beverages you might want to drink everyday (sorry, coffee: you’re not on the list, though I do love you at times). First on the list is Organic Green Drink, a refreshing and delicious blend of the world’s most detoxifying green, leafy plants.
The next super beverage on my list of nutritional liquid powerhouses is bone broth. Bone broth from humanely-raised animals contains amino acids and collagen. Collagen can improve your gut health, skin, and immune system. It can also better cushion and protect your ligaments, tendons, bones and joints and make your hair and nails stronger.
Golden milk is the third beverage I highly encourage you to drink as often as possible. Golden milk’s featured ingredient is turmeric. I talk about turmeric in another blog post. But let me catch you up to speed on why this golden-colored spice (hence the name golden milk) is, well, the spice of life.
Turmeric contains anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-oxidant, and heart-protective properties. Moreover, another of the golden milk health benefits is that turmeric helps normalize your blood sugar levels. This is super important if you’re trying to lose weight or detox.
To make an easy vegan golden milk, just add some nut milk, coconut milk (it’s one of the few foods I buy in canned form). You can also make golden milk extra creamy by adding coconut oil.
The healthy fats from coconut and the amazing health benefits of turmeric make golden milk a must do morning ritual.
Golden Milk Health Benefits: Weight Loss and So Much More!
Recently, I shared with you how several Chef V client relations specialists have lost weight following a low-carb diet. Low-carb diets are only healthy if you replace the starchy carbs with healthy fats. Coconut is one of those healthy fats. (I love coconuts so much I named my dog, Coconut.)
The fatty acids in coconut don’t get stored as fat. Instead, they are immediately used by the body as energy. Imagine if you were able to ditch crackers, cookies, and all those other junky carb foods and replaced those empty calories with healthy fats. You just might achieve super fast weight loss.
Making a golden milk recipe vegan is easy. Again, all you need is the turmeric spice, coconut milk and/or coconut oil. It’s important to add coconut to the recipe. That’s because turmeric is fat-soluble. That means you need to eat some fat (it doesn’t have to be a lot; a tablespoon is more than enough) to absorb it and get the golden milk health benefits.
Moreover, by using coconut milk, you’re getting lots of vitamins and minerals that you wouldn’t get with just coconut oil.
WARNING: GOLDEN MILK CAN BE MESSY
There’s a slight downside to golden milk health benefits. Turmeric can stain. That’s why if you’re making some golden milk (recipe to follow shortly) wear a bib, apron or old t-shirt that you won’t mind getting dirty if you spill. But my recipe below calls for dry ground turmeric so it’s not as messy.
Well, before you attempt to make your own golden milk, you might be wondering what it tastes like.
I compare golden milk to chai tea. If you’ve never had chai tea, it’s sweet but not too sweet. Chai tea has a spicy, slightly zingy taste, owing to the ginger, fennel, cloves and other herbs and spices.
Other ingredients in Golden Milk Vegan Recipes
Some people add cinnamon sticks to get their turmeric milk tasting like authentic Indian Chai tea. You’ll also need whole turmeric root, not the bottle of spice you can easily shake onto your jasmine rice or veggie stir fry. Golden milk recipe vegan style also can include honey, although if you’re on a low-sugar diet, skip it. I personally don’t think turmeric milk needs any sweetener but if your taste buds need some sweet stuff, add some stevia or monk fruit extract. Both of these natural sugar alternatives do not raise your blood sugar levels and are calorie-free.
How to make easy vegan Golden Milk
To make my version of this yummy drink, you’ll need:
2 cups of your favorite nut milk (I prefer My Almond Milk)
1/4 teaspoon of ground turmeric
1/8 teaspoon of ground ginger (which has amazing health benefits, including clearing your blood of fatty deposits),
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon (which helps lower blood sugar)
1 teaspoon of coconut nectar (which is a natural, low-glycemic sweetener that won’t spike your blood sugar).
Some nutritionists recommend adding a dash of black pepper as well to increase the bio-availability of the turmeric. The best thing about making a vegan golden milk is you can enjoy it hot or cold. To enjoy hot, simply heat up the plain “milk”. I prefer to simmer it on the stove rather than use a microwave. Take the warmed or cold “milk” and place it in your Vitamix or other blender. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend. Easy as pie. Well, actually, much easier than pie.
Golden milk is a potent anti-inflammatory elixir that might just help you lose weight. The strong taste of turmeric might take a little getting used to. So only use a small amount at first. Enjoy it in a cup alone, alongside a special dessert or my favorite guilty pleasure, having it with a bowl of yummy cereal or oats!
GOLDEN MILK OATS
Add 1 cup gluten-free oats
2 Cups Chef V Almond Milk
1/8 tsp. cinnamon
1/8 tsp. ginger
1/4 tsp. turmeric
1 tsp. coconut nectar