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Spring Dreams & Turmeric Lattes

Turmeric Latte

When both my younger son & my husband injured their backs and could no longer shovel snow, I knew they needed healing remedies straight from the kitchen. (Yes, I am a firm believer in Hippocrates’ philosophy: “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”) Before they reached for ibuprofen, I began creating dishes infused with every anti-inflammatory spice imaginable, from ginger to cinnamon to cumin. Yet, out of all of the spices, my personal favorite is turmeric.

Almost everyone has heard of turmeric.  It’s the vibrant orange-yellow spice affectionately known as the magic sword against inflammation, birthed in India and crowned centuries ago as one of the great dosha balancers in ayurvedic medicine.

Turmeric can be bought whole or ground dried, and has been a major player in the health food scene, even popular in supplement form. Although I’ve been a fan of using the flavorful spice for the past couple years, this winter I’ve been religiously pulling out my microplane grater and adding the fresh root (looks like a close cousin to ginger) into soups, smoothies, juices, quinoa, and protein dishes for an instant health boost.

Here’s the thing about a healing spice backed by science and proof: you can feel its inherent goodness from the moment it touches your tongue.

So while the air is still cold, yet the energy of spring awaits just around the bend, try sipping on my newest obsession, a fresh turmeric latte.  Why not warm up from the inside out and beat the winter body blues?  Plus, the potent dose of natural antiviral properties fully prepares us for spring renewal. I don’t know about you, but I’m more than ready for rejuvenation and revival after a long, snowy winter.

These beautifully bold  & healing turmeric lattes simply brightens everything, all around, each and every morning.

Enjoy my March magic ritual.  Think tulips & drink up!

CREAMY TURMERIC LATTE Serves 1

INGREDIENTS 1 cup unsweetened almond or coconut milk 1 heaping tablespoon fresh turmeric root, grated (or use approximately 2 teaspoons turmeric paste - see below) 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1 tablespoon fresh ginger root, grated (or 1 teaspoon ground) 1 tablespoon coconut oil or ghee Raw honey or stevia to taste

*Note: To make the turmeric paste combine 2 parts turmeric powder with 1 part boiling water. Mix and store any extra in the fridge up to 5 days.

METHOD Gently warm the almond or coconut milk in a small saucepan. Do not boil. Add turmeric, ginger and cinnamon. Next, combine coconut oil with milk and heat together until melted. Use a wire whisk or immersion blender to create a foam. Continue to stir until frothy and heated through.

Stir in honey or stevia to taste. Sip, savor & enjoy.

Now it's your turn: Have you fallen hopelessly in love with turmeric or any other healing foods? Share your favorite recipe (or use) below!

18 Comments

  • Paulette says:

    I’m recovering from a cold, and I happened upon this recipe this afternoon. I just used Elise’s recipe for a creamy turmeric latte, and I have to let you all know that it is DELICIOUS!
    It was so good, I think I’ll be drinking at least one a day. I’m also passing the recipe on to others.
    Thanks, Elise, for sharing ways that food can be our medicine.

  • Veronique says:

    OMG! That sounds yummy! Can’t wait to try it! I’m feeling a bit cold and my throat and neck are a bit sore so this recipe sounds like HEAVEN to me! 🙂

  • Oooo I’m going to make this tomorrow. I’m pregnant and always looking for alternatives to coffee. I love turmeric, I still remember the first time I tried the fresh stuff. I thought I bough ginger, man was I surprised 🙂

    • Elise says:

      Krystal,
      That’s funny about the ginger confusion. They are “cousins” and definitely look alike. Congratulations on your pregnancy. The addition of ginger in this latte will be great to calm any sort of digestive distress or nausea (if you have it.) Enjoy!

  • Paulette says:

    Elise, I just had another cup this morning, but forgot the coconut oil. Is the oil important for the absorption of the turmeric, or is it mostly to add body to the latte? It tasted just as delicious without it. What a nice change from coffee. Thank you again.

    • Elise says:

      Hi Paulette,
      Good question! The oil adds body to the latte and, of course, tastes good, too. I like the idea of using the coconut oil (or ghee) especially when you are drinking the latte alone because it slows down the absorption of the natural sugars in the drink. If you are having the latte with a meal that has other healthy fats, then you can skip the coconut oil if you don’t notice a difference. The other option is to use less of it. To answer your question about the fat, eating healthy fat does help with the absorption of fat soluble vitamins, and I think that the addition of the coconut oil or ghee helps keep you satiated longer, too. Hope this helps.

      • Paulette says:

        Yes, it does help. Just finished my morning cup of it, my new favorite way to start the day. Thanks again.

  • I must go out and find some fresh turmeric. I imagine it would bring the latte to another level. And the cinnamon stick, a great add. Love this!

    • Elise says:

      Hi Sharon,
      I used cinnamon stick when I made it, but the “recipe” calls for ground cinnamon since most people have that anyway. I hope you enjoy using the fresh turmeric. The dried spice is a great option, but why not use the fresh root when it is available. Can’t wait to hear what you think!

  • Kelly Callahan says:

    Delicious! I have rheumatoid arthritis and have heard about the anti-inflammatory benefits of turmeric, but never tried it. I happened to have coconut oil on hand because it is the only thing that moisturizes my skin well in winter. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe.

  • I’ve gotta try this! I sometimes have pain in my hands and I know tumeric is good for that! Thanks for sharing!! 🙂

    • Elise says:

      Anna, I hope that some of the pain in your hand dissipates and that you enjoy cooking with all the different anti-inflammatory spices. xo

  • Great article and such value! I’ve tried the Turmeric supplements and they do help! I love the looks of your recipe and cant wait to try it! Actually my mouth is watering right now! I think I need to run to the store right now 😉 Thanks for giving me another healthy recipe to add to my list. xoxox

  • Great article and such value! I’ve tried the Turmeric supplements and they do help! I love the looks of your recipe and cant wait to try it! Actually my mouth is watering right now! I think I need to run to the store right now 😉 Thanks for giving me another healthy recipe to add to my list. xoxo

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