Is anyone else feeling under the weather? I've been battling a cold for what feels like forever right now (in actuality, it's been about a week), and the only thing that's giving me life right now is treating myself with homemade golden milk. 

What is golden milk, exactly? It's a warming, healthful beverage made from turmeric that feels both indulgent and comforting.

Golden Milk

Turmeric is a healthful spice that reportedly has anti-inflammatory properties ... and it is, quite frankly, a mood-booster when you're sick because of its vibrant color! So when I'm sick—like I have been this past week—I like to mix up a cup of golden milk.

There are dozens of recipes for golden milk available online, but you really don't need a recipe for this simple drink. Simply heat a cup of milk (I prefer almond, but you can do that or dairy, soy, rice, coconut, whatever is your jam) on the stove and stir in some ground turmeric (bonus points if it's freshly ground!). I think that 1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon turmeric is a good amount, but experiment to see what you like best. Add in approximately 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper, and a pinch of ginger or cinnamon or whatever else you might like for flavor. Consider also stirring in 1 teaspoon or so of coconut oil (more on that in a minute). Stir in a little bit of your favorite sweetener, if desired, and enjoy! Simple, isn't it?

Two things to keep in mind when preparing your golden milk: First, to get the greatest health benefits from turmeric, you should combine it with black pepper. One of the compounds in black pepper increases the absorption of the curcumin in turmeric by up to two hundred percent. 

Second, turmeric is fat-soluble, so make sure that there's some healthy fat involved in your drink somewhere ... which is where the addition of coconut oil comes in! 

Golden milk is not some magical illness-curing beverage, but it's definitely warming and delicious and always comforting when I am under the weather! Do you enjoy drinking golden milk? Any delicious add-ins I should try?


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