I want to share one of my favorite treats that just makes life a little bit better:
Turmeric is a relative to ginger that has been used in India since ancient times in Ayurvedic medicine and as a culinary spice. In fact, it's what makes curry that beautiful golden color.
There have been thousands of studies documenting the powerful health properties of curcumin, which is derived from turmeric. It has been shown to boost your immune system, is a more powerful anti-inflammatory than ibuprofin, helps with diabetes, high cholesterol, brain health, and even shows anti-cancer activity! Although you can buy curcumin supplements, many believe it is more beneficial to use the whole turmeric root.
To learn more about turmeric's long list of health benefits, read this article by Dr. Mercola.
To optimize our health and boost our immune systems, we try to incorporate turmeric powder wherever we can when cooking, so it's more economical for us to buy it by the pound.
(We love this brand of organic ground turmeric.)
But, my absolute favorite way of getting turmeric in my diet is Turmeric Milk, sometimes called Turmeric Tea. It's so delicious it's on par with hot cocoa, but infinitely better for you!
So yummy it feels like a treat, not a treatment!
Turmeric is fat soluble, so I add coconut oil, which has several health benefits of its own. Piperine in black pepper enhances the bioavailability of turmeric, so it's important to not omit it (I pinky-promise you won't taste it.). Substitute dried ground ginger for fresh (1 Tb. of fresh = 1/4 tsp. powder) if you need to. You can also adjust the amounts of vanilla and honey to taste.
While there are many recipes online, I'm partial to mine:
4 cups organic coconut milk or almond milk
2 tsp. ground turmeric by Starwest Botanicals
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
2 Tb. organic raw honey
1 tsp. vanilla extract
6 whole peppercorns or 1/8 tsp. ground pepper
3 whole cardamom pods or 1 tsp. this spice blend by Blue Lotus
2 Tb. organic coconut oil by Nutiva
1 in. piece of fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
Just add it all to a pot(except the raw honey) and slowly simmer for at least a half hour. It is necessary to simmer for this long to avoid bitterness. Add the honey, strain, and serve.
It tastes delicious, makes a great drink in place of coffee in the morning, or right before bedtime, and it feels so comforting when you're sick (plus it's soothing on a sore throat).
For my part, I just feel better knowing I'm doing something nurturing for my body.
Isn't that beautiful?
In Poland, when you toast someone, you say "Na zdrowie!", which means 'to your health'!
OK, usually it's when drinking vodka but hey...