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One Small Change – Golden Milk (Chai Style!)

by | Dec 16, 2015

I’ve found my new winter thing. It’s warm, creamy, slightly sweet and it goes in a mug.

Most importantly, it was inspired by a hankerin’ for a chai latte from a little corner coffee shop I used to frequent in college that doesn’t exist anymore. Crave as I may, I’ll never have one of those again.

But I’m not sad about it anymore, because I came up with something infinitely better and healthier.

No, it’s not coffee. I’m not cheating on my no-coffee challenge!

Have you ever heard of golden milk? I first came across Casey Jade’s super simple recipe, and it was love at first cozy sip. I found it when I was searching for an easy detox to do. A few too many holiday gatherings meant a few too many cookies, and I just feel sleepy and sludgy when I’m eating garbage. I plan to do a real detox soon, but for now an easy wellness boost will have to do. Golden milk fits the “easy” requirement, then we have the health benefits of turmeric and coconut oil I’m reading about everywhere…I’m in.

Golden milk is, in its most basic form, turmeric (the spice) and milk, then it varies from there. Turmeric is said to be a powerful liver-detoxifier and anti-inflammatory, and is credited for a long list of other health benefits. I can’t verify, but since Dr. Weil, hospitals and Ayurveda are all saying the same thing, I filed it away in the probably legit folder.

 

Basic Golden Milk Recipe

golden milk turmeric tea
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Does the mortar & pestle in the pic make you think that I hand-ground my own turmeric root? Because it should. (I didn’t.)

Casey’s recipe (linked above) is turmeric and water. I added the black pepper because it’s supposed to increase your absorption of curcumin (the good stuff in turmeric).

The Paste

1/4 c Turmeric

1/2 tsp Black Pepper

1/2 c water

Simmer in a small saucepan for a few minutes, until it thickens into a paste. Transfer the paste to a small mason jar and store in the fridge. This will last you a while!

My first few rounds, I mixed the basic paste with a warmed mug of half coconut milk, half almond milk and a touch of raw honey. Then one day, I was remembering those amazing chai lattes I had been mourning for so long, and LIGHTBULB.

Start the paste up there, but add chai spices before you turn the stove off…

Chai-style golden milk paste

Add the following to the ingredients of your paste recipe:

1 tbsp ginger

1tbsp cardamom

1tbsp cinnamon

pinch cloves

With the additional spices, you may need to add a little more water to get your paste going.

So, now you have this super-healthy wet cement. Here’s what to do with it.

Golden Milk or Chai Golden Milk recipe

Fill your mug with 1/2 full-fat coconut milk and 1/2 almond milk. Pour into a saucepan and start to heat it over medium heat. Add 1/4 to 1/2 tsp of golden milk paste (recipe above). Heat just until warmed through, then remove from heat. Add just a touch of raw honey to taste, and enjoy!

Ever been hugged by a mug? It’s like that.

We all know that small changes are easier to implement than complete overhauls, so this should be an easy one to work into my evening routine.  Trust me, it’s most welcome in my evening routine, right alongside a good book. I start looking forward to my new little ritual as soon as I take my last bite of dinner.

Do you have any easy small changes that make a big difference?

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