Golden Milk Tea

I've had my share of pain in life. I am referring to physical, here! For a few years, I suffered so badly that every day was a struggle. I went to countless doctors and  tried medicines, procedures, and diet changes. The good news is that I was able to get it under control, and after living in fear for some time that a normal life would not be possible for me, I now live just that. But there are occasions when I have bad days, when I hurt so bad it is distracting from work and every day life. For me, medications are not the answer. Some people are faced with a reality that is daily pills, but I don't feel that is required for me. I have alternative choices, including taking care of myself. For that reason, I am always looking for natural remedies when I can. If we can remedy an issue via diet, why take capsules filled with chemicals?



Recently, a friend posted online about an anti-inflammatory beverage called Golden Milk Tea. Turmeric is known for having cancer preventing properties, but I didn't know it was an anti-inflammatory, too! I often add a bit to recipes just for the sake of having turmeric, and this is just more reason to keep that up.


This recipe version I read called for making something called turmeric paste first, then using that as an ingredient in the tea. The paste consists of a lot of turmeric dissolved into water on low heat with some black pepper mixed in. Sounds like an odd mix for a beverage, but it seems the pepper helps the body absorb the turmeric better.

The original recipe made a LOT of turmeric paste - way more than one gal could go through in a 2 week period, even if I had this tea hooked up to steady IV. For this reason I scaled the quantity back, using about 1/2 of the original amount of turmeric. I heated it on low until the turmeric and water formed a paste, then added the black pepper.

At that point I moved the paste into it's own jar. Even after cutting back some, I still wound up with about 1 cup total of the final paste. Seeing as how the actual tea recipe uses very little, I knew that would be plenty.

Next, I added some almond milk, coconut oil, vanilla extract, powdered cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger to a saucepan, then mixed in about 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric paste. I heated it up on medium-low, stirring frequently, just until the milk warmed up. The nutmeg was an addition on my part because that's another good for you ingredient and besides, it works great in most desserts.


It only took about 5 minutes and I had enough tea for a glass (the photo is actually only a portion of the amount I made - I was sharing).


Iiiiinteresting! It reminded me of Chai tea, which has a cinnamon spice to it. I am a big fan of Chai, so this was a smooth transition for me. I've experimented the tea with a few of friends and family, and received input that fits with my own description. It has a unique taste with some spice to it and a consistency of a creamy coffee. It is not thin like tea (unless you put milk in your tea, of course).

I did feel relaxed after drinking it; the combination of warm milk and the spices is a good one. On the day I made it, I was struggling with some back soreness, and after drinking this in the evening I felt well enough to relax and get some sleep.

I am curious why the paste needs to be created before the tea rather than just mixing some turmeric right in. If you are heating it all together anyway, won't it have the same effect? Once I use this up, I will certainly try it. The heat did make the paste thicken.

The next time I made the tea, I used a full teaspoon of the paste. Though more golden in color, the tea was not so potent in turmeric flavor that it was not drinkable. My suggestion is to start small and work your way up.

Golden Milk Tea Recipe

Ingredients:

For the turmeric paste:
2 tablespoons turmeric
1/2 cup water
1 teaspoon black pepper

For the tea:
2 cups almond milk
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1-2 teaspoon honey
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon turmeric paste

Instructions:

Make the turmeric paste by mixing the turmeric and water in a small saucepan. Heat on medium-low while stirring until a paste is formed. Add black pepper.

For the tea, combine all ingredients in a saucepan. Heat over medium heat, stirring frequently, until the milk is warm, then serve. Serves 1-2.

adapted from golden milk tea

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