Dairy Free Turmeric Tea Latte
Happy New Year from the Local Health team and welcome to our new website! We are all very excited to be starting the New Year in our newly renovated clinic and hope you will come and visit us here soon.
To help you start off your new year and recover from the busyness of the holidays I wanted to share this caffeine and dairy free latte recipe with you that incorporates one my favourite herbs- turmeric.
Curcumin, one of the active constituents in turmeric, is most well known for its powerful anti-inflammatory properties, making it a good choice for pain relief from arthritis and other inflammatory conditions. Additionally, curcumin has also been shown to have the following benefits:
- Boosts brain derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), a growth hormone that functions in the brain and helps to grow neurons which is beneficial for brain disorders such as MS, Alzheimers, and Depression.
- Helps to balance blood sugar
- Improves health and function of the blood vessels
In order to reap all the benefits of dietary turmeric, it needs to be prepared in a way that makes its active ingredient (curcumin) bio-available to us. You can achieve this by heating it in a healthy oil or fat and combining it with pepper. One study titled “Influence of piperine on the pharmacokinetics of curcumin in animals and human volunteers” showed that when curcumin was given to human volunteers with pepper (compared to curcumin on its own) it increased its absorption by 2000%!
This recipe is a great way to enjoy the benefits of turmeric but you can also get turmeric into your diet by adding it to stir frys, currys, and scrambled eggs-just remember to add pepper and some healthy fat.
Hope you enjoy!
Local Health’s Holistic Nutritionist
Turmeric Tea Latte (2 servings)
- 1 tsp ground turmeric or 2 tsp fresh turmeric root, grated
- 1 tsp ground ginger or 2 tsp freshly grated ginger root
- ¼ tsp black pepper
- 1 cup full fat coconut milk (canned)
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp maple syrup or honey
- 1 cup water
- 1 tsp ghee or coconut oil
Heat oil (or ghee), ginger, turmeric, pepper, and cinnamon in a saucepan for 1-2 minutes.
Add water and bring to a boil then reduce heat and add coconut milk and honey (or maple syrup) and gently warm for a couple minutes while stirring.
Transfer hot liquid into blender and blend until frothy (about 30 seconds), and serve immediately.
*If you used fresh ginger and turmeric root, strain liquid before you transfer it into the blender.
*WARNING Do not put hot liquids into a blender that has an air tight seal such as a magic bullet-my friend and I learned that the hard way with a bulletproof coffee explosion all over my kitchen! If a magic bullet is the only blender you have, you can also achieve the “latte” frothiness with a handheld immersion blender.