The Anti-inflammatory elixir | Turmeric Latte Recipe
Cutting down on coffee? Fighting inflammation? Or just looking for something new (especially when it’s cold outside)?
The turmeric latte just might be your next best friend. It’s certainly ours… we’re obsessed!
In this post + video, we’re sharing the benefits of turmeric PLUS our go-to recipe for making a simple turmeric latte at home. Once you have the recipe down pat, you’ll find it only takes a couple minutes to prepare and tastes great every time!
Turmeric’s anti-inflammatory + anti-oxidant benefits
It’s no joke that turmeric is an anti-inflammatory superfood that seems to be appearing everywhere these days! But does it live up to the hype? We say: Absolutely.
If you’re not familiar with turmeric, it may surprise you to learn that it’s actually a herb within the ginger family, Zingiberaceae. The root of the turmeric plant is where we find the most health benefits, and this part of the plant is used to make turmeric spice.
Related: Spiced (Sugar Free) Hot Chocolate!
The anti-inflammatory effects of turmeric have long been known and used since ancient times in Ayurvedic medicine, however modern science is now catching up! We now know that the active compound curcumin (which makes up 2 – 5% of this spice) is responsible for the anti-inflammatory and free radical scavenging effects of turmeric.
A little science on how it works: It’s currently understood that curcumin up-regulates certain biological pathways in our bodies, which in turn suppress the release of pro-inflammatory cytokines. This would explain the observations of turmeric’s positive effects for inflammatory conditions such as arthritis and type 2 diabetes, as well as its anti-cancer effects. (1)
Sourcing fresh turmeric, sweetening + more FAQs!
Where can I find a fresh turmeric root? Our advice would be to check your local health food store (if they sell produce) or try a farmer’s market. We source our turmeric root from the small (but growing) organic section of our local farmer’s market. And if you can’t find fresh turmeric root, don’t worry! An organic turmeric powder is also a great option and makes preparation quick + easy.
What sweetener should I use? The way you sweeten your turmeric latte comes down to personal preference. We generally prefer to use organic stevia in the mornings / during the day to avoid spiking our blood sugar too much (as would be the case with honey). For evenings, we’re happy to use honey before bed to help with a good night’s sleep!
What’s the black pepper for? Do I need to use it? It seems like an odd thing to put into your drink, but you must not skip the pinch of black pepper! This ingredient significantly improves the bioavailability + absorption of curcumin (the active compound in turmeric) in the digestive tract.
Aaand on to the recipe!
Watch how we make a good turmeric latte at home, or follow the instructions posted below!
- 3cm fresh turmeric root (alternatively, 1 – 2 tsp turmeric powder)
- 1 cup almond OR coconut milk
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
- 1/2 tsp vanilla bean paste
- 1 tsp organic stevia OR honey to taste
- pinch black pepper
- Optional: 1 – 2 scoops of Collagen Peptides for added protein
Other equipment: A high powered blender (we love the Vitamix!), small saucepan + a fine strainer if using fresh turmeric root. We find that a nut milk bag works perfectly, but you could also use a tea strainer.
- Remove the outer skin from your turmeric root and chop roughly
- Add all ingredients to a high powered blender and blend until well combined
- Transfer the mixture into a saucepan and heat to your desired temperature (not boiling!)
- Place a nut milk bag / small strainer over your cup and pour your turmeric latte through it. This step will remove the fibrous pulp from the turmeric root, and isn’t necessary if you’re using turmeric powder instead.
- Enjoy! xx