I jumped at the chance to try this in Australia recently, and found it delicious. It also has big health benefits (see below). Although I often have turmeric into curries and my pear, ginger and turmeric breakfast smoothie I was at a loss to see where I could get it in every day. Don’t leave out the black pepper, its piperine content increases the bioavailability of the beneficial curcumin in turmeric by 2000%! Feel free to vary the amounts of ginger and cardamom if you want.
Here I give the recipe for an instant latte blend as well as quantities for just one cup.
DO remember to pick milks free of emulsifiers that tear the lining of your gut – in particular carageenan (E407) , carboxymethylcellulose (E466), polysorbate 80 (E433), maltodextrin (E1400). Studies show they induce inflammation in the small & large bowel.
For 1 serving:
200ml/1 mug of non-dairy milk of your choice (e.g. unsweetened coconut milk, almond milk)
½ level tsp (teaspoon) turmeric powder
¼ level tsp ginger powder
¼ level tsp cardamom powder
Pinch freshly fine ground black pepper (if you leave it too coarse it just stays in bottom of the mug)
Optional: Small pinch of cayenne/chilli powder
To sweeten: a few drops of stevia or half a teaspoon of xylitol/raw honey
- Heat the milk on the stove or with the steam milk frother on your coffee machine.
- Add the spices and sweetening of your choice, whisk to mix.Variation: If you are feeling decadent, a sprinkle of Ceylon (Sri Lankan) cinnamon on top of the latte is lovely and boost vitality even more.
Turmeric latte blend (approx. 30 servings) Keep this in a glass jar with a tight-fitting lid in a dark place to keep potency and flavour.
90ml/6 level tbs (tablespoons) turmeric powder
30ml/2 level tbs ginger powder
30ml/2 level tbs cardamom powder 5ml
5ml/1 level tsp (teaspoon) finely ground freshly ground black pepper
Optional: 2.5ml/½ level tsp ground chilli powder
- Heat your mug of milk, add 1 level teaspoon of mix, sweeten to taste with stevia drops, xylitol or honey and whisk with a fork for a second to mix.
- Sprinkle with Ceylon cinnamon if you feel like it.
Why this is great for you
Turmeric reduces inflammation everywhere in your digestive system. A study using 1g turmeric powder twice a day resulted in a massive improvement in remission rates in inflammatory bowel disease. 1 gram is just half a teaspoon. Turmeric is also well-studied in relieving gastritis and gastric reflux and keeping your brain healthy. What’s not to like? Ginger, like turmeric, supports your liver function to help skin, energy, bright eyes and skin. And it helps reduce nausea. Chilli powder helps thicken the mucous linings of your stomach and intestines. Chilli is used successfully in Ayurvedic medicine to heal stomach ulcers and gastritis! Ceylon/Sri Lankan cinnamon (not “cinnamon” from supermarkets, which is in fact the cheaper cassia) has remarkable health effects. Like ginger, it can help prevent diabetes (or tackle it) but it also reduces “bad” bacteria and yeast (candida) overgrowth in your gut. Most spices have a selective effect on your gut bacteria – helping encourage growth of “good guys” and inhibiting disease-causing ones.
This would be a great drink for someone with a cold or flu as it’s anti-viral and anti-inflammatory.