Golden Milk to End Your Peaceful Summer Evenings!
The adaptogenic almond milk gets an anti-inflammatory upgrade with this golden milk recipe. Golden milk is a traditional Indian beverage, served warm in the evenings. It is a nice addition to an evening “wind down” ritual, and gives a boost of pain-fighting anti-inflammatory compounds and is warming to the constitution. The pepper contains piperine, a compound shown to increase the systemic absorption of turmeric’s active anti-inflammatory ingredient, curcumin. Ancient wisdom for modern healing!
2 C adaptogenic almond milk (recipe below), or coconut milk
¼ inch grated ginger root
½ inch grated turmeric root
1 pinch of pepper, or 3 whole peppercorns
Add all ingredients to a saucepan and stir. Bring to a boil and then simmer for 10 minutes.
ADAPTOGENIC ALMOND MILK
Almond milk is delicious, nutritious, and easy to make at home. Commercially made nut milks often have fillers and thickeners such as carrageenan (which is associated with colon cancer), and gums. Making it at home avoids these chemicals and allows for a variety of customization of flavors and herbs. I love the addition of ashwaghanda for an extra boost of adaptogenic calm.
1 C raw almonds, soaked in water for 8 hours
2 C water
1 tsp. cinnamon
½ tsp. cardamom
Pinch of nutmeg
Optional: 1 T ashwaghanda powder
Combine all ingredients in a blender.Blend until smooth.Strain using a cheesecloth or nut milk bag.