As you've probably noticed before, I get really excited when I have a new recipe to share that I am confident you'll love. This latte is absolutely wonderful -- it's the perfect combination of spicy and sweet. And it is jam-packed with incredible healing goodness.
This latte is my current addiction!
I've been drinking it in the morning, but it's lovely as an afternoon snack too! Of course, it requires a little more labour than your typical latte, but if you've got 5 minutes to grate the turmeric and ginger fresh, then you're in for a real treat.
I strongly recommend you use fresh ingredients for both ginger and turmeric when you make this latte as opposed to powder form.
It simply won't be as flavourful or health-promoting if you use powdered root, even if it's organic.
Turmeric and ginger are at the top of the list for their anti-inflammatory action compared to other foods, herbs and spices. In fact, turmeric has over 3,000 studies proving it's effective for a multitude of health concerns from inflammation to cancer so clearly modern medicine recognizes it's value. Turmeric has been used as a healing food in many cultures dating back 4,000 years ago.
Despite popular belief, turmeric does NOT taste like curry. Although curry is delicious, this latte will not taste like curry. Turmeric is only one ingredient in curry. This latte is on the sweet side.
As I was writing this post, I got so excited about all the research I came across on turmeric. I spent hours reading it but I will keep my health benefit summary short and sweet :)
Here are some health benefits of turmeric root:
In animal studies, turmeric has the ability to increase two specific detoxification enzymes and enhance the elimination of toxic and carcinogenic chemicals via the liver. This may be why turmeric has been linked to a reduction in colon cancer.
Turmeric is a good source of vitamin B6 which helps prevent an inflammatory chemical called homocysteine from getting too high. Homocysteine can be damaging to blood vessel walls. Turmeric may also prevent oxidation of cholesterol. Oxidized cholesterol is what causes damage to blood vessels and can lead to heart disease.
There has been considerable research on turmeric's affect on cancer cells. You just have to search PubMed and you'll find hundreds of studies. One that caught my eye was the ability of turmeric to reduce the risk of developing childhood leukemia. If you follow me on snapchat you know that whenever Vienna has scrambled eggs I sprinkle turmeric on them!
As you might already have guessed, I'm a huge fan of "whole foods". I recommend food before supplementation always. However, for many years I was recommending "curcumin" supplements for pain, inflammation, cancer prevention, detoxification and more. More recent research has indicated that curcumin is very poorly absorbed on it's own. This is why I recommend the whole food (eat turmeric) because there are many phytonutrients that aid in the absorption of curcumin and contribute to the wide array of health benefits of turmeric.
An old saying comes to mind, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
Even though the main ingredient was turmeric, I also used a good amount of fresh ginger as well. Turmeric and ginger are in the same family after all.
I use ginger in many recipes, as you probably have noticed. It has many anti-inflammatory benefits. It is wonderful for natural pain reduction, bloating and many digestive problems. You can read more about ginger's health benefits here and get more recipes!
I recommend you make this latte with full fat coconut milk because it will be rich and creamy. If you use coconut milk from a carton, that's fine too just make sure you purchase certified organic. Here's this wonderfully flavourful, healing iced turmeric ginger latte recipe! I adapted this recipe from Bon Appetit.
You can toss the leftover turmeric and ginger into a smoothie the next day.
Alternatively, toss all your ingredients into a blender, blitz and pour over ice.
What are some of your favourite healthy iced drinks to sip on?