Golden Turmeric Chai Latte
Turmeric has been used in India for thousands of years, both as a spice and in medicine. It is one of the main ingredients in most Indian dishes. It is antioxidant rich, has anti-inflammatory properties and can even help to fight heart disease.
Curcumin is the active ingredient in turmeric which gives it its power. But as curcumin is poorly absorbed into the bloodstream, it helps if you consume with black pepper as this contains piperine.
Piperine is a natural alkaloid that is responsible for the pungency of black pepper and enhances the absorption of curcumin by up to 2000%.
Recent studies now suggest that chronic and low-level inflammation plays a major role in almost every disease in the body. This includes heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s and various other degenerative conditions. Therefore, anything that can help fight against chronic inflammation in the body, could be of huge importance in preventing and even treating these diseases. This Golden Turmeric Chai Latte is easily the tastiest way, to up your turmeric consumption.
Check this fantastic recipe for a super delicious, afternoon pick me up.
- 500ml milk, soy milk or almond milk
- 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- Whole star anise
- Cinnamon stick
- 1 teaspoon ground fennel seeds
- Vanilla pod (Split and scrape out the paste with a knife)
- Twist of black pepper
- Gently toast the dry spices (leave out the vanilla paste for now) in a saucepan over a medium heat to release their aromas.
- Stir in the milk and add the vanilla pod paste.
- Bring to a simmer over medium heat and allow 5 minutes to infuse.
- Strain through a fine sieve into mugs or serving glasses. Serve with a little sprinkle of turmeric on top.
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