The Turmeric Ginger Latte is a favourite drink for many. And no wonder, it’s absolutely delicious! The main ingredients, turmeric and ginger, are potent cousins working extremely well together. And the list of turmeric’s and ginger’s health benefits seems never-ending. This includes lessening many gut and digestive problems.
Turmeric Ginger Latte benefits
The Turmeric Ginger Latte combines two nutritional giants in a very potent drink—great for anyone with a problematic gut. The two main ingredients are turmeric and ginger. Both are unique and have extraordinary health benefits.
Turmeric has a safe track record of thousands of years in Ayurvedic medicine. GreenMedInfo.com reports over 600 potential health benefits of turmeric; here are a few:
- Lessens gut problems as gastritis, peptic ulcer, gastric cancer caused by H. pylori bacteria
- Helps with arthritis, cataracts, liver damage, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s
- Destroys several cancers, even multidrug-resistant ones
- Curbs all kinds of inflammations in the body
- Protects against heavy metal toxicity
- And much, much more
Ginger benefits are equally impressive:
- Excellent digestive aid, enhances fat digestion and absorption
- Prevents ulcers better than many prescription drugs
- Lessens arthritis and asthma symptoms
- Antiviral, antiseptic, antihistamine
- Protects against chemicals and toxins
- Lowers inflammations, cholesterol
- Inhibits cancer growth
- Suppresses H. pylori
- A natural antibiotics
- Controls hunger
- Much more
If you have a juicer, you should try the excellent ginger shot recipes.
How does the Latte taste? Served hot, the Turmeric Ginger Latte has a strong, warm, sweet, creamy taste with a lovely and irresistible ginger kick. Add cinnamon, mace, vanilla and other spices for a more complex, diverse taste. Use any milk of your choice. Organic oat or almond milk is great.
Fresh ginger has a pleasant, warm, spicy taste that is perfect when feeling cold. Therefore, the Ginger Latte tends to contain more ginger in the winter. Some also feel the Ginger Latte promotes better sleep when consumed in the evening. Fiddle with the ingredients until you find your preferred ratio.
NOTE: Adding more ginger makes a hotter and spicier latte. However, turmeric easily becomes too overwhelming. In addition, turmeric is not very bioavailable, therefore, try adding a few crushed black peppers which greatly increases the bioavailability of turmeric.
1. Basic Turmeric Ginger Latte recipe
- 1 teaspoon fresh, grated turmeric (or 1-2 teaspoons turmeric powder)
- 1 teaspoon grated ginger (leave the peel on organic root)
- 1 tablespoon coconut sugar (or honey, stevia)
- 2-3 teaspoons coconut oil
- 1 cup of almond or oat milk
- Cinnamon (or cardamom) powder for dusting
- Pinch of sea salt
Mix all the ingredients in a blender. Or use a spoon and mix the ingredients in a cup or bowl until it forms a paste. Heat the almond or oat milk over medium heat until simmering. Pour the hot milk into the blender, add the mixture and whirl until smooth and frothy. You can also use a hand blender. Dust cinnamon on top.
2. Spicy Turmeric Ginger Latte
This is a spicier variation of the Turmeric Ginger Latte. I usually add the ginger last for a fresher, spicier taste. But you can also add it to the saucepan and boil it with the rest. Adding cardamom powder make the Latte even more aromatic.
- 1 1/2 cups (3.5 dl) milk (almond, oat or other)
- 1 cup (2.4 dl) coconut milk
- 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon powder
- Small piece grated, fresh ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg powder
- 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
- 2 pitted dates
- In a small saucepan, add all ingredients, except the grated ginger
- Heat slowly until warm, whisk and don’t let it boil
- Transfer the mixture to a mixer, add ginger
- Blend until smooth. (you can also use a hand blender)
- Pour up, dust with cinnamon
3. Spicy Golden Milk
This is a spicy variation of the classic Golden Milk recipe.
- 1-2 teaspoons turmeric powder (or 1-inch fresh root)
- A few white peppercorns
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup coconut milk
- 1-inch piece of ginger
- Raw honey or stevia
- A little ghee (optional)
- Crush fresh turmeric coarsely in a mortar
- Crush a few white peppercorns
- Mix water with coconut milk, add turmeric, pepper, ginger—bring to a boil
- Simmer for 5-10 min; the milk will be reduced thickening the mixture
- Remove from stove
- Add honey or stevia
- Add ghee at the end
How much can you drink?
The Turmeric Ginger Latte recipes are very addictive and the potential health benefits amazing. Some recommend one or two Turmeric Ginger Lattes per day. The drink is quite filling which limits the amount one can drink during a day. However, when treating inflammations, cancer or other conditions larger doses of turmeric are often recommended. Consult with your doctor about this.
Reference: Benefits of turmeric