The spice turmeric is well known for its anti-inflammatory properties. It is commonly found in curries and is distinctly yellow in colour.
Although the active component of tumeric, curcumin is only 3%, any opportunity to add this beneficial nutrient to your body should be encouraged. A touch of black pepper and the healthy fats from the coconut oil are meant to aid absorption of the curcumin.
Ginger further adds to the inflammation fighting properties of this drink. But it is optional as it does have a strong taste.
I'm a fan of Pure Harvest organic almond milk because it is simply almonds, water, brown rice, sea salt and almond essence. But any non dairy alternative can work. Or make your own almond milk. This link shows how easy it is to do.
Sweetened with raw honey and spiced with cinnamon, this warming tonic is a delicious alternative to tea or coffee.
Feel free to play around with the quantities to suit your taste. But here is the recipe that works well for me.
1 cup organic unsweetened almond milk or non-dairy alternative (except soy)
1 teaspoon ground organic turmeric (I use Ceres organics) or grated fresh turmeric
2 teaspoons of virgin coconut oil
1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon (optional)
1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon of grated fresh ginger or ground ginger (optional)
1-2 teaspoons of raw honey (to taste)
pinch of black pepper
Heat the milk gently in a sauce pan and then whisk in the other ingredients.
This is even better, if you have a frothing machine. Add the ingredients to a mug while the machine froths and heats up the milk. Pour the milk over the ingredients and stir until the oil and honey melts. Add the froth to the top and gently combine. Add an optional sprinkling of cinnamon on top.