With cold and flu season knocking at our back door, supplement companies are ramping up their marketing campaigns to flood the internet with biased information on what you should shove down your gullet to keep the sniffels away. Now I love my supplements as much as the next guy, but the idea of having to take a daily lemon-pledge-flavored shot of vita-chemicals to fight off illness makes me and my wallet both feel uneasy.
Enter Gold Milk:
I first noticed gold milk on my facebook feed. A colleague had posted an article on tumeric and the ridiculous amount of benefits that this spice has and there was a list of ways to add it to your diet without doing a yellow version of the cinnamon challenge.
I will be the first to admit that I spend the least amount of time possible on prepping my food. veggies, meat, fruit, done. I keep things as quick and easy as possible due to the fact that I'm out of the house 12 hours a day during the week. So most of my food prep is on the weekends and anything I make during the week usually doesn't surpass the complexity of a protein shake or PB&J. For this reason alone, most of the list seemed too fancy and too easy for me to screw up. Then I read, "gold milk" and my curiosity was peaked.
Since then, I've been drinking it every night and it adds a nice relaxing way to end the day. The flavor is almost similar to a chai tea, but it has the added benefits of freaking you roomates out as you sip on what appears to be raw eggs... They think I'm on a Rocky kick. The recipe is pretty easy, admittedly, the hardest part is getting the yellow stain of off whatever the tumeric comes into contact with. My spatula still looks like it was used to assault the yellow teletubby.
The recipe is super simple and is a two part process of making the paste then the the milk. I actually added a couple of ingredients to give it some healthy fats and more flavor. You'll see those as optional.
1/4 C Tumeric
1 tsp Cinnamon(optional)
1 tsp coconut oil (optional)
1/2 C Water
1 C Fat Free or Almond Milk
A bit of honey
How to Make the Paste:
Step 1: In a small sauce pan, mix and heat the tumeric, cinnamon, water and coconut oil.
Step 2: Heat and continually stir the ingredients for about 7 minutes, until it becomes paste-like. If it seems too dry, feel free to add water as needed.
Step 3: Put the paste in a small storage container and refrigerate for when you want to make your single servings of golden milk. (I recommend a dark container that will not pick up the yellow stain.)
How to Make the Gold Milk:
Step 1: Nuke a cup of milk in a microwavable safe mug for 1-2 minutes.
Step 2: Add 3/4-1 tsp of the paste.
Step 3: Add honey for desired level of sweetness
Step 4: Drink and enjoy your yellow milk mustache.