Turmeric has really been picking up momentum in the United States. Historically it’s been a staple in Indian cuisine and for centuries it’s been widely used in Ayurvedic medicine for a huge variety of conditions. It’s been said to support digestion, enhance immune function and liver function, contain antioxidants, and reduce inflammation. (I absolutely love it in my 20-Minute Healing Turmeric Noodle Soup as well!)
On the topic of sleeping better, I also notice eating an earlier dinner so my body has time to fully digest before bedtime definitely helps promote better sleep. (And not snacking before bed.) It doesn’t always happen, but I strive to finish eating at least 2-3 hours before bedtime, and drink more water during the first half of the day and taper it down the last few hours. This turmeric milk has been the perfect solution, helping both curb my appetite for late-night snacking as well as providing all the sleep-enhancing benefits – win/win!
Quick sidenote: if you’re interested in learning about Ayurveda medicine and lifestyle, I really enjoy these two books:
Traditional Ayurvedic medicine incorporates meat & dairy in the diet, but I adapt the methods and recipes to stay aligned with my plant-based lifestyle. There are many things I’ve put into practice from both of these amazing books and am really enjoying the benefits. Would love to hear if you’ve tried any Ayurvedic methods as well!
Now back to the turmeric milk… this color just makes me SMILE! 💛
Makes 2 servings
Adapted from Nutrition Stripped
2 cups soy milk (or other plant-based milk)
1 tsp. ground turmeric (more as desired)
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
2-3 Tbsp. maple syrup (depending on desired sweetness)
1 tsp. vanilla extract, more to taste
Pinch of black pepper
Optional: 1/4 tsp. ground ginger (or freshly grated), cardamom
In a small saucepan over medium heat, add all ingredients and whisk to combine.
Heat for about 5-6 minutes until milk is hot, whisking occasionally.
Take care not to boil (only warm & lightly simmer until the spices are dissolved).
Carefully pour into a mug and enjoy! Breathe deep, sip slow, be well 🙂
I use plain, unsweetened soy milk, so adjust vanilla and maple syrup to taste if you’re using a sweetened or flavored milk.
The pinch of black pepper is said to aid in the effectiveness of turmeric (not necessary, but helps.) As for absorption, I’ve read when eaten with fats & oils, it helps absorb turmeric in the gut. (Anyone with more info on this, I’d love to hear!)
Turmeric can stain, so pour & use cautiously.