The Turmeric Ginger Latte is a favorite 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, especially for many gut and digestive problems.
Turmeric Ginger Latte benefits
The Turmeric Ginger Latte combines two nutritional giants in one very potent drink that is great for a problematic gut. The two main ingredients turmeric and ginger are unique and have extraordinary health benefits.
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:
- Alleviates many gut problems including gastritis and ulcers
- Used for arthritis, cataracts, liver damage, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s
- Curbs inflammations in the body
- Protects against heavy metal toxicity
- Much, much more
Turmeric is very potent and contains a wide array of healthy compounds. You only need a small piece. [Image courtesy of SOMMAI at FreeDigitalPhotos.net]
- 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 inflammation and cholesterol
- Suppresses H.pylori
- A natural antibiotic
- Controls hunger
- Much more
Organic ginger is best. Grate it with the peel since it contains many healthy compounds.
NOTE: If you have a juicer, try the excellent ginger shot recipes.
How does it taste?
How does the Turmeric Ginger Latte taste? Served hot, it has a strong, warm, sweet, creamy taste with a lovely ginger kick. You can 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 Turmeric 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, be careful with turmeric as it can become too overwhelming. In addition, to increase bioavailability, try adding a few crushed black peppers. Peperine 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, oat or cow’s milk
- Cinnamon (or cardamom) powder for dusting
- A pinch of sea salt
Mix all the ingredients in a blender. Or use a spoon and mix the ingredients in a bowl until it forms a paste. Heat the milk over medium heat (not boil). Pour the hot milk into the blender, add the mixture and whirl until smooth and frothy. You can also use a hand blender or a whisk. Dust cinnamon on top.
2. Spicy Turmeric Ginger Latte
For a spicier taste, try adding the ginger last to preserve the bite. Otherwise, just add it to the saucepan and boil it with the rest. Adding cardamom powder make the Latte 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 until it gets thicker
- Remove from stove
- Add honey or stevia
- (optional) Add ghee at the end
How much can you drink?
Turmeric Ginger Latte recipes are addictive and the potential health benefits many. But more is not always better. 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 used for inflammation and other conditions larger doses of turmeric are often recommended. Consult with your health provider.
Reference Benefits of turmeric