Golden Mylk is one of my favorite warm drinks to make; especially when the seasons change and cold weather starts to roll in. Golden Mylk is a highly anti-inflammatory, immune system boosting and digestive healing drink that is soothing and beneficial for you in SO many ways! Lets take a dive:
One of the main ingredients in my golden mylk is turmeric.
Turmeric: is a spice native to India that has been used as a natural remedy since ancient times. Curcumin is the active component in turmeric and is a powerful anti-inflammatory agent as well as an antioxidant.
Curcumin is poorly absorbed into the bloodstream alone, but with the addition of black pepper, which contains the natural compound piperine,the absorption of curcumin is enhanced. You can hardly taste the pepper, all you need is a dash! Turmeric is fat soluble, so taking it with coconut oil (which I’ll touch on here in a minute) helps the absorption process as well.
AND a bonus from this wonderful spice is that it’s a very rich antioxidant.
Oxidative damage from free radicals is the process that causes premature aging – you know…the wrinkles, cracks and crinkles! (F%#* You free radicals!) Lucky for us, curcumin is a potent antioxidant and can neutralize these free radicals, promoting beautiful skin and preventing premature aging.
So the turmeric take-home would be: it’s a great addition to your nutrition for steering clear of inflammation which seems to be the culprit of most all diseases and disorders in our Western culture. It’s a wonderful source of antioxidants and helps make you even more beautiful and beaming! I’m all for doing anything you can to fight chronic inflammation as it’s important in avoiding disease and keeps you happy and healthy!
Coconut oil provides this drink with a source of healthy fats – medium chain triglycerides specifically, which are metabolized differently than other dietary fats. They bypasses the digestion phase and go straight to your liver; being available almost immediately as a quick source of energy! Coconut oil has been proven to increase the body’s fat burning potential by increasing the amount of actual calories that you burn in a day. And last but not least, coconut is an effective antimicrobial because of it’s lauric acid content it can kill harmful bacteria and pathogens. There’s so many other reasons I love to incorporate coconut into my diet but I’ll save that for a different post!
Next, we have Ginger which is one of my favorite herbs and I have it in some form everyday whether it’s in tea, Mylk or fresh thrown into a stirfry or soup. It’s great for anti inflammatory like our buddy turmeric, but it’s also so helpful for our digestive system. Ginger relaxes the digestive tract which helps in stimulating gastric juice and helping the digestion process go more smoothly after meals. It’s great for de-bloating and is a really tummy pleaser! Who doesn’t want a happy belly?
The Cinnamon gives this drink a touch of sweetness, warmth and helps keep blood sugar levels balanced. I think I add cinnamon to almost everything I eat besides a few dinners. It’s a great spice with wonderful benefits and I just love the taste!
This drink really knocks on the “Food is Medicine door”. It’s healing, healthy, super simple, satisfying and requires few ingredients.
I’m a big “routine” person and creature of habit, as you may know! That being said, something I do on the reg. is have a warm drink in the evening… aka: my “cuppa” whether it’s a cuppa tea, cuppa golden mylk, or cuppa hot coco, I find it very soothing and warming to my soul! Peppermint and ginger tea are great for digestion after larger meals, hot coco is oh-so-delicious when sitting around a bonfire and this golden mylk is so healing and nice to sip on in the colder months. Not to mention, I think we can all use an excuse for extra hydration! Try adding tea or a hot cuppa into your nightly routine and see how you like it. There’s something about a good book + bed + one of the beverages above that just sets the mood for a good night’s rest.
On a side note, how beautiful is the color! It looks like chalk paint. It seems like every time I make it, it comes out a different hue.
I hope you enjoy it, show me your creations by tagging #NourishingNelli on Instagram or Facebook. I’d love to see the color you guys come out with! I’m off to boil a pot now, Holiday Cheers to you all!
- 2 cups of nut milk of choice (I recommend almond or coconut)
- 2 tsp coconut oil
- 1 tsp honey
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1/2 tsp turmeric
- 1/2 tsp ginger
- dash of sea salt
- dash of black pepper
- Bring all ingredients to a simmer on the stove for about 3 minutes
- Remove the cinnamon stick and serve hot.
If you like this recipe and want to enjoy it on a warm day; you can make it into a Golden Mylk Iced Latee by taking the original Golden Mylk Recipe and adding 1/2 cup ice + 1 tsp vanilla extract + 2 tbsp coffee.