I’m having a passionate love affair with turmeric! Its earthy flavor, vivid deep golden orange color, versatility and amazing health benefits keep me coming back for more! Today I’m sharing one of my go-to recipes for yummy blood orange cherry turmeric milk.
Turmeric milk also know as golden milk is a traditional Ayurvedic recipe that has a long history of use as a nutrient-rich warm drink used for digestive health, colds, sore throats and restful sleep. Most golden milk or turmeric milk recipes use cow’s milk, turmeric and black pepper. If you’ve never heard of turmeric let me tell you all about it!
Turmeric is a rhizome and spice that has been eaten by many different cultures for thousands of years. Turmeric is a staple in Ayurvedic medicine and has been used and studied extensively for digestive health, liver health, arthritis pain, chronic inflammation, diabetes, wound healing and protection against cancer. To learn more about turmeric visit PubMed to see all the thousand of articles about its health benefits.
Turmeric is a rich source of nutrients including antioxidants, phytonutrients, vitamins, and minerals. Turmeric is renowned for its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties making it a powerful spice.
I personally love using fresh and ground turmeric on a daily basis. I add it into smoothies, soups, salad dressing, homemade mayonnaise, curries, bone broth, quinoa, elixirs, tonics, honey, milk and desserts. Here’s some of my favorite recipes using turmeric: creamy broccoli turmeric soup, superfoods spicy hot chocolate, anti-aging pineapple banana green smoothie, pain relief & inflammation fighting pineapple cherry turmeric smoothie and cold & flu fighting apple green tea turmeric tonic.
My blood orange cherry turmeric milk recipe is a wonderful drink that you can make for a nice snack or bedtime tonic. This recipe has coconut milk, blood orange juice, pitted dark cherries, tart cherry juice, ginger, cinnamon, vanilla, black pepper and raw unfiltered honey.
The cherries, tart cherry juice and blood orange juice add sweet and juicy fruit flavor that tempers the earthiness of the turmeric and makes the turmeric milk so delicious! The ginger and black pepper add a touch of spice which warms your insides. Black pepper is also great for enhancing the absorption of curcumin which is the active ingredient in turmeric that provides its fantastic health benefits.
All of the ingredients in my milk tonic supercharge it with extra antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties making it a superb drink to enjoy on a regular basis for fighting chronic inflammation and maintaining vibrant health.
I hope you make my blood orange cherry turmeric milk soon so you can reap the benefits of this wonderful drink!
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Blood Orange Cherry Turmeric Milk
Paleo, Vegetarian, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free
Makes 2 servings
2 cups homemade coconut milk or organic regular or light coconut milk (I used this brand)
1 tablespoon fresh grated turmeric or 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
2 teaspoons fresh grated ginger
10 pitted dark cherries
⅛ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper or 2-3 black peppercorns
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon Ceylon cinnamon (I used this brand)
2 tablespoon raw honey
Juice from one 1 medium blood orange
2 tablespoons organic tart cherry juice concentrate (my favorite brand)
1. Place all ingredients except raw honey, blood orange juice and tart cherry juice into a small saucepan and heat over medium heat for 20 minutes to allow flavors to meld together. Do not boil the milk.
2. After 20 minutes, add in the raw honey, blood orange juice and tart cherry juice and place the hot turmeric milk into a blender or use an immersion stick to blend the milk until smooth. Pour into two mugs and enjoy immediately!