Ginger Turmeric Latte
I have been sipping on this latte for months now. It’s one of my absolute favorite drinks that’s not only nourishing, but it’s surprisingly delicious! It combines turmeric and ginger for an anti-infamatory tea, and is balanced out with soymilk to make a slightly sweet, spicy, and creamy drink. It tastes great when served warm or cold.
Both turmeric and ginger are anti-inflammatory powerhouses that help protect against DNA damage.
Turmeric: is widely used in Indian cuisine and has been researched for its vast health properties. The active ingredient in turmeric, curcumin, may be beneficial for people with the Rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, ulcerative colitis, knee osteoarthritis, and prediabetes. Turmeric may also play a role in cancer prevention by blocking carcinogens and also reprogramming cell death of cancer cells. Adding a pinch of black pepper to dishes or drinks using turmeric helps boost the bioavaibility of curcumin in turmeric, making it easier for your body to get the most benefit from this wonderful spice. For more on the benefits of turmeric, check out the videos on NutritionFacts.org. While turmeric has many health benefits, people who are pregnant or have gallstones or kidney stones may want to moderate their use of turmeric.
Ginger: appears to be beneficially for a number of conditions, especially in regards to pain. Just an 1/8 teaspoon of powdered ginger may work as well as leading drugs used for migraine headaches. Ginger may also help alleviate painful periods for females and may even help reduce the amount of blood lost during menstruation.
For many women, menstruation can be a very painful and dreaded time of the month that can impact overall quality of life. For women that really struggle with painful periods, it may be helpful to try incorporating ginger into your regular routine and then when that time hits, hopefully the pain will subside. Eating a more plant-based diet in general may also help to alleviate pain due to menstruation. I know for myself, this drink (the spices in particular) has done wonders for me– especially when menstruation strikes. I notice less cramping and lighter flows that make the “time of the month” less disabling for me. I try to include ginger as a part of my regular daily routine, even when I don’t have my period. When menstruation strikes, I increase my ginger intake slightly by adding powdered ginger to my smoothies or soups, and sip on ginger tea (either this one here or sometimes a cold brew ginger tea- will have to write up that recipe soon). I know I feel the benefits and I hope they help for you too!
- 2 tablespoons ginger, diced
- 4-6 cups water
- 2-3 cups unsweetened soymilk
- 1 teaspoon turmeric
- pinch of black pepper
- Wash the ginger. Remove the skin and dice into pieces.
- Combine the water and ginger in a sauce pan and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat to low and add in the soy milk. Simmer for 10-15 minutes.
- Whisk in the turmeric and black pepper.
- Pour into coffee mugs and enjoy!
- Store leftovers in a glass container in the fridge. For a stronger ginger taste, leave the ginger pieces in the tea to continue steeping.
- Feel free to swap in other unsweetened plant-based milks of choice, however I find soymilk to be one of the best! If you need the drink sweeter, you can blend in 1-2 pitted dates to add some natural, wholesome sweetness. Enjoy!