Had to pop in to share my new favorite comforting hot beverage, turmeric tea. Have you tried it yet?!
This version is simple to put together and made with ingredients that I almost always have on hand in my pantry.
What is Turmeric?
Turmeric comes from the root of the Curcuma longa plant, a member of the ginger family.
Turmeric contains bioactive curcuminoids (polyphenol phytonutrients) that give it a bright yellow pigment. Curcumin is the most active of these curcuminoids and can commonly found as a dietary supplement.
What are the Health Benefits of Turmeric?
Turmeric may also be beneficial for diabetes – it’s been shown to help lower high blood sugars, promote insulin sensitivity, and protect against many of the damaging side effects of the disease. (5, 6)
[Quick note on supplement bioavailability] Unfortunately, turmeric is not the most bioavailable plant out there – our bodies aren’t able to absorb and use as much of the beneficial curcuminoids as we’d ideally like. If your dietitian suggests a curcumin supplement, look for the label “BCM-95,” which is a special formulation that has been shown to increase bioavailability.
How to Make Turmeric Tea
My version of turmeric tea is simply a blend of hot water, a splash of non-dairy milk, cinnamon, cardamom, and (of course) turmeric. I sometimes add a little maple syrup too, especially when I’m having this after dinner and in the mood for a little extra sweetness.
Enjoy this drink with breakfast or on it’s own at any time of the day. My favorite time to have turmeric tea is after dinner, when I’m ready to relax for the night and cozy up under a blanket with a good book.
- 1 cup filtered water
- ¼ cup unsweetened coconut milk (or milk of choice)
- 1-2 tsp maple syrup (or sweetener of choice, optional)
- 1 tsp turmeric
- ½ tsp cinnamon
- Pinch cardamom
- Add water, milk, and maple syrup to saucepan and bring to a boil.
- Remove from heat and add spices. (Tie spices up in a piece of cheesecloth first if desired.)
- Stir well and top with additional ground cinnamon if desired.
Have you ever tried turmeric tea?
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