I've seen a lot of posts about golden milk on Pinterest and other blogs that I follow so it's always been in the back of my mind. But the other day, someone had posted about it in a fitness Facebook group swearing that this helped with their stomach issues (and that they also don't usually fall for health trends/fads).
That finally gave me the motivation to say "OKAY!" and actually try it. Also, I already had all the ingredients in my apartment–so why not.
My disclaimer for this is that I do not like spicy things. If I feel like I need to eat an entire loaf of bread and drink a gallon of water in order to get rid of the spicy-ness, then it's not worth eating/drinking whatever the spicy thing is.
Well, unfortunately, golden milk is a little spicy. Not like hot sauce spicy, but burn-your-throat-a-little spicy. Because, y'know, turmeric. However, it still tastes okay and if you add enough honey or maple syrup it dulls the burning.
SO, why are people drinking golden milk?
Well, it has anti-inflammatory properties, can boost your immune system, and may be a good digestive aid. Some people have also said it helps with anxiety and is really soothing.
How do you make golden milk?
First of all, there's a lot of recipes that just include turmeric, ginger, milk and some honey. I do not recommend that unless you are 10/10 a fan of turmeric and don't mind drinking something that tastes pretty gross.
If you're a fan of chai lattes and want something a little more enjoyable, follow this recipe:
Make this small spice mixture to store an airtight container:
1 tsp turmeric
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ginger
Heat one cup of milk (I used coconut milk) in a small sauce pan on medium heat until it starts to steam (not boil!), then add in 1 tsp of the spice mixture and stir constantly while heating for another 2 minutes. Don't let it boil!
Once finished, add in 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract and (a decent amount of) honey or maple syrup to taste.
Let me know if you try it!
P.S. People also add golden milk to coffee, so naturally I will be trying that at some point.