What gives these turmeric beverages a huge boost of benefits, not to mention a vivid golden color, is incorporating the fresh or ground root. Here’s a selection of easy turmeric beverages to explore, including teas, golden milk variations, lattes, and bracing cold drinks.
Turmeric is a proven anti-inflammatory, and, due to compounds called curcuminoids, it has many other known benefits. It also gives beverages, hot and cold, a unique flavor twist.
On Medical News Today, Megan Ware, R.D.N, L.D., states: “Curcumin is the active ingredient in turmeric, and it has powerful biological properties. Ayurvedic medicine, a traditional Indian system of treatment, recommends turmeric for a variety of health conditions. These include chronic pain and inflammation. Western medicine has begun to study turmeric as a pain reliever and healing agent.”
More about turmeric’s benefits:
- 10 Evidence-Based Health Benefits of Turmeric (Healthline)
- Potential Therapeutic Effects of Curcumin (NIH)
Buying fresh turmeric: Turmeric’s cousin, fresh ginger, is easy to find in supermarket produce sections. Fresh turmeric is a bit trickier to come by. Once in a while, I’ll see it at my local natural foods store, so check that source as well in your community. Otherwise, Melissa’s Produce offers fresh turmeric, and you can explore other online sources as well.
And now, on to the beverages. Thanks to the talented bloggers who contributed photos and links to their recipes.
Fresh Ginger and Turmeric Tea with Lemon and ACV: The classic fresh ginger and turmeric tea is bolstered by fresh lemon, and apple cider vinegar to make a bracing tonic. This is good served hot or cold.
Ginger Turmeric Yoga Tea: Alexandra of Occasionally Eggs points out that spicy yoga teas like this one has its roots in ayurveda. This classic preparation is packed with good stuff like ginger, turmeric, and plenty of cardamom and peppercorns. Vegans can swap in a different sweetener in place of the raw honey suggested.
Golden Milk with Fresh Turmeric: From This Healthy Table, a recipe for dairy-free golden milk that’s an antioxidant powerhouse made with fresh turmeric, ginger, and cinnamon.
Golden Milk Turmeric Latte: From Profusion Curry, this lovely elixir using ground turmeric gets done in just 10 minutes. Enjoy it warm or cold. Perfect for morning pick me up or relaxing bedtime drink.
Golden Turmeric Latte: From Keeping the Peas, another take on a golden turmeric latte. Single serving 4 ingredients. Subtly sweet, a hint of spice and a frothy foam make this vegan turmeric latte the perfect drink to warm up with.
Tropical Pineapple Turmeric Cooler: From Justine Celina, here’s a blend of sweet pineapple, powerhouse carrot, hydrating watermelon, spicy ginger and healing turmeric, rounded out with a bright splash of lemon. The invigorating ingredient deck might just give you tons of energy to fuel your morning and aid in digestion.
Banana Smoothie with Cashew Butter: From xoxoBella, this smoothie is rich, tasty and filling, with a hint of turmeric. It’s really easy to make, since all you need to do is throw the ingredients in a blender.