I was researching anti-inflammatory foods, and came across a lot of websites that talked about Golden Milk, or Turmeric Milk. I use turmeric as a spice and often put it on chicken or pork, and use it in soups all the time. In case you've never heard of it, turmeric is the spice in curry that gives it the orange-yellow color. I would never have thought about making a beverage with it!
My basic recipe is:
1 cup of milk (I use 1% cows milk)
1/8 teaspoon of dried ground turmeric
a few grinds of black pepper
I put this in a mug and heat in the microwave about 2-1/2 minutes, until it is warm, but doesn't boil. Then I add in a teaspoon of honey.
It has a very interesting taste! It seems strange at first, but it really grows on you. I try to drink a mug every day, and I find myself looking forward to it. It's a pretty, light yellow color, and the spices and the honey and the milk combine to make a somewhat "exotic" and comforting beverage. It just tastes like it should be good for you!
From what I've read, the black pepper helps the absorption of the turmeric. You can add more or less turmeric to suit your taste, but 1/8 teaspoon seems right for me. In addition to the honey, you could add some vanilla, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, or even coconut oil, to experiment with some different flavors. Some use different types of milk, like almond or soy milk. Some websites explain how to make a paste that you can store and use when you want it, but I think it's easy enough to just add things to the mug directly. Most of the websites cook this on the stove, but I think the microwave makes it easy.
Turmeric is a well-known anti-inflammatory. Some websites say it helps with digestion, headaches, arthritis, colds, and sleep. I'm not making any claims, but I'm trying it as part of my anti-inflammatory diet approach. I have found that it's a nice pick-me-up in the afternoon (and without caffeine), and is also calming if I drink it before bed.
I should add that, per some on-line websites, people on blood thinners or who have gallbladder problems or gallstones may want to avoid turmeric (you know the disclaimer...ask your doctor!).
If anyone tries this, let me know if you like it and if you think it helps with any physical problems. I think it has been helping me with hunger and cravings. Thanks for reading!