Ginger-turmeric milk: a healthy bedtime treat

I’ve been working out a lot and generally feeling a bit achy and tired, so I was super excited when I discovered a healthy recipe for spicy turmeric coconut milk as an inflammation-reducing and warming treat before bed. It was easy and quick to make, and full of the good stuff: turmeric, cinnamon, fresh ginger, and coconut milk.

Turmeric is said to help improve liver function and blood circulation, as well as heal and soothe digestion – it’s a super-spice by pretty much everyone’s standards.  Ginger is also good for your digestion and has anti-inflammatory properties, while cinnamon is loaded with antioxidants, is anti-inflammatory, and lowers blood sugar levels. Coconut milk is full of healthy fats and has a rich, creamy consistency that makes this drink extra delish, although you could use any milk as a substitute.

ingredients

Now, I didn’t add much honey, and my drink was barely sweet- due to the turmeric, ginger, and thick coconut milk it had the consistency of a butternut squash soup, but less vegetal-tasting. Next time around I’d definitely sweeten it more. Still, it was spicy, warm, and so comforting, and it was the perfect before-bed treat. Try it yourself and let me know what you think!

You’ll need:

  • One can coconut milk
  • One smallish piece of fresh ginger, peeled and sliced
  • A couple tablespoons of honey, to taste
  • A pinch of black pepper
  • Cinnamon, clove, cardamom (to taste, but I think the more the better with this stuff)
  • One teaspoon or so of turmeric

To make:

  • Combine all ingredients except honey in a pan and mix
  • Heat on medium until it starts to bubble
  • Turn down to simmer and stir for about five minutes to let the ingredients mix well
  • Strain out ginger
  • Add honey to taste, stir and serve!

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