~ Shared with love by Sara Stevens
Turmeric, called the golden spice, is considered an auspicious medicine in India, revered in ceremony and ritual for centuries. This plant medicine comes from the root of the Curcuma longa plant, and has been used in both Ayurvedic and Traditional Chinese Medicine due to its vast and long-lasting benefits. It is the curcumin, the main element within turmeric, that is said to boost the immune system, prevent a range of diseases, improve liver function, and support the body through seasonal changes.
This delicious and soothing turmeric milk is a staple in my house and I make sure to make it once a week. The recipe yields a one liter jar and you can drink it either as a smoothie or I like to strain out the pulp for a smoother consistency through a nut milk bag which you can find online or at your local health food store. I've been making my own nut milks for the past year now and this recipe is my most fave.
The combination of soothing ginger, healing turmeric and protein, vitamin and mineral packed nuts is an amazing daily boost for your body. Both ginger and turmeric have been used as healing herbs throughout history and are known through Ayurvedic medicine to help stimulate and strengthen the immune system. They have powerful anti-inflammatory properties and help cleanse the body of toxins while also stimulating digestion and aiding in the absorption and assimilation of nutrients. Not only do I love the vibrant color and the sweet softness of this delicious milk but I love knowing that it is nourishing my body as well.
Turmeric Gold Nut Milk
- 1/2 cup raw almonds
- 1/2 cup raw cashews
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 3 tsp ground turmeric or about 2 tsp grated fresh turmeric root if you can find it
- 1 tsp fresh grated ginger root
- 1 peeled navel orange
- 1-2 Tbsp. of honey depending on the sweetness you prefer
- 4 cups water
- Pinch of salt
- Soak the almonds and cashews in water for 6-8 hours (ideally overnight) so they become soft enough to blend
- Strain the nuts and then add to the blender with remaining ingredients and blend until all the nuts are broken down (about 30 seconds)
- Pour mixture through nut milk bag and strain or skip this step and enjoy as a smoothie
This milk is also AMAZING as a warm drink, all you have to do is just heat it up in a pot or pan!