9 Mar 2018

Creamy Turmeric Latte

Type “turmeric and cancer” into the pubmed search bar, and over 1300 studies appear showing the prolific and potent anti-cancer properties of this gnarly, ginger-similar, bright orange root. Its active component, curcumin, has been repeatedly shown to

  • inhibit certain cellular growth factors found in abundance on cancer cells, thus preventing them from replicating
  • play a role in preventing the attraction of blood vessels to the tumor to ensure its survival (angiogenesis)
  • stimulate a gene (p53) that is responsible for normal cell death (apoptosis)
  • interfere with certain growth-promoting enzymes that cancer cells manipulate to their advantage
  • support the liver’s detoxification channels for cancer-causing compounds

Read up about this cancer tamer in my blog here.

For now, here’s a great way of including the spice in a warming drink to be had on a cozy wintery day when we yearn for that comforting cup of hot chocolate.

Creamy Turmeric Latte
 
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Serves: 2 cups
Ingredients
  • 1 can (13.5 fl oz or 398 ml) full cream coconut milk OR 2 cups coconut milk beverage, unsweetened
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon powder
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger powder
  • Pinch ground cayenne pepper
  • Pinch of ground black pepper (or 1 swirl with pepper mill)
  • 1 teaspoon raw honey (or maple syrup)
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla essence or ¼ teaspoon vanilla bean powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Ghee or Coconut oil (ONLY if NOT using full cream coconut milk from the can)
Instructions
  1. Combine everything in a high-powered blender and whizz away. If you are using full fat coconut milk from a can, the mixture once blended will be thick and creamy. It will liquefy once heated.
  2. Pour mix into a small stainless steel pot and heat gently, do not boil.
  3. Serve immediately sprinkled with a little cinnamon.
  4. Can be stored in refrigerator (it may thicken again), but serve warm.
  5. The richest flavor is achieved with full fat coconut milk and ghee.
  6. You can substitute the coconut milk with almond milk, the flavor will be different though.
 

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