I just love sitting down to a cup of warm, spicy chai latté and an engaging book – who wouldn’t?
Then I discovered something even better: a Golden Chai latté (also called yellow chai or golden milk). And now they’re all the rage in trendy inner city cafes boasting all-day breakfasts of smashed avocado on Turkish bread drizzled with pomegranate molasses.
So we’ve got trendy and tasty, and now with the golden turmeric added into the mix, this chai latté packs some impressive healing power too. Turmeric’s main compound curcumin gives this spice its signature yellow hue. It is also the source of excellent healing benefits, including cancer-prevention and weight loss.
Once I did a little more research, I realized that turmeric is the pre-eminent spice of the ayurvedic kitchen and is immersed in the ancient medicinal system of Ayurveda. It has long been used to assist digestion, reduce pain, and combat inflammation. Being highly anti-oxidant, as well as anti-microbial, turmeric does a fantastic job of boosting the immune system.
More than a mere system of treating illness, Ayurveda is a science of life (Ayur = life, Veda = science or knowledge). It offers a body of wisdom designed to help people stay vibrant and healthy while realizing their full human potential.Deepak Chopra, M.D.
Turmeric, together with these other delicious and healing spices, makes the Golden Chai a perfect way to boost your health. Check out why…
Turmeric: anti-inflammatory, supports healthy metabolism and joints, improves heart health, regulates cholesterol levels, balances hormones, helps to manage weight, aids the digestive system.
Cinnamon: blood-sugar balancing, anti-bacterial, promotes circulation
Ginger: anti-inflammatory especially for the gut and respiratory system, aids digestion
Fennel: regulates blood pressure, reduces sinus and lung congestion, assists with digestive upset
Anise Star: anti-oxidant, anti-fungal, improves sleep and digestion
Cardamon: anti-oxidant, soothes the gut, promotes circulation
Cloves: anti-parasitic , soothes the lungs and gut
Here’s my own favorite golden chai recipe, give it a try and tell me what you think…
Golden Turmeric Chai Latte
- 1 cup milk – use your favorite…almond, coconut, cashew
- 1/2 tsp turmeric powder – organic if you can
- 2 slices fresh ginger or 1/4 tsp ginger powder
- 1/2 stick cinnamon
- 2 pods cardamon – lightly pressed with a fork
- 1/2 tsp fennel seeds
- 1 anise star
- 2 cloves
- sweetener – maple syrup/honey/rice malt
- tiny pinch black or cayenne pepper – optional
- 1 tsp tea leaves – black/white/green – optional
- 1/2 tsp coconut oil or organic butter – optional
- Simmer milk and spices for 5 minutes in a small pot.
- Add tea leaves (if you want) and simmer gently for a further 2 to 3 minutes.
- Using a strainer, pour into a mug.
- Add the optional coconut oil or organic butter.
- Sweeten to your taste and sprinkle with a bit of cinnamon if you like.
- Savor your warm, healing chai!