One of my favourite beverages for the winter is a warm spiced golden cacao latte that includes a number of my favourite anti-inflammatory ingredients. Turmeric has a long history of use in India and other countries. It is commonly known for its use as an ingredient in curry dishes, but there is so much more to this amazing spice! Turmeric can be used in the fresh root form, as a powder or taken as a supplement.
Curcumin is the active component of turmeric and is best known for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Some of its benefits include reducing joint pain, removing free radicals that cause cell damage and decreasing the enzyme that causes inflammation. We see similar results when we use this superfood on our skin. Curcumin’s absorption becomes enhanced by 2000% when combined with black pepper. And since curcumin is fat-soluble, absorption also improves when consumed with a source of healthy fat.
Hemp seeds are an excellent source of Omega-3 fatty acids and zinc. Cinnamon contains cinnamaldehyde and cinnamic acid both of which have antioxidant properties that help to inhibit cell damage caused by free radicals. Cacao is high in anti-inflammatory flavonoids and magnesium, which is protective against oxidative stress for many parts of the body, including the immune and musculoskeletal system as well as the heart, brain and skin.
Together the ingredients in this warming winter beverage nourish the body and soul. By choosing warm drinks and cooked food in the winter, you will be supporting your immune function and overall balance in your body.
Spiced Golden Cacao Latte
- 1 cup hemp milk or 2 tbsp hemp seeds blended with 1 cup of water in a high-powered blender for 1 minute
- 2 tsp cacao powder
- 1 tsp ground turmeric
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 pinch fine sea salt
- 1 pinch ground black pepper
- 1/2 tsp manuka honey optional, for sweetness
- Pour the milk into a small saucepan and warm it on low-medium heat.
- Whisk in the remaining ingredients until well blended.
- Pour your latte into your mug of choice and enjoy!