Flu-proof Your Winter

by | Jan, 2017

Alright… in response to a massive number of requests, and with coughs and colds from the depths of hell on the loose throughout London this week, this seems like the perfect time to finally send you one powerful secret weapon for staying healthy and happy through the winter.

Turmeric lattes are everywhere these days, and as you may have heard, I’m right there on the bandwagon. Turmeric is part of the ginger family, and its main active ingredient is curcumin which, among other things, has a powerful anti-inflammatory effect and is a very strong antioxident. I’ve been messing around with this knobbly root for a good few years in one form or another, so I hope I can save you some time and very messy effort.

I used to seek out fresh turmeric root and there were some messy messy moments. In case you haven’t encountered it before, as well as being a major immune-booster, you’ll find it stains everything an unholy shade of fleuro-yellow/orange and just doesn’t come off. On more than one occasion I’ve sloped into yoga classes or bodywork appointments hoping would notice my tango-hands.

Even once I introduced plastic gloves to the equation, it turned out that this recipe was not going to be a sustainable habit. It’s incredibly yummy and potent, but it felt like a lot of work. I keep it in my back pocket now for emergencies only.

“Take care of your body. It’s the only
place you have to live.”  Jim Rohn

One scratchy-throat day last autumn, while knocking back ginger and lemon like it was going out of fashion, I discovered Kamil’s Trikatu Latte, at the Nectar cafe at triyoga Camden.

This remains the absolute best turmeric latte I’ve found anywhere, but, since it’s a solid hour’s travel away, I had to find a recipe.

So, here it is… made from dried ingredients, so your hands stay hand-coloured, doesn’t take long, and can be made in a batch that will last all week. This is now an absolute staple in my house, and I’m willing to bet it will become the same for a few of you.

STEP ONE: The Golden Paste

I usually make this in a batch and keep it in a glass jar in the fridge. It gives me a little over a week’s worth of daily delicious turmeric lattes.

1/4 cup turmeric powder (high quality, organic if you can)

1 tablespoon dried ginger

1 teaspoon ground black pepper

1 1/2 cups water

Add all the ingredients to a pan. Bring to a boil, then simmer on a low heat until it becomes, well, paste-y. This can take about 15-20 minutes, so if you’re anything like me you may like to bring something to do. Allow to cool.

STEP TWO: The Latte

Once you have a little jar of golden goodness in your fridge it’s just a quick task to whip up an immune boosting latte whenever you fancy one.

1 tsp golden paste

1 1/2 cups almond milk (oat milk, or coconut mile are also very good)

1/4 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp maple syrup

Warm the milk gently and add the other ingredients. Stir until the paste has dissolved.If you’d like a thicker, creamier drink, simmer it all quietly for a few minutes.

Drink and enjoy!

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