All my friends know that I love to start my day with a caffeinated cup of fat, usually in the form of a bulletproof coffee. My single cup tips the scale at about 200 calories per 16 ounce serving.
I recognize that not everyone likes coffee, and not everyone can grasp the concept of blending butter into coffee, so what is another high-fat alternative beverage to warm your bones?
Enter – Creamy Turmeric Tea. It’s not really Tea in the traditional sense, it is a blend of ginger and spices stirred into hot coconut milk.
I discovered it while searching for natural remedies for inflammation. While I was doing my online homework, I discovered that Turmeric, the bright yellow spice that is at the heart of most curries, is a wholesome addition to one’s diet.
I had been introduced to it during my first inflammatory diet that Dr. Garcia had put me on last summer. One of the supplements that Dr. G had recommended was Turmero Active, which was very helpful in calming down my gut inflammation.
Finding ways to introduce turmeric into my diet is a cheaper and simpler solution than buying supplements. Though I do not have any objection to most forms of supplementation, my first preference is to get my nutrients naturally through real food.
Now back to my beverage. Heat up a cup of Coconut Milk in a pan on the stovetop. In a mug, add one-half teaspoon of Turmeric, one-eighth teaspoon of Cayenne Pepper, and chop about one-half teaspoon of fresh peeled ginger. These measurements are a starting point, I am experimenting with ever increasing amounts of Cayenne.
Pour a little of the hot milk in the cup and stir briskly with a whisk to dissolve the spices. Then top it off with the rest of the milk, stir and drink.
I love it in the evening, it’s warm and comforting. The healthy fat content of the coconut milk satiates hunger, and it contains no caffeine to disrupt your sleep.
Note: Most commercially available coconut milks contain guar gum, and many are packaged in BPA-lined cans. An easy solution is to use Let’s Do Organic creamed coconut and mix with water to make your own milk.