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The Invigorating Golden Turmeric Latte That We Cannot Stop Making

It'll put a pep in your step and boost your body with energy, antioxidants, vitamins and all that cholesterol-lowering good stuff – and it is for real delicious. No joke.
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Anyone who knows me well enough will know that I am a below-average cook – and that is being generous. I once tried to make a cake out of a box and failed at it. Batter spewing out of a half-baked cake in the oven and all that. So, with no natural culinary inclinations, much of the food I make requires little to no cooking. Some boiling and steaming, a lot of mixing, blending or just raw food in general. Perfect for that clean eating thing, eh?

Expectedly, smoothies are among my top go-to meals. They’re quick, easy, enjoyable and so good for you when you choose the right ingredients. I play around with green and berry smoothies often, but having spotted golden smoothie after golden smoothie on Instagram, I decided to have a go at it. How hard can it be, right? Even for me, noob as I am with two left hands in the kitchen?

If you’re unfamiliar, golden smoothies – or golden milk lattes – typically refer to turmeric lattes. With a natural golden yellow-orange tone, turmeric has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, cancer-fighting and cholesterol-lowering properties. As it is a spice, it also has a peppery kick in its taste as well.

Since spice is already in the bag, might as well go all out. So, for my golden milk latte, I added another kick – with a dash of fresh ginger. Not only does ginger wake the senses, defuse any morning bloat and clear your sinuses, it too has powerful antioxidants and lowers bad cholesterol levels. Ginger will help if you have an impending cold as well, but I added honey to double that effect. Finally, nut milk to make the actual latte – I like fortified almond or coconut – and a frozen banana for energy, vitamins, minerals and extra creaminess. I’ve made at least a cup per week since I started. Deeeelish.

 

INGREDIENTS

1 frozen banana, peeled
1 1/2 cup nut milk of your choice
1/2 teaspoon of ginger
1 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
1 teaspoon honey
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
Ground cinnamon to taste, optional

 

THE METHOD

1. To peel the frozen banana, let it defrost for five minutes. Slice the banana at the middle, then slide your knife down the length of the peel and flip the peel away from the banana flesh. The peel should come off easily.
2. Add all the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. The blending should also create frothy foam.
3. Pour the golden latte into a cup and top with a dash of turmeric and/or cinnamon powder according to your preference. Enjoy!

 

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