This drink is going to seem a little strange to many of you – “you want me to drink a whole teaspoon of turmeric??” But it actually tastes wonderful. It’s very warming, filling, and may very well be good for your health. Turmeric is known to be an anti-inflammatory agent, have loads of anti-oxidants, improves liver function and lowers cholesterol. Cinnamon is also anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, improves memory function and regulates blood sugar. A single teaspoon of both turmeric and cinnamon each have 5% of the recommended daily value for iron! Add in the contribution from the hemp milk and you’re getting 15% of your iron in one cup of this drink, for those of you keeping track. I have a strong personal preference for Ceylon cinnamon (aka “true” cinnamon), rather than the Cassia that is always what you’re getting when you buy something labeled “cinnamon” without specifying “Ceylon.” If you can’t tell by the label which one you’ve got, then you’ve got Cassia. Ceylon cinnamon has a milder, sweeter, more delicate flavor than Cassia. But if you can’t find Ceylon cinnamon, or are totally content with the Cassia you have (a valid life choice), I would reduce the amount called for in this recipe.
1/2 C water
1 tsp ground turmeric
1 tsp ground Ceylon cinnamon (or 1/2 tsp Cassia cinnamon)
3/4 C vanilla hemp milk
1 tsp almond oil
1. Bring water to a simmer is a small sauce pan. Whisk in the turmeric and cinnamon. Simmer for 3 minutes.
2. Whisk in the hemp milk and almond oil. Reduce heat to low. As soon as it begins to simmer, remove from heat and serve.