I started seeing a chiropractor during my pregnancy to take care of a sticky SI joint, but the real trouble began about four months postpartum. By that time the relaxin had left my body, I was no longer operating on adrenaline alone and months of walking a stubborn baby to sleep had taken a toll. And if I’m being totally honest my diet had been based predominantly on chocolate chips. That SI joint wasn’t just sticky, it was stuck and causing me a lot of pain.
I knew I had to get serious about healing when I showed up to an appointment only to find out the chiropractor couldn’t even treat me because my back was too inflamed. I had spent months taking one step forward only to take two steps back and vowed then to start actually doing my daily exercises, purchased a proper pair of walking shoes and work on getting that inflammation under control by focusing on adding anti-inflammatory foods into my diet. Within three days of enjoying a daily turmeric latte (and going cold turkey on the chocolate chips) the inflammation in my back had almost disappeared completely.
Turmeric is an anti-inflammatory rockstar with 4,000 years of experience treating a wide variety of ailments. It contains a compound called curcumin which is a proven anti-inflammatory, anti-viral and anti-cancer. Most importantly it’s delicious, often used as the base of curry powders and lending food that incredible golden colour.
Considering it’s track record it’s no surprise turmeric is having a moment. Here is my recipe for ginger turmeric latte plus five more delicious ways to enjoy this super powered spice:
- Superfood Scramble from me
- Golden Milk Ice Cream from Minimalist Baker
- Mango Turmeric Smoothie from Live Simply
- Turmeric Breakfast Muffins from Green Kitchen Stories
- Chocolate Chip Cashew Butter Cookies with Turmeric from Will Frolic for Food
Ginger Turmeric Latte
If you don’t have a blender you can whisk ingredients into the milk in a sauce pan over low heat.
1 cup milk (I used cashew milk)
1 tsp turmeric powder (or use fresh)
1 inch of fresh ginger, peeled and grated
1 tbsp coconut oil
1 tsp coconut sugar or maple syrup (optional)
Pinch of Celtic Sea salt
Gently warm milk in a small saucepan over medium heat. Transfer to a high-power blender with, add remaining ingredients and blend until frothy.