The earthy, spicy flavors chai tea are so warming and nourishing during the cool weather months. It’s no coincidence that the main ingredients—cardamom, cinnamon, and honey—all make an appearance in favorite holiday dishes like gingerbread, sugar cookies, and eggnog.
There’s just one downside to that spicy goodness—usually packaged chai latte powders or concentrate are loaded with artificial sweeteners and flavors. Instead, we’ll sip on Moon Juice’s detoxifying Golden Milk. With many of the same ingredients as our favorite chai (plus a few special superfood additions), it’ll make the perfect substitution. And it’s sunny, bright citrine hue will banish any SAD feelings instantly!
We suggest making a whole batch for the entire family to sip on post-Thanksgiving dinner to encourage healthy digestion and help stabilize blood sugar levels after too much pumpkin pie.
Inflammation tamer | Beauty food | Detoxifier
Golden milk is the cult moon milk. Years ago, unaware of its Ayurvedic roots, I naively conjured the idea of an ancient yogic recipe that added turmeric juice and spice into milk. This is a blend that really wants to be on the planet: From its resurrection in the Moon Juice kitchen to now being widely enjoyed by the masses, it is a luminous recipe that is equally healing and pleasurable.
Turmeric root has a thousand and one virtues, including inflammation-soothing properties that are as effective as a painkiller for me. I find it works within about twenty minutes to address joint pain. This nourishing Moon Milk delivers lifetimes of pleasure and a multidimensional taste experience. It speaks to the magic of medicinal traditions that expand beyond time and space, recalling the ancient phenomena of Ayurveda. If you can’t get fresh turmeric, you can substitute ½ teaspoon of ground turmeric but it will have a distinctly different flavor.
12 ounces Almond Milk
¾ pound fresh turmeric, juiced
2 teaspoons raw honey or sweetener of choice
1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
5 whole black peppercorns, or 3 drops of black pepper oil
- Combine all the ingredients in a blender and blend on high until the peppercorns have fully broken down.
- Enriching this golden potion with 1 teaspoon lucuma powder adds to the inflammation-taming benefits of the turmeric, and will help you cut down on the honey content, enhancing the inherent sweetness of the fresh turmeric root juice. Try halving your honey, or use none at all!