We’re a few weeks into the new year, which can mean a couple different things. Maybe you’ve just started a new healthy eating plan, a new exercise regimen, a goal to get more rest and practice mindfulness… Or maybe your New Year’s resolutions were planned out, but not exactly executed yet.
Either way, January is notorious for causing people to get into a “funk.” You know, that don’t-want-to-get-out-of-bed, everything sucks kind of mood. If you wake up feeling down, you’re tired throughout the day, and lack motivation during this time of the year, you aren’t alone.
Instead of marinating in the gloominess of January, it’s important to try and supplement your body with nutritious foods that nourish from the inside out. After all, you do your best when you feel your best, right?
There are tons of ways to naturally fuel your body with nutrient-rich, mood-boosting remedies. But, if popping vitamins left and right isn’t exactly your thing, there’s an effective (and delicious) alternative that fights inflammation and leaves you feeling uh-mazing: Golden Milk.
Golden milk is an inflammation-fighting powerhouse of a drink. It consists of warmed milk of your choice, ginger, turmeric, cinnamon, and some pepper. Also labeled as “liquid gold”, this drink is anti-inflammatory, full of antioxidants, a major mood-booster, and it can help with memory and brain function.
By drinking golden milk regularly, you’ll notice a difference in overall mood and health in just a matter of a few days. The turmeric content will take care of any joint aches, and will lower blood sugar levels. Lower blood sugar levels means less dips in energy, which means a sustained mood all day long, and absolutely zero crashes. Plus, fueling yourself with the superfood power of turmeric will help you with consistent stamina during the day, which in turn leads to better, more restful sleep at night.
Sounds pretty great, right? It is! Plus, with a few ingredient adjustments here and there, you’ll be able to find your own personal golden milk jam in no time. Here we’ve rounded up 3 of our favorite vegan golden milk recipes that are sure to become a part of your daily ritual.
The Top 3 Vegan Golden Milk Recipes to Fight Inflammation
1. Traditional Golden Milk, but Vegan
Vegan golden milk is gaining insane popularity as a great substitution for caffeinated drinks. Golden milk can be made with any milk of your choice, so making vegan golden milk is a breeze! Try using coconut milk as the base for a super creamy drink that balances out the spice of the ginger and turmeric.
- 2 cups unsweetened coconut milk
- 1-2 drops liquid stevia (to taste)
- ½ tsp ground turmeric
- ⅛ tsp cinnamon
- ⅛ tsp ground ginger
- Pinch of nutmeg
- Pinch of black pepper
In a small saucepan, add all of the ingredients together and whisk until combined. Just before the mixture is about to boil, remove from the heat. Pour the golden milk mixture into your favorite mug and enjoy! Top with a little sprinkle of cinnamon for a more chai latte feel.
2. SUTRA’s Take on Vegan Golden Milk (hot or iced)
It doesn't get much easier than this! SUTRA Gold comes already full of all your necessary golden milk ingredients, so making vegan golden milk is as easy as adding a packet of Gold to some hot coconut, soy, or nut milk. Plus, the individual sticks can be tossed in your bag for instant vegan golden milk anytime, anywhere.
- 1 packet of SUTRA Gold
- 8 oz coconut, soy, or nut milk
Heat 8 oz of milk of your choice and add the packet of SUTRA. The hotter the milk, the better the SUTRA will dissolve! Stir until dissolved and sip that golden goodness. To make an iced vegan golden milk latte, dissolve a packet in just enough water to make the powder into a liquid. Once it dissolves, add to 8 oz of cold milk with ice.
3. Creamy Vegan Golden Milk Smoothie
If blended drinks are more your thing, try out this recipe for a creamy vegan golden milk smoothie. This smoothie tastes like a real treat, and adding some protein powder can turn it into a quick and easy breakfast shake.
- 1 cup banana (ripe, sliced, and frozen)
- 1 cup light coconut milk or almond milk (or store-bought. Use full-fat coconut for creamier smoothie)
- 1/2 tsp ground turmeric
- 1 tbsp fresh ginger (to taste)
- 1 dash ground cinnamon
- 1 dash black pepper
- 1 dash ground nutmeg
- 1 dash ground clove and cardamom (optional for more warmth + spice)
- 1/4 cup fresh carrot juice* (optional for color, added sweetness + balances banana flavor)
Whether you’re an avid golden milk drinker already or new to the game, these recipes are so delicious, they’re addicting. Once you get into the habit of drinking golden milk regularly, you’ll feel energized, refreshed, and balanced. Even better, the aroma of the drink itself has a calming, zen effect on the body. So go ahead sip on one of these vegan golden milk recipes, and get ready to look and feel like a million bucks.