Pumpkin Golden Milk

This creamy rich Golden Milk is my favorite. Turmeric stimulates blood circulation. It is a powerful anti-inflammatory superfood that destroys many types of cancer cells. Essentially turmeric helps to heal and nourish the organs to keep the body systems functioning properly.

But before you start sprinkling turmeric on everything, please know that curcumin (its major active compound) is poorly absorbed in the body. To boost curcumin absorption, always eat tumermic with black pepper. Add some fat: Turmeric is fat-soluble. Heat it to increase the solubility of curcumin. Eat turmeric with quercetin-rich foods, which inhibits an enzyme that inactivates curcumin. Foods rich in isoquercitrin include leafy vegetables, broccoli, red onions, peppers, apples, grapes, black tea, green tea, elderberry juice concentrate, juniper berries, carob flour, bee pollen, cocoa powder, chia seeds, moringa, and some fruit juices. Click here for a list of foods highest in quercetin.

Pumpkin is especially rich in Vitamin A. It’s a high anti-oxidant packed with vitamins to boost the immune system. Pumpkin contains carotenoids Lutein and Zeaxanthin which are vital for eyesight. It is nutrient dense and relatively low in carbs. Serves one.

Pumpkin Golden Milk

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup full-fat unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 cup black or green tea (these are high in quercetin, which helps boost curcumin absorption)
  • 1/3 cup cooked pumpkin pulp (about 85 grams)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon ground turmeric, depending on how strong you like it.
  • 1/4 teaspoon or more ground black pepper
  • Dash of optional spices: pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, cardamom, and/or ginger
  • Optional sweetener to taste such as 1 tablespoon Just Like Sugar Brown natural chicory root sweetener, or 1/2 teaspoon PureLo Lo Han Sweetener by Swanson, or 2 teaspoons raw honey, or your favorite sweetener.

Instructions

  1. In a small saucepan over medium heat add all the ingredients.
  2. Heat until steamy but not boiling.
  3. Blend with an immersion blender until smooth. (If you don’t have an immersion blender, no worries. Place all the ingredients into any blender before heating. Blend until smooth. Then pour into a saucepan and heat until steamy but not boiling.)
  4. Pour into a 16-oz cup. Enjoy!