Aside from just adding incredible flavor to an otherwise
bland dish, turmeric is a tremendous anti-inflammatory that has been used for
thousands of years to prevent and treat a broad array of health conditions,
from cognitive challenges all the way to cancer.
It is jam packed with health benefits, but is also a
cherished spice that is safe enough to eat every day (as it is in many regions
of India and eastward.)
The simple tonic below is refreshing to sip and a great way
to start healing your body with food.
Turmeric Tonic Recipe
Makes 4 servings
Vegan and Gluten Free
1 cup mixed raw almonds and cashews
4 Tsp. grated fresh turmeric (or 2 Tsp. ground turmeric)
2 Tsp. grated fresh ginger (or 1–2 Tsp. ground ginger)
2 Tbsp. maple syrup
1 Tsp. vanilla extract
4 cups filtered water
¼ Tsp. sea salt
Pinch black pepper
Place the nuts in a bowl, cover with filtered water, and
soak for 12 hours (in the morning or overnight).
• Drain and rinse the nuts, discarding the soaking water.
• Add them to a blender along with the rest of the
ingredients. Blend on high speed until completely smooth.
• Taste and adjust the spiciness and sweetness to your
liking by adding more ginger and/or maple syrup .
• Strain the turmeric milk through a nut milk bag or a piece
of cheesecloth or a fine-mesh sieve, and store in the fridge in a large glass
carafe with a lid/stopper.
• The tonic can keep for a few days in the fridge, if
• Serve either cold or gently warmed up.