The final weeks of December are the time when thoughts of New Year Resolutions start to pop up.

I’ve never been one to make a New Year resolution because I hate to break a promise. If I did make a New Year resolution, and failed to keep it, I would be failing to keep a promise to myself.

For most, the New Year resolution is geared toward a healthier lifestyle – losing weight, exercising more and eating healthier.

That’s where today’s recipe fits the bill.

One of the healthier trends today is Golden Milk. It is a traditional Indian beverage also known as haldi doodh, the main ingredients being milk and turmeric, but can also include masala spices such as cinnamon, ginger and cardamom. There are health benefits linked to all the ingredients in Golden Milk. Here’s the scoop on some of them:

Turmeric is the spice that makes Indian Yellow Curry and American mustard yellow. It’s derived from the roots of a tropical plant related to ginger, and is native to Southern Asia. There is extensive evidence that curcumin, the essential ingredient in turmeric, can reduce inflammation and support brain and joint health. Turmeric is not well-absorbed unless taken with a bit of black pepper. Black pepper contains a compound called piperine which enhances the absorption and anti-inflammatory effects of turmeric by as much as 2,000 percenty.

Ginger, the root of a flowering plant from China is closely related to turmeric and cardamom. It, too, is a powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, known to relieve symptoms of arthritis, bursitis and other musculoskeletal ailments. Ginger is said to lower blood sugar and improve heart disease risk. It also is known to aid in digestion and stomach upset.

Cinnamon, the dried bark of an Asian evergreen, is thought to have antibacterial and antimicrobial properties and can reduce bloating, gas and discomfort from heartburn. It’s an anti-inflammatory and loaded with powerful antioxidants. It’s said to lower blood sugar and improves key risks factors for heart disease – cholesterol, triglycerides and blood pressure.

So, bottoms up, with a cup of Golden Milk. Here’s to a healthier and happier 2020. Wishing you all the best in the New Year.

Golden Milk

1 teaspoon turmeric

1 teaspoon ginger ground

1 teaspoon True Ceylon cinnamon

2 teaspoons honey or maple syrup granules

Pinch of black pepper

Star Anise, optional garnish

2 cups almond milk or milk of choice

WARM all ingredients in a small saucepan on the stove top.

SERVE warm (112-degrees F or less); any warmer and the healthy enzymes in the almond milk will perish.

GARNISH with star anise (optional).

SIP slowly while still hot. Can be stored in the refrigerator and warmed before drinking.

Yield: 2 Servings

Total Time: 3 minutes

Preparation: 0 minutes

Cook: 3 minutes

Cindy Wright and daughter, Jen Asbury, are co-owners of The Spice and Tea Exchange® of Guilford. Their shop specializes in custom spice blends mixed in-house, teas, salts, sugars, peppers, herbs & spices. They are located at 80 Whitfield St. in Guilford, CT. You can reach them at 203-453-0022 or online at c.wright@spiceandtea.com. Come in and smell the spices!

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