For a not-so-basic latte, try your hand at making a Turmeric Latte. Start with unsweetened coconut milk (the kind in a carton—not a can), lightly warmed, and then blend in Vega Sport Performance Protein, turmeric, ginger and cinnamon. To reap even more of the anti-inflammatory benefits of turmeric1, add in a dash of black pepper. Black pepper increases the bioavailability of the antioxidant curcumin in turmeric2—so you’ll get more benefit from this bright orange spice.
Note: if you don’t have a high speed blender, you may prefer the texture of using ground spices instead of fresh spices.
Total time: 15 minutes
- 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
- 1 serving Vega Sport Performance Protein Vanilla
- 1 inch fresh turmeric (1 Tbsp ground turmeric)
- 1 inch fresh ginger (1 Tbsp ground ginger)
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ¼ tsp vanilla (extract or powder)
- Optional: ¼ tsp black pepper
- Optional: 1 Tbsp sweetener of choice
- Gently warm coconut milk in saucepan. Remove from heat before boiling.
- In a high-speed blender, place all other ingredients.
- Pour warm coconut milk into blender, sealing lid tightly and covering with a dishcloth (in case it splatters).
- Blend for 2 minutes.
- Serve while still hot.
1. Health Canada. (2010). Monograph: Turmeric, oral. Accessed on 4/21/15 from: http://webprod.hc-sc.gc.ca/nhpid-bdipsn/monoReq.do?id=216&lang=eng
2. Panahi Y, et al. (2015). Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects of curcuminoid-piperine combination in subjects with metabolic syndrome: A randomized controlled trial and an updated meta-analysis. Clinical Nutrition.
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