This isn’t my first rendezvous with turmeric and making turmeric milk/tea. About a month ago I posted a simple recipe for Basic Turmeric Milk that I quickly fell in love with. Overall, that recipe was very basic and just combined the earthy flavor of turmeric with sweet and floral honey. Since then I have tweaked a few ingredients and added some local and in season foods.

This new recipe for Orange Spice Turmeric Tea not only uses the healing power of turmeric, but it also combines the spicy flavor of real ginger with fresh orange and honey. It is a cup of deliciousness that will heal, balance and rejuvenate.

If you haven’t noticed, turmeric is the hot new food/herb/root that is popping up all over the social media scene and internet. That being said, I thought it was time to really put the spotlight on turmeric and give you the low down from an RD point of view.

Benefits of Turmeric

  • Decreases swelling and inflammation
  • Rich in antioxidants which prevent cell damage and cancer
  • Eases nausea, an upset stomach and heartburn
  • Promotes healthy digestion and good gut function
  • Eases headaches
  • Rejuvenates skin’s cells and tone of skin

One of the main compounds found in turmeric is Curcumin, which is responsible for it’s bright orange color as well as the amazing anti-inflammatory and health properties. There are other healthy and healing compounds in turmeric, however curcumin is the most studied and the most recognized.

When it’s orange season I use this delicious fruit with everything and in everything I possibly can. I mean, its not often that you can get delicious and in-season fruit that looks like a little piece of sunshine, and tastes like it too. Adding the fresh orange zest and juice as well as the fresh ginger and honey was undoubtedly the right decision for this blissful beverage. The perfect combination of vitamin c and beta-carotene boosting orange, healing and spicy ginger, sweet local honey, earthy turmeric and a little milk gives me reason to believe this drink is actually liquid gold.

Orange Spice Turmeric Tea

Orange Spice Turmeric Tea

Ingredients

  • 1 cup coconut or almond milk
  • 1 tsp orange zest
  • 2 tbsp fresh orange juice
  • 1/2 -1 tsp fresh grated ginger root
  • 1 tsp stevia (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon (optional)

Instructions

  1. In a sauce pan over low heat combine milk, orange zest, ginger and orange juice. Stir and let steep for 5 minutes.
  2. Add in stevia and whisk until well combined. Lastly add in turmeric, whisk and allow to reach a boil on low heat.
  3. Remove from heat and strain the grated ginger and orange zest out. Pour turmeric tea into a glass and enjoy!

 

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As a Registered Dietitian and Licensed Nutritionist, Sara not only practices what she preaches, but she also eats what she practices. Sara's philosophy about food and nutrition is simple; eat real food, make it yourself, enjoy every step, and leave room for laughter. Sara shares more of her delicious recipes at EatLaughDrink.com.
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