Golden Milk for Kids

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Golden milk (or turmeric tea) is an ancient ayurvedic beverage praised for its powerful health benefits.

But because not all children like the sharp taste of the original recipe, I came up with a milder more child-friendly version with similar health benefits.

The healing power of turmeric

The star ingredient of golden milk is turmeric. In the world of nutrition, turmeric and its active component curcumin, is one of the most studied spices due to its powerful healing capacities.

Among many (more than 600 studied health benefits!), it has strong anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties, making it a perfect ally when suffering a common cold, cough, or sore throat.

A few benefits of turmeric at a glance:

  • Anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, anti-bacterial, anti-viral
  • Boosts your immunity
  • Helps prevent certain cancers
  • Balances cholesterol levels
  • Aids digestion and heartburn
  • Reduces headaches
  • Sooths menstrual problems
  • Detoxifies your liver
  • Regulates metabolism and weight management
  • Reduces high blood pressure
  • Reduces joint pain and arthritis
  • Boosts memory and brain function.
  • Good for the skin

The benefits of golden milk

Golden milk has been used for ages in Ayurvedic medicine and is a common beverage on the island of Okinawa (one of the Blue Zones, known for longevity).

In this soothing beverage the power of curcumin is enhanced by:

  • Drinking it hot
  • Mixing it with black pepper (always mix turmeric with pepper for better absorption)
  • Mixing it with a small amount of fat (either from the milk if using full-fat milk, or by adding coconut or almond oil)
  • Adding other healing spices like ginger, cinnamon and cayenne

Drink golden milk before bed to aid relaxation and boost your immune system while you sleep.

Golden Milk for kids?

Can you give golden milk to children? Due to its sharp taste I never really thought about giving it to my kids. But each time I made myself a cup, they were really intrigued by its bright color and aroma and always asked for a sip.

Given its powerful effects on me in treating a cold, I made a few tweaks and came up with this child-friendly version. The same health benefits, with a milder taste.

A few precautions when giving turmeric milk to kids:

  • Don’t give to children younger than one year
  • Usually, ¼ cup is enough for children
  • You can give this tea at any time, but I like to give it when they’re sick
  • Always use organic ingredients for this recipe
 

Total time:

10 minutes

MAKES

2 Servings 

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Child-friendly golden milk

Ingredients: 

  • 1 cup of organic plant-based milk (coconut milk, almond milk, …)
  • ½ teaspoon of ground turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon of raw cacao powder
  • ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon of almond or coconut oil (for better absorption of curcumin)
  • 1 pinch of freshly ground black pepper (for better absorption of curcumin)
  • 1 to 1½ teaspoon raw honey added off the heat
  • Optional: a few drops of vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. In a saucepan, heat the milk, spices, coconut oil, and vanilla extract (if using) over medium heat.
  2. Simmer (do not boil) for about 10 minutes.
  3. Off the heat, add the honey.
  4. Allow to cool a bit before giving it to your kids.
 
Adult Golden Milk

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of organic plant-based milk (coconut milk, almond milk, …)*
  • 1 teaspoon of ground turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon ginger powder
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon powder
  • A few cracks of freshly ground black pepper
  • A pinch of chili or cayenne pepper (omit if you don’t like it hot, but it certainly helps if you have a cold)
  • ½ teaspoon of almond or coconut oil (for better absorption of curcumin)
  • ½ to 1 teaspoon raw honey added off the heat (optional)

Directions

  1. In a saucepan, heat the milk and spices over medium heat.
  2. Simmer (do not boil) for about 10 minutes.
  3. Off the heat, add the honey.
  4. Drink hot

* Please note this is a variation on the original Indian recipe which is made with cow’s milk and a few additional spices. Traditionally whole, raw, full-fat cow’s milk was used in this recipe. However, due to current practices of pasteurizing I prefer to make this recipe with plant-based milk. But if you have access to raw and fresh dairy milk feel free to use that instead.