Anti-Inflammatory Turmeric Latte

Everyday my phone chimes with messages from two dear friends--both mamas with CF. Our friendship is special. We share our unique experiences balancing motherhood and CF and have been a constant source of support for each other.

In addition to advice and encouragement, we also share the things we love, urging the others to give them a try--books, toys for our littles, TV shows, and recipes. Both of these friends are plant-based diet enthusiasts and have shared so many recipes and tips to eating an alternative to the traditional CF diet with me. This anti-inflammatory turmeric latte is one of our favs!

What is turmeric?

Turmeric is an East Asian plant from the ginger family that is used in traditional Indian diets and medical systems. Turmeric has certainly emerged as a trendy ingredient in the last few years due to the health benefits from curcumin, a component found in the spice.1,2 More specifically, anti-inflammatory properties of curcumin could be beneficial to the chronic inflammation found in CF.

I struggle with high levels of inflammation in my lungs and joints and love adding this warm, spicy, and sweet drink to my day. It makes me think of my sweet CF friends with every sip!

Anti-inflammatory turmeric latte recipe

(Recipe from the kitchen of Ali Brown)

Makes an 8 oz cup
Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • ½ to 1 tsp maple syrup or honey (depending on sweetness preference
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract
  • Pinch of black pepper
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper (optional)

Directions

  1. In a saucepan, heat the milk until hot but not boiling.
  2. Add the rest of ingredients; then mix well using a whisk.
  3. Pour into your favorite mug. Using a milk frother, mix until frothy. Alternatively, mix in a blender until frothy. Sprinkle cinnamon on top and enjoy!

Have you ever had a turmeric latte? We would love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below!

References

  1. Aggarwal BB, Harikumar KB. Potential therapeutic effects of curcumin, the anti-inflammatory agent, against neurodegenerative, cardiovascular, pulmonary, metabolic, autoimmune and neoplastic diseases. The International Journal of Biochemistry & Cell Biology. 2009;41(1):40-59.doi: 10.1016/j.biocel.2008.06.010.
  2. Jurenka JS. Anti-inflammatory properties of curcumin, a major constituent of Curcuma longa: a review of preclinical and clinical research. Altern Med Rev. 2009;14(2):141-53. Erratum in: Altern Med Rev. 2009 Sep;14(3):277. PMID: 19594223.

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Nutrition facts

Per Serving

  • calories: 92
  • carbohydrate: 15g
  • cholesterol: 0mg
  • fat: 2.8g
  • fiber: 0.9g
  • protein: 1.3g
  • sodium: 142mg
  • sugars: 0.9g

Disclaimer: Cystic-Fibrosis.com cannot guarantee a recipe that has been scaled to make a different number of servings from the original.


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