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All Your Oats Have Been Missing is Golden Milk

By June 30, 2017Eat, Nutrition, Recipes

Introducing, my obsession… golden milk!

Now, you’ve probably heard the term and thought it sounded cool, but had no idea what the heck it actually was.

Well, I’m here to give you the low-down on what is, in my opinion, one of the best health crazes out there right now. Yes, I particularly love the taste, but there are a ton of health benefits from golden milk, too.

What is golden milk, and why is it good for me?

Golden milk is essentially a spiced milk whose key ingredient (turmeric) gives it a luscious golden color. Turmeric has recently stepped onto the stage as a near-superfood with all of its transformative health benefits and versatility in the ways you can incorporate it into your diet. 

Turmeric has been used for thousands on thousands of years in ancient practice and its potential is beginning to be unlocked again today. Known for its medicinal and anti-inflammatory properties, the spice owes this all to curcuminoids, some super strong antioxidants and anti-inflammatories.

This is important, because many widespread Western diseases such as heart disease, hypertension, and type II diabetes can be attributed to long-term inflammation. By adding some turmeric to your diet, among other preventative measures such as eating a healthy diet and exercising, the risk of contracting these diseases can be significantly reduced. 

Beyond reducing inflammation, curcuminoids have a significant effect on your brain and nervous system. They enhance BDNF, or brain-derived neurotrophic factor, which stimulates new neural connections to be formed. I’m not saying this stuff makes you smarter, but like, the science doesn’t lie.

Bottom line?

Turmeric is super good for you and any amount of it in your diet won’t hurt.

I love incorporating it into:

  • Tea or milk lattes
  • Curry
  • Eggs (also obsessed with turmeric-poached eggs; they’re beautiful)
  • Veggies
  • Chicken.

I literally put this s*** on everything. And I have zero shame about it.

If you’re not sure how you can start using turmeric, or golden milk, I have a recipe to give you so you can try it too.

These golden milk overnight oats are super easy, delicious, and can be eaten hot or cold. You simply make them the night before, open up your fridge, and VOILA, you’ve got yourself a nutritious, wholesome breakfast. You can thank me later. 

All Your Oats Have Been Missing is Golden MilkGolden Milk Overnight Oats

Time: 2-5 minutes prep, 8-10 hours in the fridge

When to Eat It: Any time of the day, I won’t judge. 

Perks: Easy, delicious, and can be eaten hot or cold

Sh*t You Need:

1/2 cup oats (I used steel-cut, but any kind will work)
1 tsp turmeric
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ginger
Pinch black pepper (to activate turmeric and make it more bioavailable)
1 T brown rice syrup, honey, agave, or other sweetener of choice
1/2 cup milk of choice

Optional:
1 tsp ashwagandha
1 tsp maca powder
1/2 tsp chia, flax, or hemp seeds
Berries/banana (for topping)
PEANUT BUTTER (also for topping)

The Recipe:

1. Place all that ish in your favorite mason jar and shake, shake, shake!

2. Leave in the fridge overnight, wake up, and enjoy!

3. Oats can be eaten hot or cold; I prefer mine hot, and microwave them for about a minute and fifteen seconds before eating. 

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Author Hannah Chapman

Hannah is a sophomore at Virginia Commonwealth University studying Health Science and English with hopes to become your go-to trainer, dietitian, and wellness expert! When she's not planning her next four meals you can find her at a music festival, a yoga class, or the cutest coffee shop in proximity.

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