Golden Date Milk
Golden Date Milk
Golden Date Milk…an even better version of the popular Golden Milk, this recipe brings extra benefits for a restful sleep. With Golden Date Milk, you include dates, obviously, and vary some of the original ingredients to your own liking. Golden Milk originates from India, whereas Date Milk has its roots in the Middle East.
Normally, in India, spices such as turmeric, ginger, cinnamon and cardamom simmer in cow- or plant-based milk. First of all, there are numerous benefits of turmeric: it is anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and good for brain health and mood regulation. Secondly, cinnamon has blood sugar regulating abilities and helps improve digestion and soothing the stomach. To top it off, ginger is an anti-inflammatory too, a digestive stimulant, and has a natural chemical compound that has slight sedative qualities. All in all, a winner on all fronts. Even more so, as research has shown that in combination, these spices have even more impressive health benefits.
In addition, we include dates in this recipe, giving it an more Middle Eastern twist. There, kids and adults drink Date Milk before bed to get a good night’s rest. Dates are rich in tryptophan, which helps relaxation. Combine the two recipes and cultures and you get a great-tasting Golden Date Milk drink that promotes restfulness and sleep. Moreover, it’s easy to prepare, and full of minerals and anti-oxidants.
Golden Date Milk Recipe
- 200 ml milk of your choice – cow or plant-based
- 5 Medjool dates, chopped into small pieces
- 1/2 tsp freshly ground turmeric, or 1 tsp powdered turmeric
- 1/4 tsp grated fresh ginger, or 1/2 tsp of ginger powder
- 1/2 tsp of cinnamon powder, to sprinkle on top
- 1 tsp of honey (optional, as the dates already make this a sweet tasting drink)
Put all ingredients, except cinnamon, in a small pot and bring to heat. Once at near-boiling point, reduce heat and simmer on lowest setting for around 10 minutes. Strain as desired, or chew the little date pieces in the milk to add extra taste. Serve with the cinnamon sprinkled on top.
Be mindful that little children can choke on the date pieces, so straining is a must.
This delicious and highly beneficial drink is also really nice as a cold milk drink. You can make bigger quantities as desired and store it in the fridge for up to 48 hours.