Paleo Turmeric Hot Chocolate
Why mess with a good thing? To make it even better! Enjoy the added health benefits of this paleo turmeric hot chocolate recipe.
What is Turmeric?
Turmeric is a member of the ginger family. It’s a staple in Asian cuisine, where its golden color and nearly bitter taste find a home in many savory dishes.
While turmeric leaves are sometimes used, it is most commonly consumed as a spice, in powder form.
Curry powders often include turmeric as part of the spice blend. Sometimes it is added to butter, mustard, and cheese for flavor or color.
Why Eat Turmeric?
Turmeric may seem like the new trendy superfood, but it has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for a long time.
Turmeric contains curcumin, a chemical that has been linked to decreased inflammation. Since inflammation plays a role in many different health conditions, this is a handy benefit indeed.
Turmeric may be helpful in reducing symptoms associated with depression, arthritis, high cholesterol, and skin irritation.
Food and Dye
Turmeric’s distinctive dark yellow coloring has some value as a dye.
It performs poorly as a clothing dye, as it fades with exposure to light. Despite this, it is still used for this purpose on occasion.
Turmeric performs better as a food dye and may be found in yogurt, salad dressing, margarine, broths, mustard, and more.
It is sometimes used as a substitute for saffron, as turmeric is much more cost effective.
How Does it Taste?
Perhaps you’ve had turmeric before. You like it, but you’re not buying that it’s a good idea to put in your dessert beverage.
I understand the skepticism but give it a try. If you look at the ingredients list, you’ll notice you’re only using a tiny amount of turmeric in comparison to the other ingredients.
If you want to be extra cautious, use half the amount of turmeric for your first cup. Then, the next time you make it, go for the gold.
A little bit of turmeric can go a long way for your health, and it’s certainly better than the sugar-bomb you’d receive if you purchased hot chocolate at a coffee shop or fast food restaurant.
More Ways to Get Turmeric in Your Diet
While this hot chocolate gets creative, there are plenty of other ways to sneak turmeric into your diet.
There are more traditional options, like tea or cauliflower, or you can continue down the dessert path with turmeric golden milk popsicles.
Check out these 18 paleo recipes featuring turmeric for the good of your health!
A naturally healthy dessert
- Heat the coconut milk along with the water in a pot. You can double the recipe to make a larger batch.
- Add in the cacao powder, turmeric powder, cinnamon, black pepper, and coconut sugar. Whisk well and enjoy.
All nutritional data are estimated and based on per serving amounts.
- Calories: 292
- Sugar: 9 g
- Fat: 24 g
- Carbohydrates: 18 g
- Fiber: 5 g
- Protein: 5 g