Golden Turmeric Milk

This anti-inflammatory tonic is made with dairy-free milk, several warming spices, and a dash of honey or maple syrup.

golden turmeric milk

Autoimmune issues signal underlying inflammation, so turning to foods that reduce that inflammation and support the immune system is crucial. Turmeric is known for its anti-inflammatory properties, and this warming milk is a tasty way to boost your health.

Makes two servings
Prep time: five minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes


  • 2 cups unsweetened coconut, cashew, almond, or hemp milk
  • 1 tbs. local honey or pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp. ground turmeric
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. freshly grated gingerroot or 1/4 to 1/2 tsp. ground dried ginger
  • Dash of black pepper
  • 2 organic chai green tea bags (optional)


  1. Pour all ingredients except the tea bags into a small saucepan.
  2. Bring to a gentle boil while whisking until spices are well incorporated.
  3. Reduce heat and simmer for five minutes to allow flavors to blend.
  4. Whisk again and serve, or add the chai green tea bags and steep for two to three minutes before serving, if desired.

Recipes excerpted with permission from The Essential Thyroid Cookbook by Lisa Markley and Jill Grunewald, published by Blue Wheel PressTM. Text © 2017 by Lisa Markley and Jill Grunewald. Food photography © 2016 by Kenny Johnson.

Why No Numbers?

Readers sometimes ask us why we don’t publish nutrition information with our recipes. We believe that (barring specific medical advice to the contrary) if you’re eating primarily whole, healthy foods — an array of sustainably raised vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, legumes, meats, fish, eggs, whole-kernel grains, and healthy fats and oils — you probably don’t need to stress about the numbers. We prefer to focus on food quality and trust our bodies to tell us what we need.  — The Editors

coauthored The Essential Thyroid Cookbook (, from which these recipes are selected. Dietitian Lisa Markley, MS, RDN, and integrative nutrition and hormone coach Jill Grunewald, HNC, guide clients with hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s back to health.

Food photography by Kenny Johnson; Food styling by Anne Fisher

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