Tiger milk is my breakfast or part of my breakfast every morning. The central ingredient is turmeric root, which is a powerhouse food for our bodies and seriously, I'm convinced, endowed with the super-est of super powers. Tumeric (especially juiced in its raw form) is a pain reliever, anti-inflammatory, brain protector, and all around awesome-body nutrient. Just take 5 minutes and google "turmeric" and "pub med" and see all the fantastic published studies on this amazing little root. Like this. Or this. Or even this.
So, if you've never seen turmeric root before, you can purchase at your grocer (most have root in stock) or at your local farmer's market. Here's a fun picture:
Okay. So now to make this yummy breakfast milkshake. Note that there are lots of variations and combinations of this milkshake, depending on your need-for-sweetness levels, food tolerances, nutrient needs, and general level of effort.
For instance, raw egg yolks are fantastic sources of phospholipids and choline, the two building blocks of our cells! And they also, believe it or not, make the milkshake SWEETER. I learned this fun fact from the brilliant GAPS dieters who are very clever and discovered this nifty trick.
The ginger makes the milkshake taste sweeter and spicier as well, like a gingerbread cookie almost, but not everyone tolerates ginger, and it can really pack a punch.
As far as the coconut milk goes--this, too, is really a staple. I have not tried this recipe with almond milk but it might be tasty. Please let me know if you do.
And finally, for those who need MORE sweetness, a dash of maple syrup can really elevate this milkshake into a dessert. Then again, I have to say, the tumeric and coconut milk and raw egg yolks are usually all I need for a super yummy factor.
- 1 can of coconut milk (you can try almond milk, but I have not personally experimented with this yet)
- 2-3 nubs of turmeric, juiced (recommend Vitamix, Nutra Bullet, or a really hardy blender or food processor)
- 2 pasture raw egg yolks (optional--but excellent for the choline)
- 1 nub of ginger, juiced (optional)
- 1 tsp maple syrup (optional)
- Juice your tumeric and optional ginger tubs.
- Pour juice into your blender with the coconut milk and raw egg yolks (if using). Blend until smooth.
- If you desire extra sweetness, add some maple syrup and stir in, but you honestly won't need it!
- You can serve the tiger milk cold or hot! For cold, just stick in the fridge for ten minutes or so. For hot, pour your concoction into a pot on the stove and simmer to your desired temperature.
- Enjoy all those antioxidants and pain relieving benefits!