Two days ago we had the warmest 1st of November EVER in the Netherlands. Well, now that is a thing of the past and today it is clear that the winter is coming. I honestly don’t mind, despite the fact that it gets dark at 17:00. And I don’t mind because it seems more normal to go to sleep at 10:00, in an attempt to feel well-rested at 6:00, that my lovely daughter wakes up and is ready to chat.
What I really love about this season is the thousands of leaves on the ground, that come in all shades of yellow/orange/brown/mustard. And they make that soft cracking sound when you step on them as well. If I was not slightly scared of spiders and other tiny insects, I would for sure roll on fallen leaves.
Anyway. That is not the point. The point is that now that the weather is getting colder and the days shorter, you are more likely to feel like crap. Whether you suffer from SAD or you catch one cold after the other, you could definitely use a mood booster. And so could I.
This hot spice drink is a variation of the traditional golden milk, that I mentioned before here.
Ingredients (for 2 cups)
- 1/2 teaspoon saffron strands
- 1 full tablespoon turmeric powder
- 1 cinnamon stick or 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
- 4-5 crashed cardamom pods
- 1-2 sugar cubes (optional)
- 2 cups milk or dairy-free milk alternative. I made ours with almond milk and it tasted great.
- In a pot put all the spices and the milk or dairy-free alternative.
- Bring to a boil.
- Simmer over very low heat for 10 minutes.
This drink is loaded with antioxidants, thanks to all the spices that it contains. You can read about the health benefits of curcumin here, to get some information. Saffron has also been traditionally used as an aphrodisiac and anti-depressant. Even if none of these health benefits are actually true, this golden milk tastes great.
To boost my immune system even more, I enjoyed my golden drink with a slice of whole grain bread with iron-rich stroop and protein-rich cashew butter and a piece of a date-almond roll. Dried dates are rich in iron as well and almond contain plenty of vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant.
What will you enjoy your golden drink with? I want to know!