Full of anti-inflammatory benefits and nutrients your body needs, this golden milk iced coffee is a delicious way to enjoy two amazing drinks in one – golden milk and coffee!
Golden milk iced coffee.
It wouldn’t be summer without a fun iced drink. Not that you can only enjoy them in the summer. If it happens to be cold where you are, you can just heat up this golden milk iced coffee instead of serving it over ice. Whatever floats your boat. Either way, it’s completely delicious!
While it’s true that most of the coffee drinks you’d get out are pretty unhealthy, drinking coffee can actually be good for you, if you do it right. We all know coffee gives energy, but research also suggests that coffee can lower your risk for type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s, dementia, stroke, and liver, kidney and prostate cancers. Also, coffee has important nutrients like riboflavin, pantothenic acid, niacin, potassium, manganese, and magnesium.
Since coffee does contain so much caffeine, and can send your body into a “flight or fight” response, it’s important to never drink coffee on an empty stomach. Doing so can eventually lead to gastrointestinal issues and even thyroid problems. Drinking coffee after a workout can inhibit your body’s muscle-building mechanism, so it’s a good idea to have your daily cup before your workout, not after. And if you struggle with hormonal issues, drinking coffee can actually make the problem worse. So use caution, my friends.
Now that we’ve got all that out of the way, let’s get down to the kind of coffee you should use in this golden milk iced coffee. Which is pretty much any kind you want. Regular, decaf, strong, medium, light roast – whatever you like.
I like my coffee how I like my men…. organic? In all seriousness though, when sourcing coffee, please remember that coffee beans are one of the most heavily pesticided (?) crops. This makes it important to try and drink organic coffee if you can afford it. Especially if you drink decaf. I like the organic options from Aldi, which is where I get my coffee. My husband prefers decaf, so he gets the 365 organic decaf from Whole Foods or Wicked Joe organic French decaf (also fair-trade!).
If you’ve been around the health food world before, you probably already know that turmeric is wonderful at controlling inflammation. It helps support your digestion, it’s anti-bacterial, and helps with circulation. Turmeric also contains loads of important minerals and vitamins like calcium, iron, potassium, manganese, copper, zinc, magnesium, vitamin C, and vitamin B-6.
I like to buy my turmeric in bulk from Frontier Herbs or Starwest Botanicals.
If you’re not all about ginger, you should be. Its anti-inflammatory benefits are just as powerful as NSAIDs, and ginger has the added benefit of helping to lower the risk of infections! Ginger also helps break down toxins that have built up in your organs.
I also use Frontier Herbs’ organic ground ginger.
Since I’m dairy-free (yay me), I use full-fat coconut milk in pretty much all my fancy and fun drinks. I like to use Thai Kitchen’s coconut milk or my homemade coconut milk. If you can handle dairy, please go ahead and use organic or fresh whole milk.
If you’re allergic to eggs, you can leave out the egg yolk in this recipe. It is really just in there for added nutrients (yes, raw eggs are GOOD for you!), and it also helps thicken the drink. You could add some kosher collagen, if you’d rather, but I prefer egg yolks to cream-ify in my cold drinks.
For the sweetener, I pretty much always stick with honey. It’s the most nutrient dense sweetener, and my body loves it. You could use maple syrup, if you want, or even monk fruit or stevia.
While you might think pepper should be here in the options category, it’s not. The pepper actually helps your body use the turmeric better, so please keep it in there! Unless you’re super sensitive or allergic to pepper, you probably won’t even notice it anyway.
More delicious drinks.
If you’re still on the lookout for delicious cold drinks, here are a few more of my favorites. 🙂 Enjoy!
- Homemade Kombucha
- Paleo Apple Cider Latte
- Healthy Paleo or Keto Frappuccino (mint, mocha, or plain!)
- Honey-Sweetened Orange Julius
- Anti-Inflammatory Mixed Berry Switchel
- Probiotic Elderberry Water Kefir
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Golden Milk Iced Coffee
Free from grain, gluten, dairy, and refined sugar.
- 1 cup coffee of choice
- 3-4 tablespoons full fat coconut milk or whole milk
- 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
- 1/8 teaspoon ginger powder
- a dash or two of black pepper
- a dash or two of salt
- 1 fresh, raw egg yolk
- honey, to taste (I use about 2 tablespoons) or your favorite sweetener
Put everything a blender (I use a Blendtec) and puree until smooth and frothy.
Pour over ice.