healing foods: tumeric Dr. karyn shanks md

Golden Milk and Coffee–Oh, My!

I’ve long loved the comfort and deliciousness of my favorite Golden Milk recipe, but a friend helped me take it to a whole new level of ecstasy!


You heard me right—how delightfully naughty is that?

First, here’s my Golden Milk recipe. In addition to it’s yummy-ness, I love that its ingredients support my energy and reduce inflammation. I drink it warm—so soothing in the months of winter.

Golden Milk

1-can full fatted coconut milk

1-teaspoon turmeric

1-teaspoon powdered or fresh minced ginger

1/8th-teaspoon black pepper

¼-teaspoon cardamom

Place all this in a saucepan over medium heat. Whisk well to combine. Add a bit of whatever is missing for you. Need it sweeter? Plop a little maple syrup in there. Spicier? A dash of cayenne pepper. A teaspoon or more of unsweetened cocoa is delicious as well!

Enter my friend who introduced me to Golden Milk and Coffee… New heights, my friends, new freaking heights:

Fill your mug about half way with the Golden Milk you just concocted. Now, add freshly brewed coffee to taste. Or maybe you want to do it the other way around—fill your mug with the fresh brewed coffee, and add the Golden Milk to taste. Half-full of each makes a fine latte.

I like to make enough Golden Milk to last a few days (keep it in the fridge)… oh, yah.

Have a Beautiful day!


Karyn Shanks, MD. Healing Foods: Turmeric. 2016.

Karyn Shanks MD


Karyn Shanks, MD, is a physician who lives and practices in Iowa City. Her work is inspired by the revolutionary science of Functional Medicine, body-mind wisdom, and the transformational journeys of thousands of clients over her twenty-eight year career. She believes that the bones of healing are in what we do for ourselves.

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