A golden latte, also known as golden milk or turmeric latte, describes a milk-based drink that is flavored with spices – especially turmeric to give it that signature golden hue. "I also use my beloved grandmother's chai recipe for any additional seasoning benefits," says Naidoo.
In addition to the warm and nostalgic factor, turmeric lattes have scientifically proven mood-enhancing benefits. Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, is a powerful antioxidant. And since many cases of depression are inflammatory, the anti-inflammatory effects of turmeric may protect against it. Researchers have even gone so far as to call curcumin a "useful and effective natural antidepressant approach" because it can increase serotonin and dopamine levels in the brain.
"My tip: always add a pinch of black pepper to turmeric, which increases the absorption of curcumin by a factor of twenty," she tells us.
So if you want to improve your mood or find your way around in the middle of a stressful day, take a break and make the turmeric chai latte recipe from Naidoo (well, her grandmother's).