Turmeric has been around for over 4,000 years and has been used to treat many health conditions. The primary ingredient in Indian curry, turmeric is what gives it that bright yellow color and warm, spicy flavor.
Recent studies suggest that curcumin, a substance found in turmeric, can reduce inflammation, improve blood flow, and help ward off some viruses. Plus, even a small amount of turmeric may improve your digestion—and cuisine.
Here are six ways to get more TURMERIC in your diet:
1. Buy the root whole and juice it along with your greens in your morning green juice. Don’t go too crazy here… a little goes a long way! I’d use a piece about the size of a small thumb. Here’s a compelling story of how doing exactly this – adding a small bit of turmeric to a daily juicing regime – drastically reduced severe inflammation by 90%. You can also put a couple of slices into a smoothie, especially one with coconut milk. Yum!
2. Make a soothing tea. Simply slice up a little turmeric root (you don’t even need to peel it) and add it to some boiling water along with some slices of ginger root, some lemon and honey. Here are other great recipes for you to try:
- Anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant rich detoxifying tea
- Immune-boosting hot buttered whisky, rum or cider (okay, so it’s not a tea, but how awesome is this?)
- Turmeric Tea Liver Detox
- Anti-Inflammi tea
3. If making turmeric tea from scratch is more than you signed up for, you can simply add some liquid turmeric drops to your tea. I learned this trick from my awesome hair dresser who made me a big cup of chai tea with some added turmeric one day when I had a headache. The flavor goes beautifully with the chai or any Indian spiced tea. I’ve now made it a regular addition to my afternoon cup of Roisboos Chai tea.
4. Cook with it. Turmeric is the spice responsible for giving Indian curries their bright yellow/orange hue. Just be careful with your clothing – it does stain. Here are some recipes to get you started:
- Paleo curried beef stew in the slow cooker
- A delicious creamy turmeric sauce recipe from Hollywood Homestead
- A simply gorgeous Persian lamb stew with rhubarb and mint from And Here We Are
5. Drink some golden milk. This could be my new favorite drink. Golden milk is an ayurvedic beverage that is soothing, healing, and a great way to get your daily dose of turmeric. Here’s a recipe my good friend Amanda whipped up for me the other day. This makes one cup – you can multiply the ingredients to make as many servings as you like. Try adding in a little ginger as well. You can drink it warm or cold.
- 1/2 cup coconut milk (you can use any good quality milk you like here)
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 – 1 tsp turmeric
- 1 tsp ghee
- 1 tsp raw honey (or a little more to taste)
Combine ingredients in a pan over medium heat, and whisk to mix well. Once warmed, you can drink it immediately or store a glass jar in the fridge for later. Keeps for 2-3 days.
6. And here’s a bonus I never thought of: bake with it. Check out this wonderful recipe for Paleo Turmeric Scones from Grok Grub. I haven’t tried them yet, but what a creative use of a beautiful spice!
What’s your favorite way to use this wonder spice?