Last updated on June 1st, 2023 at 10:52 pm
Tumeric has become increasingly popular as a supplement and an ingredient in various foods. Turmeric is a spice of the ginger family, sourced from the turmeric plant commonly used in Asian food. Turmeric has a warm, bitter taste and is often used in curries, mustards, butter, and cheeses. Turmeric’s use in foods has spread into a wide variety of cuisines. The root of turmeric contains a chemical called curcumin, which has been used widely in medicine. Curcumin is turmeric’s main ingredient and has been linked with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. The health-promoting benefits of turmeric are due mainly to the compound curcumin. In this article, you will learn about some delicious ways to add turmeric to your diet. These tips will help you discover more ways to incorporate this tasty spice into your everyday meals.
Health Benefits of Turmeric
Turmeric has been used for many years for various health concerns, and recent years have resulted in many human trials. Many high-quality studies have shown that turmeric has major health benefits for your body and brain. Turmeric has been shown to have a role in preventing or treating cancer, lung disease, and brain disease. It may help speed recovery after surgery and treat rheumatoid arthritis. Turmeric has also been effective in treating osteoarthritis and other inflammatory conditions. Most studies on turmeric use turmeric extracts that contain mainly curcumin, and the levels used would be very difficult to get using the turmeric spice alone. Curcumin is poorly absorbed by the bloodstream but is helped by consuming black pepper and fat. Therefore, for the full benefits of turmeric, you may want to look into a supplement that contains a significant amount of curcumin.
If you want to add more turmeric into your life, there are many ways. This article will explore 11 delicious and nutritious ways to add more turmeric to your diet.
1. Turmeric Latte
Turmeric lattes, or “golden lattes,” have been popping up at many coffee shops and cafes. This is as easy as mixing your favorite milk with turmeric over the stove or with a milk frother. You can add other spices with their health properties, such as cinnamon and ginger. If you’re a coffee drinker, try adding turmeric to your next latte. Sweeten with maple syrup, honey, or agave syrup.
2. Turmeric Scrambled Eggs
Spice up your breakfast by adding some turmeric to your scrambled eggs. Whisk the turmeric into your eggs before pouring them onto the pan to ensure the distribution of the turmeric. You can add other healthy ingredients like onion, spinach, and bell peppers for an added boost.
3. Turmeric Smoothie Bowl
Easily add more turmeric to your diet to your smoothie or bowl. You can add it to any smoothie you want. Add a handful of spinach or kale for even more health-promoting properties. You can mask the taste of the greens with fruits such as oranges or pineapple. Start with a small amount of turmeric as it is strong tasting and may take some getting used to.
4. Turmeric Chicken
You can find many chicken recipes with turmeric online and for a good reason. Chicken can be prepared any way you choose, and adding turmeric into your blend of spices is a great way to increase your consumption of turmeric. You may even want to make a chicken curry.
5. Turmeric Curry
Use turmeric where it fits best! Turmeric gives curry its beautiful golden color, and the spice’s warm and bitter taste fits perfectly with this dish. Usually, curry includes cumin, coriander, and curry powder. Find countless recipes online or find someone who can make curry from scratch and learn how to cook a new type of cuisine.
6. Turmeric Rice
Add a teaspoon of turmeric to the water when cooking rice to give your dish a pop of color and spice. Adding spices to your water while cooking rice is a quick and easy way to infuse your rice with flavor and take a simple dish to the next level. Plus, the rice will look beautiful in a spread with other dishes.
7. Turmeric Detox Broth
Using turmeric to create soup broth provides you with a delicious and healthy base to add any fillings you want. You can play around with the spice level by adding more or less turmeric (remember – black pepper helps the body absorb turmeric). Add noodles, rice, chickpeas, chicken, or vegetables. This broth is great when you feel under the weather, as it is soothing for your stomach and helps clear the sinuses.
8. Turmeric Sugar Cookies
Try adding turmeric to your next batch of sugar cookies. You will have beautifully colored cookies with as much spice as you’d possibly use turmeric as a natural orange food coloring in baking.
9. Turmeric Roasted Vegetables
Spice up boring roasted veggies with turmeric. Toss vegetables of your choice with oil, turmeric, salt, pepper, and roast. Root vegetables are especially delicious and are great for your health.
10. Turmeric Energy Bites
Energy bites combine ingredients such as dates, almond butter, coconut, protein powder, coconut oil, nuts, and seeds. You can combine any of your favorite ingredients. Mix all the ingredients in a high-power blender and form them into balls. Next time, try turmeric to add health-promoting properties and a little spice.
11. Turmeric Tonic
Try a turmeric tonic for a healing beverage that will help soothe a sore throat or an upset stomach. Combine fresh turmeric, ginger, lemon juice, and water in a saucepan. Bring to a low simmer, and then turn off the heat. Strain the mixture, drink as is, or dilute further with warm/hot water.
As you can see, there are many delicious ways to incorporate turmeric into your diet. We hope you try out one of our suggestions and share them with your family and friends. Maybe you will find your new favorite dish that is both delicious and nutritious.
Rick Kaselj MS, is a leading kinesiologist and injury specialist as well as co-creator of the best-selling Unlock Your Hip Flexors program. Rick creates exercise programs that help people heal injuries and eliminate pain, so they can go back to living a full, active, healthy life.