Turmeric is a powerful spice that has been used in Chinese and Indian medicine for centuries. Curcumin is a medicinal compound that gives turmeric its bright yellow pigmentation. This active ingredient is also what makes turmeric an anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory agent. It is full of antioxidants, vitamin C, calcium, magnesium and zinc. It can help neutralize free radicals and improve liver detoxification. It has been known to protect against Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, heart disease and has even been used to treat depression.
There are many delicious and creative ways to add turmeric to your diet. Here are 10 ways to spice up your diet with turmeric (side note: its intense coloring will stain clothes and surfaces a bright yellow so handle with care!)
1. Golden Mylk (Hot or Iced)
Combine 2 cups of your favorite dairy-free milk alternative with 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, 1 teaspoon of turmeric and 1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg. Heat this mixture on the stove for a warming bedtime treat that will lull you into a deep slumber. Need a cool down? Put in the fridge and serve over ice for a delicious and refreshing daytime beverage.
2. Salad Dressing
Say ‘see ya’ to store bought dressings. They are filled with refined vegetable oils, toxic preservatives, poisonous thickening agents, artificial food coloring and empty calories. Instead opt for a DIY dressing. Here is a simple, zesty recipe that will complement any salad while boosting your immunity:
1 tsp white miso paste
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
2 tsp olive oil
1 tsp honey
1/4 tsp turmeric
Whisk all ingredients together in a bowl. Add any other seasonings or salt and pepper to your liking. Drizzle and enjoy!
4. Kale Chips
Kale chips are by far one of our favorite crunchy and satisfying go-to snacks. Kale chips are not only completely guilt-free but also very easy to make. Simply pick the kale leaves off the stem, toss in olive oil and bake for 20 minutes at 275 degrees F. The best part is choosing the spices to season them with- this is where the turmeric comes in! We recommend pairing with garlic and cayenne.
5. Turmeric Marinade
Mixing together a cup of lemon juice, a tablespoon of olive oil and a 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric makes a killer marinade for chicken, fish, steak, veggies – even corn on the cob. It is the perfect light sauce for your next summer barbecue. Try adding in a little cumin for a southwestern flare.
6. Roasted Cauliflower
Another guilt-free and delicious treat that we love is roasted cauliflower. We can’t get enough of this tropical-inspired recipe: chop one head of cauliflower into bite-sized pieces; then coat with coconut oil and squirt with juice from 1 lime. Finish by seasoning with turmeric and sea salt. Bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown.
This ain’t your mama’s veggie dip. If you’re tired of the basic veggie dip that has been served at every barbecue since the 60’s, try this recipe for a new and improved twist on a classic.
1 cup raw cashews
½ cup of coconut meat
⅓ cup coconut milk
3 tablespoons lemon juice (or lime)
1/2 teaspoon of turmeric
1/4 teaspoon of minced garlic
⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
Sea salt, to taste
Combine all ingredients together in a food processor (or blender) until smooth. Serve with veggies for a crudite platter that is guaranteed to be a crowd-pleaser at your next shindig.
8. Roasted Nuts
These make excellent crouton substitutes for salads or crunchy additions to any dish. Pick your favorite nuts, sprinkle them with olive oil and a little turmeric and paprika and bake on 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 15 minutes. Sunflower seeds or chickpeas also work well in case of a nut allergy.
9. Turmeric Truffles
This is a sweet and savory all-natural treat that is filled with superfoods and sustainable energy.
1 cup soaked, pitted dates
1/2 cup soaked walnuts (optional)
4 tablespoons raw cacao powder
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
Pinch of sea salt
Combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender. Place in the fridge for about 10 minutes to harden. Roll into balls and then into a mixture of 2 teaspoons of turmeric and 3 tablespoons of hemp seeds until coated. Chill for 15 minutes before serving.
10. Liquid Sunshine
And finally if you want no fuss, no mess, no measuring, mixing or baking of any kind – try our Liquid Sunshine. It is a super loaded OJ that is known to give you a healthy glow from the inside out. This tropical citrus elixir is packed with the superstar spice, turmeric; and we even add ginger root for an extra immunity boosting kick. Soak up the sunshine and enjoy all of the delicious and amazing benefits!