Aesthetic appeal is a primary factor when I choose food.
Take beets for example. I know they are nutritious, and I enjoy the taste, but the real reason I cook with them is because of the pure joy their colors give me as I peel and slice them.
I fell in love with turmeric for similar reasons:
I quickly realized I also loved the taste, and only after I was fully committed to turmeric for reasons of beauty and taste did I start reading about all its health benefits.
Why You Want Turmeric In Your Diet
Turmeric contains a compound called curcumin, which has been shown to have many medicinal properties:
- curcumin is anti-inflamatory
- curcumin is an antioxidant
- curcumin boosts brain-derived neurotrophic factor
Including anti-oxidants in your diet may help the prevention of diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and macular degeneration.
Now, most of the studies done on curcumin involve very high levels, so high that they would be difficult to attain through turmeric alone. Some people recommend taking a curcumin supplement. Maybe you can look into that, but I have not. Traditional eastern medicine, though far less scientific, has been using turmeric for thousands of years, (let alone Eastern cuisine) and I believe that this speaks to something. I think it is worthwhile to incorporate turmeric into your daily diet; the dose of curcumin, however small, must do some good!
Include black pepper with your turmeric. Our bodies have a hard time getting cucumin into the blood stream, but piperine (contained in black pepper) can help, A LOT, like 2000% a lot.
Easy Ways to Incorporate Turmeric In Your Diet
There are a lot of delicious recipes out there that include turmeric. But sometimes scrolling through recipes to find one that sounds both appealing and doable can be difficult. So I thought I would put together a list of easy ways to include turmeric in your daily diet, so you don’t have to eat curry soup every day if you don’t want to. (But if you do, by all means, eat curry soup every day.) And I will include a few dinner recipes at the end that I like. (Including some curry, of course.)
1. Turmeric Tea
If you enjoy a hot cup of flavorful decaf tea in the evenings, then this recipe is for you. I have made the recipe with just turmeric, and I love it, but if you are still getting used to the taste then it is delicious with cinnamon and other spices as well. I like to make mine with grated turmeric root. And if the thought of putting black pepper in your tea scares you, ask yourself: do you like chai? Because chai includes black pepper. So there.
The summer afternoon version of turmeric tea, this is a juicy and delightful drink. Easy to make, too.
This paste will last awhile (but not forever!) in your fridge, so it can be a good one to incorporate into a morning or evening routine. I have seen a similar paste ready-made at some health food stores. (Go Lucky’s!) I first tried this recipe because the name is so enticing. Who doesn’t want to drink golden milk?
And while I was busy cooking this up in the kitchen, my man walks in and says, “What is this hippy concoction you’re making?” 🙂
This thing scares some people but I seriously love it. I use it pretty much anywhere I would use olive oil or butter: frying veggies, making french toast, slathering on top of toast etc. It is delicious mixed in with a bowl of warm quinoa. Also, healthy fats. I don’t think it has black pepper in it, so make sure to sprinkle some in.
5. Chai Flavored Anything
But mostly, chai flavored french toast 😉 I read on a chai tea box (trustworthy source) that every Indian family has their own chai recipe. Mine includes turmeric. Anything that calls for cinnamon, I make chai flavored by throwing in nutmeg, cloves, cardamon, allspice, turmeric, and black pepper. Delicious with coconut cream and oatmeal. I made this killer smoothie with a banana, coconut cream, almond milk, and my beloved spices.
This is another one you can whip up and have on hand. It is delicious on salads, veggies, meat, you name it.
Yum yum yummy. Almost as good as my chai flavored smoothie 😉
This is great to have on hand to add a little flavor and health to your cooking. Nothing wrong with buying ready-made curry powder, of course, but I like how you know exactly what you are putting into this one.
For your comfort food fix. I made this with chicken and rice, and added a splash of tamari sauce. It was AMAZING. I am thinking of cooking up just the sauce to have on hand and drench all my foods with.
Are you pumped??
Ready to get your healthy on? There are so many ways to incorporate this beautiful, delicious, and beneficial food into your every day diet.
Do you have any other easy ways to incorporate turmeric into your diet? Any amazing turmeric recipes that you love and want to share?