It seems as though turmeric has become the latest rage in wellness, but it is with good reason. A part of the ginger family (which also has really great health benefits), turmeric is native to the Southeast region of Asia, where it has been popularly used for food coloring as well as its natural medicinal properties. Turmeric is known for its anti-inflammatory benefits, increasing the antioxidant properties of the body, helping with arthritis, boosting brain function, protecting the heart in various ways, and being linked to combatting Alzheimer’s disease. We may all know how good it is to eat turmeric, but how exactly can we incorporate it into our daily meal plan? We have listed 5 ways in which you can incorporate turmeric into your everyday meals.
1) Use it as a Spice
One of the easiest ways to start using turmeric is to start using it as a spice. Making roasted vegetables one night? Season it with some turmeric and black pepper. Making scrambled eggs one morning? Season with turmeric, garlic powder, and salt. This is a great first step in order to get use to the flavor, which has a little bit of a spicy kick. Making yellow rice from scratch? You got it – use turmeric in your recipe as well.
2) Turmeric in Tea
Also considered “golden milk’, this recipe is very easy to make. All you need to do is blend the milk of your choice, turmeric, black pepper, cinnamon, ginger powder, and maple syrup as a sweetener if you would like. Warm up the mix in a saucepan and now you have a great nighttime drink.
3) Turmeric in a Smoothie
If you’re looking for a morning drink, then try incorporating turmeric into your smoothie. There are tons of different recipes on the internet of how to incorporate turmeric into a smoothie, but I like this one the most because it’s simple and nutrient-packed.
4) Turmeric in Soup
Turmeric in soup is another great way to blend turmeric with other spices to create a flavorful meal. This Turmeric Pumpkin Soup is great for the colder months.
5) Curry Everything!
If you have never had curry, then you are simply missing out! Turmeric is what gives curry its bright flavor. Using primarily turmeric, cumin, and chili powder, you can have curry seasoning in seconds. Use it to make curry fish, chicken, or just vegetables. It’s all up to you!