Turmeric has long been a staple in Indian curries and the Ayurvedic pharmacopeia (a holistic health care system that dates back to 500 B.C) but we’re just begining to appreciate it’s flavour and health benefits in the UK.
Curcumin is the main active ingredient in turmeric. It has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a strong antioxidant. It’s impacts include an improved ability to digest fats, reduced bloating, decreased congestion and improved skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. Research also suggests that turmeric may be helpful in treating inflammatory bowel diseases, lowering cholesterol, protecting the heart and improving liver function.
Although we do LOVE a curry, there are lots of other ways to add turmeric to your diet. Here are five easy ideas:
- Make tea! Add turmeric to hot water with a bit of fresh ginger or lemon, or try it with almond or coconut milk for a creamy option! If you have a sweet tooth stir in some honey. It also loves nutmeg and clove.
- Stir into your scrambled eggs or frittata mix, for an even more yellow dish!
- Add to plain rice for a subtly flavoured and bright yellow colour.
- Blend into your smoothies or pick one up (our favourites are from Golden Mylk and Rebel Kitchen)
- Use it in soups (it’s particularly good with a spicy squash, chicken or veggie mix).
And here are our top 3 Turmeric recipes from Yellow Kite Books:
- Deliciously Ella’s Chickpea, Quinoa and Turmeric Curry
- Sirtfood Miso Marinated Baked Cod with Stir Fried Greens and Sesame
- The FODMAP Friendly Good Morning Sunshine Juice
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