The health benefits of turmeric are widely known and the spice has long been used for its medicinal purposes in countries such as India. The orange colored spice can benefit both the body and the brain, and can help with everything from heart disease to cancer to Alzheimer’s disease. Whilst you may be aware of what this spice can offer, do you know how simple it is to add to your everyday diet? We have found seven easy and tasty ways for you to get your daily dose of turmeric without having to go crazy with traditional Indian dishes.
#7 Spice Your Soup
Soups are an excellent way to get a whole dose of nutrients and vitamins in one dish, especially when made with lean meat and vegetables. Turmeric offers flavor and color to brighten up any soup and is a great alternative to salt, thereby avoiding excess sodium. Liberally add it to your soup during the cooking process for an unforgettable taste. It works well with any soup and can even be added to canned and pre-made varieties for extra flavor and long-term health benefits.
On a final note – A simple sprinkle of turmeric has long-lasting health benefits and is an easy addition to any soup along with any other seasonings and flavorings.
#6 Add Some Gold to Your Smoothie
For something a little different, add some turmeric to your daily smoothie for an extra flavor and antioxidant health boost. You only need a sprinkle and you will be sure to gain the health benefits as well as having an eye-popping golden orange smoothie that will definitely brighten your day!
On a final note – Use turmeric with oranges and cinnamon to make a zesty, spicy smoothie that easily contains a beneficial amount of turmeric.
#5 Scramble it up in Your Eggs
Eggs are a great protein-filled breakfast (or lunch or dinner for that matter). By adding a sprinkle of turmeric you will get some extra sassy flavoring as well as making the color of your meal more vibrant. Make a mix of turmeric, salt, pepper and any other spices you like and add to your eggs during the scrambling process, or add a smattering on top during serving. For an extra dose of antioxidants, add spinach and tomatoes to make a well-rounded meal.
On a final note – This is an easy way to add turmeric to your daily diet, and you will love the color it creates, turning a simple meal into a delicacy.
#4 Season Those Veggies
We all know we need to eat more vegetables, but it can be so hard when they can be so boring. Never fear, turmeric will add color, spice, and flavor to even the dullest of vegetables. Cut up some veggies and place them on a tray, sprinkle with a little olive oil and shake over some turmeric mixed with pepper, and place in the oven – voila! Roasted veggies that not only look good, they will taste delicious and are full of extra antioxidants!
On a final note – vegetables are already a healthy option, but why not compound their effect with a good dose of turmeric, it’s so simple and so effective.
#3 Colorful Popcorn
Popcorn is a great low-fat snack. However, when butter and sugar (and many other flavorings) are added it becomes another high sugar snack that our bodies do not need. Leave off the butter and excess salt and try adding turmeric instead. The natural orange color will look like a thick coating of butter, but it is actually full of antioxidants, anti-inflammatories, and antibacterial properties. You will get all the benefits that turmeric has to offer in one tasty snack.
On a final note – Ditch the salt shaker for a turmeric shaker and enjoy this health-laden snack. It’s also great to make in advance and eat it on the go!
#2 Spicy Soothing Lattes
A hot spices drink can do wonders to warm you on a winter’s day. Try ditching the coffee for a turmeric spiced latte or add extra turmeric to your chai. Alternatively, you can make your own by heating some milk and adding some turmeric, cinnamon, and ginger for a health-fuelled drink that will boost your immune system and reduce swelling due to its amazing anti-inflammatory properties.
On a final note – By adding turmeric to your hot drink, not only are you reaping many health benefits but you are also sipping on a colorful drink that will lift your mood.
#1 Spice up Your Meat
If you find yourself using the same seasoning and sauces on your meat over and over, add some color and spice with turmeric. It provides a zesty flavor and exceptional color and is so easy to add to a marinade. Simply combine it with oil, lemon juice or vinegar and soak away for a few hours before cooking. Not only will your dishes boast exotic coloring and flavors, you will be loading yourself up with antioxidants and staving off illness and disease.
On a final note – Turmeric is a wonderful coloring and flavoring, but be sure to use low-fat meat for the healthiest results.
You may have already been aware of the wide variety of amazing health benefits that turmeric has to offer but been a little lacking in knowledge about how to go about getting your daily dose. Hopefully, our seven tasty ways will make it all much simpler, and you will be spicing up your life with the wonderful powers of turmeric in no time.