This is one of my favourite spices for many reasons ….. so read on. 🙂
The power of turmeric is so strong, I look for ways to include it into my meals daily.
Tumeric (curcuma longa) is the yellow, orange spice that has been harvested for over 5000 years and is used widely in the East, and more specifically for use in Indian and Chinese cultures for medicinal purposes.
Turmeric is made up of 2 components – an oil and the yellow/orange pigment called curcumin. Both of which are extremely potent. Many studies have been conducted on curcumin which have had amazing results! I don’t take many supplements, but this one I am sure to include – whether it be in the form of a powder (Organic Traditions is one of my favourites) or a curcumin supplement (AOR).
As inflammation is the root of many dis-eases in the body, and turmeric is well known for its anti-inflammatory properties, it can help a multitude of conditions such as, bowel conditions (IBS, chrohns, colitis), rheumatoid arthritis, inhibits cancer growth, aids the liver in detoxification, protects your cardiovascular system and helps to lower cholesterol. If you are not convinced yet to include this spice in your meals, then keep reading!
Turmeric is an excellent source of iron (essential for human life), manganese (supports bone protection & blood sugar control), vitamin B6 (benefits adrenal function, immune system, metabolism, & hormones), dietary fiber (slows absorption of sugar, aids in the digestive system) and potassium (supports the cardiovascular system, anxiety and stress, nervous system). What a powerhouse food!
As with anything, be careful to choose your sources of turmeric wisely. The term organic may be trendy for some, but it really does provide a higher quality of food, and this is true for spices as well. Conventional spices can contain preservatives, additives (MSG, colours), wheat, gluten and salt (not the good kind). Sometimes these spices can also be irradiated – meaning treated with chemicals to kill bacteria and other contaminants. All of this leads to lower levels of vitamin and minerals and exposure to toxic, carcinogenic by products and free radicals which lead to inflammation, disease and aging! One of the companies I was recently introduced to was: My Spice Box (www.myspicebox.ca) – which have great quality products!
Now, after all this you might be thinking that this spice is pretty awesome, but how do you incorporate it?
Well, here are a few ways I like to enjoy turmeric:
Ever had a bullet coffee? This is a cup of freshly brewed coffee (I prefer organic), with 1 tbsp of organic butter and 1 tbsp of coconut oil mixed in the blender to create a creamy, frothy beverage. What I recently started including is turmeric! NOTE: a little goes a long way!
My kids LOVE mac n cheese, but this dish does not always have a high nutritional score in my books. So, I do a lot of swapping of ingredients and adding in of ones too! Nutritional yeast and turmeric are 2 of my go to additions for this popular meal in our house. To get the full recipe, click HERE.
Smoothies! – create your own smoothie with fruit, greens, protein powder and ¼-1/2 tsp turmeric.
Like egg salad? Why not add in a little turmeric for the nutritional benefits and colour enhancement.
How about vegan butter chicken?
My new Sunday breakfast includes eggs, avocado, sauerkraut and turmeric! Yee haw!
I can go on, but the bottom line is this: There are so many ways to incorporate this amazing spice into your meals….the only limitation? Your imagination!
Send me a message, I would love to hear how you add this incredible spice to your meals!