Turmeric. It’s one of those spices where you either love it or you hate it, since it’s got quite the potent taste. However, not long ago, the spice exploded onto the scene after it was revealed to have some amazing health benefits. But given that it’s quite strong and bitter, it’s one of those spices that most people usually avoid in the grocery store because they’re unsure of how to use it.
Here are some clever and delicious ways 1to sneak turmeric into your diet:
1. Add it to a morning ACV: 2 Apple cider vinegar before breakfast has become another health trend craze that seems to be making a comeback. For those out there who don’t mind a potent mocktail before breakfast, a mix of apple cider vinegar, warm water, turmeric, ginger, cayenne pepper, and honey might just be the thing to wake you up and get your digestion going first thing in the morning.
2. Mix it into your morning oats: There are a ton of recipes out there for turmeric-flavored oats, which is great because there’s some great benefits associated with consuming turmeric first thing in the morning. Mostly, it’s because curcumin, the compound in the spice that gives it its yellow tint, is loaded with something called brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), which is a hormone that 3 boosts brain power. Instead of making turmeric the star ingredient, use a dash of it along with some cinnamon for a pleasant taste.
3. Add a pinch to scrambled eggs or tofu: One of the easiest ways to incorporate turmeric into the diet is by sprinkling it across eggs or mixing it into a tofu scramble. The spice is a natural complement, and with a little salt and pepper, you’ve got a real party going for your tastebuds.
4. Add to homemade hummus: Hummus is pretty easy to make as it’s just chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice, garlic, salt, pepper, and olive oil blended together, with a sprinkling of paprika on top. Now in addition to the paprika topping, you can incorporate some turmeric. The combination is the perfect healthy snack in between meals with some veggies.
5. Mix with roasted veggies: Speaking of veggies, turmeric works well to enhance roasted vegetables. All you need is your favorite vegetables, a roast tray, some olive oil, salt and pepper, a dash of garlic powder, and the star of the show – the turmeric. Makes any roasted veggie side dish exotic.
6. Avocado toast: Nothing is easier to make than avocado toast. It’s the perfect brunch food. So next time you’re entertaining friends, you can impress them with an extra healthy helping of the millennial breakfast classic. 3 Try mixing the spice into the mashed avocado along with some sea salt and pepper for a healthy combo of carbs and fats. If you wanted to, you could even add a poached egg on top for added show.
7. Blend into a green smoothie: Turmeric is extremely pigmented, so if you do want to incorporate it into a morning “green” smoothie, don’t be alarmed when it comes out yellow. But that’s ok. You can still enjoy the combination of leafy greens, coconut milk, or water, and perhaps some avocado in order to help your body get that jolt of energy, along with some anti-inflammatory nutrients first thing in the morning.
1. Take a supplement: For those who are either a) not much of a cook or b) too lazy to go through the process of trying out different recipes, then this one is for you. It’s no fuss. It’s also great for those who just don’t like the taste of turmeric but still want all the health benefits. We recommend taking NATURELO Turmeric and Ginger Extract supplement twice daily with food and water.