When I started hearing everyone in the wellness scene rave about turmeric I decided to incorporate some research in to a term paper for grad school so I could dive a little deeper in to what it's all about. So what is turmeric?
Turmeric is a spice that's been around for ages but is only just starting to make it's way in to Western diets. There's a compound in turmeric called curcumin which is the heavy hitter in aiding with things like chronic inflammation, cancer prevention, IBD, Chron's, childhood leukemia, diabetes, arthritis and more. Seriously the list goes on and on. And no, this isn't just one of those trendy things that no one knows a whole lot of science about. Curcumin in turmeric has been well researched and studied and I'm confident as a nutrition educator, recommending it to my clients and all the internet people ;)
So how should you use it? Turmeric can be added to a bunch of dishes for some extra flavor. It's also incredibly messy and stains everything #bummer. But absolutely worth it. You can use it in curry, to spice up veggies and tofu, season rice and quinoa (I love it with brown rice), smoothies, roasted up with cauliflower AND, my favorite - Golden Milk.
GOLDEN MILK RECIPE
1/2 cup macademia milk
1/2 cup coconut milk (full fat is best)*
2 tsp honey or agave
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground turmeric
1/4 tsp ground ginger
pinch of ground black pepper
*you can just use 1 cup of whatever nut milk you like best too
Toss everything in to a blender and whir it up until blended. Pour in to a saucepan and heat on medium/medium-high for about 5-minutes. Don't let it boil. ENJOY!
I multiply all of the dry ingredients by about 8, mix it up and store in an airtight container in the pantry. It makes it a lot simpler and quicker to whip up. Just put the milk in a blender with 1 1/2 tsp of the turmeric mix and then follow the rest of the instructions. If you do make it just for one cup, I'd swap the ground ginger for fresh! You can also add a little cardamom if you're feeling extra spicy - I love it in my golden milk.