10 Ways To Get More Turmeric

Turmeric is a potent anti-infammatory spice which can help to decrease muscle soreness after an intense workout. It also neutralizes free radicals which can lead to wrinkles, cellulite, and fatigue. In addition, turmeric improves liver detoxification, so that pesticides and other environmental chemicals are safely removed from the body. It also turns on a gene that enhances the body's own production of antioxidants thereby acting as a powerful anti-aging nutraceutical. Its warm, peppery, flavor and golden color adds a richness and depth to smoothies, vegetables, legumes, nut-pates and eggs. Here are 10 easy ways to add turmeric to your life. 

Turmeric elixir.

Boil turmeric root in water, discard the turmeric. Add raw honey, ground turmeric, lemons and cayenne pepper. Blend with ice, then cool.
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Spiced cauliflower.

Toss cauliflower in olive oil and turmeric. Roast for 30 minutes. Serve with lemon zest and cilantro.

Turmeric eggs with coconut oil.

Pan-fry two eggs in coconut oil in a skillet. Dust with sea salt and turmeric. Serve with sautéed turmeric kale.
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Spiced dahl.

Bring lentils to boil in vegetable stock. Add curry powder and canned tomatoes. In coconut oil, lightly pan-fry ground turmeric, cinnamon and cardamon. Stir through dahl. Serve.

Turmeric kale.

Using the same cast iron pan, sauté kale in coconut oil, add a pinch of sea salt, and dust with turmeric.
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Turmeric milkshake

Blend activated almond milk with ground turmeric, ginger, banana and ice. To make activated almond milk, read this.) 

Curried chickpeas.

Dust drained chickpeas with turmeric, curry powder, and sea salt. Roast for 20 minutes, then serve.
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Turmeric vegetable dip.

Blend cashews, young coconut flesh, coconut water, olive oil, garlic, ground turmeric, and ground ginger. Serve with vegetable crudités.

Spiced carrot and tahini soup.

Pan-fry carrots, onion, garlic, ground coriander, ground cumin, ground turmeric, and sea sat. Add vegetable broth. Blend with tahini and lemon juice. Serve dusted with turmeric and topped with cilantro.
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Turmeric and pumpkin seed pate.

Blend soaked pumpkin seeds with tamari, garlic, turmeric, and sun-dried tomatoes. Add water as needed. Serve with flaxseed crackers.

Dana James

Triple Board Certified Functional Nutritionist
Dana James, M.S., CNS, CDN, is a Columbia University–educated nutritional therapist and founder of Food Coach NYC. She holds her master's in clinical nutrition and is trained in nutrition biochemistry, functional medicine, and cognitive behavioral therapy. She believes that food should be viewed as nourishing, joyful, and fundamental to self-care. Her goal is to help women break their antagonist (and often obsessive) relationship with food and their bodies. She believes that true beauty stems from grace, dignity, and embracing our idiosyncrasies that make us unique and imperfect. Dana created the "How to Ditch Sugar" video series for mindbodygreen. Check out the program here: How to Ditch Sugar. Dana coaches one on one, runs workshops in NYC and LA, and holds tele-seminars on various topics that help women lead a more beautiful and balanced life. To connect more with Dana, check out her Instagram account and sign up for her biweekly Sunday-evening emails.
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