Creative Ways On How To Take Turmeric
Tuesday, 1 August 2017 | Admin
Getting to the Root of Turmeric
Although it can be cultivated in other tropical areas, India is where most of the world’s turmeric grows. The root of the turmeric plant, also known by its Latin name of curcuma longa, has been used by the people of India as a preventative medicine, a powerful healer and a culinary spice for over 5,000 years. Turmeric is the spice which gives that golden depth to so many favourite Indian dishes.
How Can Turmeric Help with Your Health?
Turmeric contains a substance known as curcumin and a great deal of scientific research has proven that this extract has many pharmacological benefits. The two most powerful functions of curcumin are its exceptional antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
There are clinically proven ways in which including turmeric in your diet can protect and help with medical conditions:
How Much Turmeric Do You Need to Get These Health Benefits?
If you are using turmeric in food or drink you need between ½ to 1½ teaspoons per day of the dried root powder. Aim to use a product which is certified organic.
If you choose to get your curcumin as a dietary supplement, you need about 250mg per day. This can be increased if you are suffering from a medical condition rather than taking it as a preventative measure. In this case, you can take 400-600 mg up to three times a day.
Ensure you find a supplement which also contains black pepper (piperine) as this helps your body absorb curcumin. This also applies when using turmeric in recipes or drinks. Simply add ground black pepper.
Some Ideas for Including Turmeric in Your Daily Eating Plan
The secret to using turmeric in your cooking is to use it sparingly so as not to overwhelm the dish, but to include just a touch in many different recipes. As well as the traditional use in curry, here are some general ideas:
Super Cool Turmeric Drinks
Many juice bars are now including turmeric in their healthy smoothies and juice drinks, but making them at home is easy and very satisfying. Here are a few ideas:
Banana and Berry Smoothie with Turmeric
Just pop all smoothie ingredients into a blender and whizz for 45 seconds. Choose your own mixture of berries to ring the changes.
A blend of warm water, apple cider vinegar, turmeric, cayenne pepper and honey. Thanks to The Fitnessister for this one. See recipe here.
Comforting Turmeric Tea
A healthy start to the day, or a soothing drink at any time, making turmeric tea takes less than a few minutes and needs very few ingredients. It’s a great way to ensure you’re giving yourself a turmeric boost each day.
Bring water or almond milk to the boil then add all ingredients. Remove from heat and rest for a few minutes.
Zingy Lemon & Turmeric Tea
Put turmeric, ginger, lemon juice, pepper and water in a high-speed blender and blend until combined. Keep refrigerated.
Orange, Ginger, Carrot and Turmeric Juice
If you have a juicer try a blend of orange, carrot and fresh ginger to which you then add ½ teaspoon of turmeric and a twist of black pepper. You could also use apple or lemon instead of orange. Serve well chilled.
Not Just for Curry
Get inventive with adding turmeric to many different dishes. We know it’s a traditional ingredient in curry, but it also lends itself well to vegetable dishes and marinades for meat and fish. Here are some suggestions:
Heat the oil in a saucepan and sauté diced onions until soft but do not allow to brown. Add the turmeric and garlic and cook for a few minutes. Add water and then the rice. Cover with lid, reduce heat and simmer for about 20-30 minutes or until rice has absorbed the liquid.
Sticky Turmeric Chicken
Quick and easy to prepare, this sticky, sweet and savoury dish will be a real favourite.
Mix all marinade ingredients together in a bowl.
Heat griddle pan (heavy-based non-stick frying pan will work too) and cook the chicken thighs, turning once. Check carefully by cutting into one of the thighs to check it is cooked through to the middle.
Golden Milk Turmeric Ice Cream
Here’s a recipe for the healthiest ice cream you’ve ever had (with thanks to www.organicandhealthy.org) You don’t even need an ice cream maker as no churning is required. The secret of the creaminess is the addition of pre-soaked raw cashews to the coconut milk.
Soak cashews in a bowl of water overnight (or until soggy—a minimum of 2 hours).
Once the cashews are ready, layer a standard meatloaf pan with parchment paper, allowing the ends to hang over the sides. Place in the freezer while preparing the ice cream.
Drain cashews and add them to a blender or food processor—along with all the other ingredients.
Process on high until pecans and cashews are broken down and everything is fully combined.
Remove the prepared pan from the freezer and pour the ice cream mixture into the pan.
Place in the freezer overnight to harden. Be sure to place the pan on a flat surface, so it hardens evenly.
The next day, remove from the freezer.
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It happens to everyone at certain times; life gets busy and cooking doesn’t even make it to the back burner. So how to ensure you still get the health giving and protective benefits of turmeric?
Here’s a carefully sourced, high quality supplement to give you that boost of pure gold every day – and it even has the vital pinch of black pepper already added to make sure you get the maximum benefit of nature’s finest help to mankind.