Turmeric has to be one of my go to spices in the kitchen. It's a superfood hero that's loaded with anti-inflammatory and immune boosting healing properties, as well as helping to boost flavour and colour to the recipes I create.
I always make sure my spice rack is stocked with turmeric and if you can get it in its fresh natural form - that's even better. I often make a calming turmeric milk or anti-inflammatory smoothie when my immune system is a little run down. I also love adding turmeric to pan roasted vegetables, nourishing soups, vegetable curry and a slowly simmered bone broth.
Most evenings I also like to make a restorative drink of Natural Immune Support that's loaded with turmeric - so it gives my body the boost it needs whilst I get my eight hours of sleep.
WHAT IS TURMERIC?
Turmeric is a vibrant spice that’s played a prominent role in Indian cuisine, health and healing for thousands of years. The use of turmeric actually dates back nearly 4000 years where it has been used in the Indian system of holistic medicine known as Ayurveda.
Today, it’s increasingly being recognised for its anti-inflammatory benefits, mainly due to the active ingredient, curcumin, that gives turmeric its distinct yellow colour.
WHAT’S GREAT ABOUT IT:
Curcumin has potent anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anti-bacterial, gastrointestinal health properties, which have been linked to the management of inflammatory conditions, such as arthritis, asthma, eczema and inflammatory bowel disease.
Its high antioxidant and anti-bacterial content also means it is great for helping to reduce the symptoms of cold and flu. Adding to its impressive list of nutritional benefits, turmeric is rich in manganese, zinc, B group vitamins and iron, which can help support a healthy metabolism.
Turmeric is a true superfood because it's classified as an adaptogen, which means it helps the body adapt to stressors like environmental toxins, inflammatory foods, and lack of sleep.
DELICIOUS WAYS TO ENJOY TURMERIC:
You can grate it fresh (it’s a root) or buy it dried in a spice jar to sprinkle on everything, from breakfast foods and veggies and even dessert.
I love using turmeric in a home made anti-inflammatory rich nut milk that's high in essential fats and minerals. Especially this time of year, I also love to warm my milks before bedtime. A favourite I like to make is a restorative turmeric milk that's full of magnesium to help calm my nervous system and other anti-inflammatory ingredients to help me rest and recover. If you want something fruity, my Mango Lassi also uses the immune-boosting benefits of turmeric, but with the added benefits of protein and probiotics to help support a healthy digestive system.
Cauliflower Fried Rice with Turmeric
An easy go-to meal that I love to make on high rotation is my Cauliflower Fried Rice with Turmeric from my book Purely Delicious. The generous amount of anti-inflammatory aromatics mixed with the humble cauliflower makes this the perfect winter dinner that takes less than 5 minutes to make!
Immune-boosting Chicken Soup
Nothing is more powerful that combining turmeric with other antioxidant rich ingredients, such as ginger, to get a potent dose of natural flu-fighting nutrients. I love to make my immune boosting chicken soup for when I know I need to build up my immunity. It’s also the perfect warming dish to keep you satiated and healthy this winter.
My favourite way to use turmeric is to add it to my brekky porridge in the morning. I make mine with brown rice, cashew milk, turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, and then drizzle with a little raw honey. It's a nourishing and warming way to start my day.
Natural Immune Support is rich in turmeric and is available from The Healthy Chef eStore HERE.