Now some of you may be wondering- what in the world is turmeric?! Um, only a mood improving, immunity-boosting, cancer-fighting miracle that you’ll wish you knew about sooner… no big deal. This oddly shaped spice is part of the ginger family, evident by its awkward and knobby form. It is known for its distinctive bright yellow color and earthy taste, but mostly, for being JAMPACKED with health benefits.

Turmeric’s active compound curcumin is a superfood, scientifically proven to be anti-inflammatory for the body, helping to reduce chronic inflammation in the body/muscles (great for hard training days!). Curcumin is believed to regulate blood sugar, improving the insulin receptor when sugar is released. It also boosts levels of the brain hormone BDNF, which helps decrease age-related brain function and brain degenerative diseases.

This golden goddess can be made for both sweet and savory dishes as you will see below. It is best consumed with black pepper and fat (oil), which will enable your body to absorb the curcumin.Now that you know all of the AMAZING effects that turmeric has on the body, GET IT IN YOUR BELLY. Here are 8 quick and easy ways to start reaping the benefits and become a golden goddess yourself!

1. THE GOLDEN MILK LATTE

A what?! Once you taste this warm melody of ginger, turmeric, and creamy almond milk, you will want it daily!

How to make it:
Warm almond or coconut milk in a small saucepan but be sure not boil. Add turmeric, ginger and cinnamon, a dash of black pepper, and combine coconut oil with the mixture- gently heat together. Add some maple syrup or honey for a little sweetness and enjoy!

2. ADD IT YOUR YOGURT

Try adding ¾ tsp of turmeric with ginger, cinnamon, cardamon, a dash of black pepper, and honey or maple syrup for a delightful morning treat. Top with figs or berries, coconut flakes, and granola. Hint: This works best if your yogurt has some fat in it to absorb the Curcumin.

3. TOSS IT WITH VEGGIES

Sprinkling a little turmeric on top of your cooked veggies is a super simple add that can make a big difference! Turmeric’s peppery flavor complements cauliflower, potatoes, and root vegetables.

4. ADD IT TO YOUR GRAIN OF CHOICE

A dash of turmeric (and black pepper) brings just a little flavor and nice color to a pot of plain rice or quinoa!

5. USE IT IN YOUR SOUPS

You can tinge a bowl of vegetable or chicken soup with golden goodness or try a cauliflower curry soup with a little turmeric added. It is also a perfect supplement to add into your butternut squash or sweet potato soups- it’s color will blend right in!

6. ADD IT TO YOUR EGG SCRAMBLE

Start your day with a dash of turmeric and black pepper in your frying pan. Turmeric is an easy add in your scrambled eggs or tofu- a good place to start, as the flavor will be more subtle.

7. BLEND IT INTO A SMOOTHIE

Try this delicious tropical golden milk smoothie recipe or try adding it to your go-to blend!

GOLDEN MILK:
2 Cups Coconut or Almond Milk (plain)

1 tsp ground Turmeric

Pinch of black pepper

1/2 tsp ground ginger

1 tbsp agave or maple syrup or honey

SMOOTHIE ADDS:

1 banana (fresh or frozen)

half of a papaya (optional)

1 cup frozen mango

2 tbsp coconut cream (optional)

vanilla (1 tsp or less)

*optional to add sweetener of choice if desired.

8. MAKE TEA

Ginger turmeric tea is a simple and timeless remedy for immunity. You can also just simmer turmeric with milk and honey to make a comforting, earthy beverage.

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