I just recently read that cockroach milk could be the superfood of the future. YUM! Can’t wait to have that with my cereal. If you’re looking for a superfood a little less squeamish, that has proven health benefits and has been used for thousands of years then let me introduce you to Turmeric. Turmeric and its active ingredient Curcumin has been extensively studied for its health benefits. Read on to find out what the benefits are of using this spice and 18 delicious healthy recipes using turmeric.
Disclaimer: we’re about to get a little personal, I’m going to share more information with you than I probably should but you need context.
For a while, probably well over 6 months I was having a lot of stomach and digestion problems. I was always bloated, to the point I looked very pregnant. I would throw up after every meal, no matter what I ate, I had lost my appetite – a major thing for me, I am always hungry. I would get these chronic sharp pains in my stomach that would leave me crippled over in pain and I couldn’t poo. I’m not just talking about a day or two where I couldn’t I’m talking about weeks where I couldn’t – told you it was personal.
Finally admitting defeat I went to the doctors. First, he questioned my diet and exercise, to which I told him I eat predominantly healthy, exercise 5 times a week, ride a bike everywhere, and drank at least 5 litres of water a day – yes really and yes I have to go to the toilet approximately every 5 minutes. Poor lifestyle factors were ruled out.
Next, I was sent for various amounts of tests, scans, blood tests, dye tests. I even had to scrape some of my poo out of the toilet to be sent off and tested. By this time I was drinking 4 movicol (a type of laxative) a day, taking two tablets and shoving things you know where to no avail.
My test results were coming back negative and my symptoms were getting worse, I had to start taking weeks off work because I was so ill. When the first doctor couldn’t figure out what was wrong with me he sent me to another doctor who literally said “You’re too young to be having such problems, I have no idea what is wrong with you” and then passed me onto another doctor who ran the same test.
While I was getting passed around from doctor to doctor like a basket of breadsticks, I started to research more about gut health and how it links to the rest of your body and how certain foods affect it. That’s when I discovered the health benefits of Turmeric and decided to start incorporating it into my diet. Not as a way to cure myself but because I couldn’t deny the health benefits and saw only positives about using it. At this point in time, I was still waiting on the results from the doctor, which never actually came.
After a few weeks of adding Turmeric to my diet, my symptoms started to go away, I was vomiting less, I could actually go to the toilet, the bloating was less frequent. After a month of taking it, all my symptoms had stopped excepts for the occasional bloating which is mainly due to eating food that doesn’t agree with me – why can’t all food just love me like I love it.
You know that saying let thy food be thy medicine. I couldn’t agree more. When it comes to certain problems, I do still believe in western medicine and think that both western and natural medicine play a role in living a happy healthy life.
Now that you’ve read all that information you’re probably wondering how the hell are you going to start incorporating it into your diet, other than eating it by the tablespoon (wouldn’t recommend.) Here are 18 delicious turmeric recipes to get you started.
*The main active ingredient in Turmeric, curcumin is poorly absorbed into the bloodstream so it helps to eat Turmeric with either black pepper or a fat soluble. The recipes included in this post contain either one of those so you don’t have to worry*
Turmeric Latte with Coffee: from Kitchen Sanctuary – Whats better than coffee? Coffee and turmeric!
Turmeric stove top paleo granola: from A Saucy Kitchen – ready in just 15 minutes and made on the stove top makes for a perfect quick and nutritious breakfast.
Orange Mango Turmeric Smoothie Bowl: from Natalie’s Happy Health– nutrient-packed and delicious, you’ll be ready to tackle a big day ahead.
No Added Sugar Mango Turmeric Chia Pudding: from Lively Table – Make the night before and wake up to a healthy easy to grab and go breakfast.
Vietnamese Turmeric Fish with Dill and Noodles (Cha Ca La Vong): from Delightful Plate – take a trip to Hanoi with this iconic dish of fresh fish, scallions and dill stir-fried with a turmeric marinade.
Pasta with Turmeric, Bacon and Peas: from UrbanBlissLife – who doesn’t love a nice big comforting bowl of pasta? Especially when there’s bacon.
Turmeric Roasted Cauliflower Salad: from Our Salty Kitchen – quick and hearty vegetarian salad that will actually fill you up.
Cauliflower Tikka Masala: from Vegetarian Gastronomy – Healthy vegan tikka masala, that will leave you feeling satisfied without the aching stomach.
Golden Turmeric Carrot Ginger Soup: from Salted City– everybody needs a good soup recipe for when the weather starts to cool and this is the one! Filled with lots of immune boosting ingredients to keep you warm and healthy all winter long.
Turmeric Chicken & Quinoa from Wendy Polisi – quick and healthy one-dish dinner that makes for great leftovers for lunch the next day.
Turmeric Garlic Pan Fried Lamb Chops: from What Great Grandma Ate – need a quick recipe to feed a group? try these crispy and juicy lamb chops.
Easy Sticky Lemon Turmeric Chicken: from Simply Delicious – “what are we going to have for dinner?” Try this easy but delicious sticky lemon chicken.
Vegan Golden Milk Flatbread with Coconut Milk and Turmeric: from Cinnamon & Coriander – You’ll need some type of bread to dip into that soup and curry, try this one!
Roasted Lemon Turmeric Basil Vegetables: from Stacey Homemaker – spice up your roast veggies with this recipe that everybody will love
Lemon Rice Recipe: from Masala Herb – If you love lemon this is the side dish for you.
Anti-Inflammatory Tropical Turmeric Popsicles: from Abra’s Kitchen – Only 5 ingredients! these are the popsicles your body will thank you for.
Whole Wheat Carrot Muffins: from Sweet and Savoury Pursuits – jam-packed full of healthy ingredients like carrots, walnuts and turmeric, these are the perfect energy-boosting pick me up for those 3 pm cravings.
Luscious Lemon Cheesecake Smoothie: from A Virtual Vegan – a seriously healthy smoothie that tastes like lemon cheesecake? Yes, please!