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10 Easy Ways to Add Turmeric to Your Diet

 

Turmeric is a spice that’s been used in East Asian and Indian cooking for ages, but recently has reached mainstream popularity for its anti-inflammatory and digestive benefits.

The taste of turmeric can take some getting used to, but here are 10 easy and delicious ways you can add turmeric to your diet every day.

Note: It’s best absorbed when paired with black pepper.

1. Tonics
I first started making this tonic about a year ago when I felt a cold coming on, and quickly got addicted. Now I make this every morning and drink it right when I get up to hydrate, wake up my digestive system, and allow my body to also wake up (lemon and cayenne will do that for you!).

Try this: 1 L warm water, 1 tbsp ACV, 1 tbsp lemon juice (you can also use 1 packet powdered lemon or 2 slices fresh lemon), 1 tbsp raw Manuka honey (optional), turmeric, cayenne, black pepper (all to taste)

The Juicery also makes a homemade fire tonic that is an immune booster packed with nutrient powerhouses including turmeric. Pick up a shot or 9 oz bottle in your local Juicery today!

2. Juices
Turmeric plays well with other orange foods. If you have a juicer and fresh turmeric root on hand, play around with different combos.

Try this: DIY at home or BYO at the Juicery — ginger, carrot, turmeric.

3. Golden Milk
Golden milk, to me, goes hand in hand with the concept of hygge (loosely translated from Danish as “coziness”).

There’s nothing better than to cozy up and unwind with a hot cup of nut milk; it’s spiced with warming spices like turmeric, cinnamon, and more.

Try this: “Bulletproof” Golden Milk

4. Curry
Like I said, turmeric is a staple of East Asian and Indian cooking; curry is one of the most popular examples of that.

With just turmeric, garam masala, and a couple of other spices, you can recreate your favorite curries.

Try this: Indian “Leftover” Salmon Curry

5. Scrambled Eggs
Not only does adding turmeric make your eggs more yellow, but it lends a subtle flavor that makes breakfast a little more special.

Try this: Beat 2 cage free eggs lightly with a fork and stir in turmeric, cayenne, and freshly ground black pepper. In a pan, heat up 1 tbsp coconut oil (or oil/ghee/fat of your choosing). Once pan is hot, lower heat to just above a simmer and pour in the eggs. Fold slowly. Remove from heat when 75% cooked; add in pink Himalayan sea salt and more freshly ground black pepper.

6. Nourish Bowls
These give golden milk a run for their money in the coziness game. Nourish bowls are something I created to eat as a nighttime treat or a warming breakfast. Add some turmeric and cinnamon in — it’ll warm you from the inside out.

Try this: Turmeric Nourish Bowl

7. Roasted Veggies
Roasted veggies are a meal prep staple. Up your veggie game by adding spices like turmeric before you roast them!

Try this: Easy Superfood Roasted Veggies

8. Smoothies
If you don’t love the taste of turmeric but still want to get its benefits, try it in a smoothie! It’s the most tasteless form of turmeric.

Try this: If you’re at the Juicery, I recommend adding it to the Faster Than Light or the seasonal Pumpkin smoothie.

9. Straight Up Shot
This is the most potent form of turmeric — just take fresh turmeric root and juice it to get a shot’s worth of liquid.

Try this: No juicer? Visit The Juicery — they do turmeric shots!

10. Kombucha

Not only is kombucha good for your gut, but the fizzy drink comes in fun flavors too. Get the health benefits of turmeric plus the probiotics from the kombucha by drinking a turmeric-flavored booch!

Try this: GT’s Tantric Turmeric Kombucha

Nancy Chen

Nancy Chen

Paleo-ish blogger and trainer at Title Boxing Club Boston. Nancy's passion is helping people lead a happier lifestyle through transforming their health, fitness, and mindset in a realistic manner. Yoga enthusiast, finisher in the 2016 BAA Half Marathon, Tough Mudder and Spartan Race runner, and former competitive swimmer. You can usually find her with a smoothie bowl in one hand and some form of avocado in the other.

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