The root spice turmeric has long been a steady force in Caribbean and Indian cuisine. Now that Americans are becoming more health conscience, consumers are looking for foods with anti-inflammatory properties and active ingredients that offer beneficial nutrients. Turmeric is actually a root, much like ginger, that has a deep golden color. Ground turmeric can be found in the spice section of most grocery stores. Here are five ways to implement turmeric to your meal plan.
- Add 1 teaspoon to your favorite smoothie for added flavor and nutrients.
- Sauté vegetables with coconut oil and turmeric. Studies show that combining turmeric with black pepper and a fat source like olive oil or coconut oil can improve the absorption of turmerics nutrients. Thus enhancing its ability to fight cancer, Crohn’s disease and irritable bowel syndrome.
- Add color and nutrition to rice with turmeric. Place 1/2 teaspoon to 1 teaspoon in the water when cooking your favorite rice variety.
- Sprinkle turmeric over the top of hummus for added flavor.
- Add extra nutrients to boxed mac and cheese by adding turmeric to the cheese sauce.