By Isabella Sorresso

Turmeric, the yellow spice that has been used to make curry for ages, has a surprising amount of health benefits making it the hottest new superfood to add into your diet. Because it contains curcumin, a compound with antioxidant properties, it has been known to help with health conditions such as arthritis, joint pain, heartburn, skin inflammation and high cholesterol. Just like turmeric’s silent r, it can be sneakily added in to many recipes. Though not traditionally spicy, turmeric has a distinct flavor and can quickly enhance meals with just a sprinkle. Here are a few ways to add this healthy spice into your diet!

 

  1. Scrambled eggs: Whether you add a lot or a little to your scrambled eggs, try adding turmeric powder for a savory version of a breakfast favorite. Plus, combining turmeric with black pepper, which is often used in scrambled eggs, has been known to enhance the effectiveness of the curcumin in the spice.
  2. Kombucha tea: Some brands of kombucha are starting to include other superfoods, like turmeric, to their already nutrient rich formulas so you can soak up as many benefits in one drink as possible!
  3. Soup: Incorporating turmeric into soup recipes can give even the most common soup, like chicken noodle, an added warmth and uniqueness to make the dish feel brand new.
  4. Smoothies: Green smoothies are a popular way to get your fruits and veggies in, so why not add in another good thing for you while you’re at it?
  5. Seasonings/Salad dressings: Next time you are experimenting in the kitchen, try adding some turmeric powder to the dish for a new flavor, or into a salad dressing you want to switch up a bit. Adding a small amount is an easy way to start using turmeric in meals without it becoming the main event.
  6. Moon milk: If you’ve never heard of moon milk, you’re not alone, but you might be missing out. This warm mixture of milk and spices is perfect for helping you fall asleep at night, all while giving your body the benefits of each ingredient when you’re busy catching some Z’s.