Cooking #Glutenfree for the Holidays with Turmeric: Tips & Tricks
One easy - and delicious - way to keep your immune system as infallible as your holiday spirit? Adding more turmeric to your diet.
As I've written before, this yellow spice has been used (in meals and as a medicinal herb) in India for centuries. What's so great about it? Besides offering a pop of color to your meals, turmeric is anti-inflammatory, which helps your body fight foreign invaders and repair previous damage, and is packed with antioxidants. Turmeric has even been shown to improve brain function, lower one's risk for heart disease, prevent - and possibly treat - cancer, improve joint health, and even help improve depression.
So you've seen what turmeric can do for you - but what can you do with turmeric? Whether you're cooking or baking, this superfood really is super easy to incorporate - even into your favorite holiday dishes!
For a kick of antioxidants with my breakfast, smoothies are one of my favorite ways to enjoy turmeric. I personally like using turmeric powder, which doesn't have to be stored in the fridge and lasts longer before going bad, but you can also use fresh turmeric root. Either way, simply add the powder/root to your high-powered blender with the rest of the smoothie ingredients. To disguise the taste of turmeric (which is more pronounced with the root than the powder), try incorporating fruits with a distinct or sweet flavor - like orange, banana or berries. Because the human body absorbs turmeric better when it's combined with a source of fat, don't forget to add some coconut milk, coconut oil or nut butter to your smoothie either!
|You can even get festive in your decorations!|
More of a savory food lover? Then get your curry on with some help from turmeric! While your traditional holiday feast may not feature curry, it's actually a great use of leftover veggies, potato and (optionally) meat. For instance, using roasted veggies and a leftover baked potato makes Further Food's vegan potato curry a snap to make. Because after the cooking marathon that is Thanksgiving, sometimes we need an easy meal!
|Super (comfort) food!|
Finally, dessert time. While you can certainly experiment with adding turmeric to any of your baked goods - in my experience, pancakes, mug cakes, and cookies are all fair game - I always add a dose of turmeric to my homemade granola. The granola's healthy fats from coconut flour and flakes helps ensure that turmeric - and its healing properties - is fully absorbed by the body. To get into the fall spirit, try my Secretly Healthy Pumpkin Granola, which not only tastes festive, but also looks extra bright and cozy from the turmeric.
|Some of my favorite festive desserts!|
Still craving more turmeric treats for your holiday dining? Then check out these recipes from the blogosphere!
- Golden Milk Porridge: this is a two-for-one recipe. If you've never heard of golden milk, it's basically a turmeric-spiked latte...add oatmeal, and you have a breakfast for antioxidant champions.
- Turmeric Roasted Broccoli and Tri-Color Potatoes: if you're planning on roasted veggies for Thanksgiving, why not give them a turmeric twist?
- Mediterranean Chicken Chickpea Bowls with Yellow Rice: I think Kristen, a fellow celiac blogger at Iowa Girl Eats, just gave Chipotle an antioxidant upgrade!
- Healing Indian Eggplant Hummus: if you need another dip to munch on while cooking, look no further than this...
- Turmeric Spiced Blondies: if I could tolerate gluten free oats, I know I'd be devouring these vegan blondies (which also feature the secret ingredient of navy beans!).
- Ginger Turmeric Lemon Cream Bars: these bars sound about as refreshing as any dessert can get!
Whether you're trying to stay healthy during the cheery chaos of the holidays or just add some color to your traditional Thanksgiving dinner, turmeric is a delicious and easy addition to any diet. Who knows. Maybe turmeric is how Santa Clause keeps his energy up for his gift-giving marathon!
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Do you ever try to add more antioxidants to your diet during the holiday season? How would you update holiday favorites with turmeric? Let me know by commenting below!