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Turmeric: Why It's a Nutritional Superstar (And Recipes to Try)

by Sylvie Tremblay ; Updated August 23, 2018

Whether you opt for fresh or dried turmeric, you'll get tons of antioxidants

Move over, coconut and kale! Vibrant and earthy turmeric is this year’s nutritional superstar. While eating turmeric is hardly a new phenomenon -- it’s been used in cooking and alternative medicine for literally thousands of years -- more and more people are turning to turmeric for its health benefits.

So, what are turmeric's health benefits?

Great! How do I eat more?

Turmeric has a naturally earthy flavor, so it can add depth to just about any savory dish. You can find it in virtually any curry-based dish, or try one of these delicious (and disease-fighting) recipes.

Golden Glow Salad Dressing

Directions:

Combine the turmeric, almond butter, vinegar and ginger in a food processor and blend until smooth. Stir in the green onion and use to top your favorite salad!

Turmeric and Carrot Sunshine Soup

Directions

Heat the coconut oil in a large soup pot over medium-high heat. When heated, add the onions and saute until translucent, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the garlic and half the turmeric and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.

Add the carrots and celery and cook an additional 5 minutes.

Pour the broth and coconut milk into the pot. Bring to a boil and allow to simmer until the carrots soften, 20 to 25 minutes.

Remove from heat and stir in the remaining turmeric.

Blend the soup (either in small batches in a blender, or using an immersion blender). Season to taste and serve immediately, or set in the fridge to chill before serving.

Golden Milk

Directions:

Add all ingredients to a small saucepan and heat, over medium heat, until just about to boil. Set aside to steep for 15 minutes, strain to remove the turmeric and ginger solids and serve immediately. If you want a sweeter drink, add a few drops of liquid stevia.

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