Turmeric is more than just that thing that turns curry yellow. For thousands of years, the people of India knew that the spice was also a superfood! Now everyone else is catching on and turmeric is being used the world over, turning everyday folk into antioxidizing, disease-conquering superheroes!
Against that backdrop, it’s no surprise that we here at sportsbettingdime.com are predicting that turmeric will be the hottest superfood of the year!
Ever since recent studies indicated that turmeric was a medicinal herb – containing health-promoting and disease-preventing properties – people have been looking for ways to add it into their diet. What is it about this exotic spice that science has proven to be beneficial for our health? Turmeric’s main active ingredient is something called curcumin, which is a powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant.
If you want to experience the full effects of this near-magic spice, than it’s better to take an extract that contains the proper amounts of curcumin (just over a gram per day). But downing it straight is no fun. If you add it to an occasional meal, you will be doing the body good and creating something far more tasty.
So how does one incorporate turmeric into their diet? We have hand-picked six great recipes to help you turn your body into a finely tuned machine!
1. Super Power Morning Smoothie
Every morning, you get up and grab a coffee or a bowl of sugary cereal. That’s not something to be ashamed of; it makes you a mortal human being. But, if you’re looking to start your day off right, then try this delicious morning smoothie with turmeric from PreventDisease.com. It will give you powers you’ve only dreamed of!
Serves one superhero
1 cup hemp or coconut milk
1/2 cup frozen pineapple or mango chunks
1 fresh banana
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1/2 teaspoon turmeric (can be increased to 1 tsp)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1 teaspoon chia seeds
1 teaspoon maca (optional)
Add all ingredients into a blender and process until smooth. Try to drink this smoothie in the morning before you have anything to eat. It’s a solid way to start your day and pack your body full of antioxidants.
Now go and save the world.
2. Stealth Power Cough Suppressant
Every good superhero has an element of stealth. But you can’t sneak up on bad guys if you’re constantly coughing. Do not fret, because turmeric is also a cough suppressant. Aliens shared this special recipe with the people of India, and now it has been passed onto us to share with the entire world. Enjoy, courtesy of bonappetit.com.
Serves four superheroes (makes about eight cups)
1 bunch oregano
1 bunch thyme
1 1” piece ginger, peeled, grated
1 1” piece turmeric, peeled, grated
½ teaspoon black peppercorns
1 small garlic clove, grated
¼ cup honey, preferably raw
¼ cup unsweetened almond milk
3 tablespoons fresh lime or lemon juice
Lightly whack oregano and thyme with a wooden spoon to bruise and release oils. (This also doubles as superhero training … plus it just feels good to hit things.) Heat herbs, ginger, turmeric, peppercorns, and eight cups of water in a medium saucepan until an instant-read thermometer registers around 130°— it should be uncomfortably hot to the touch (so go ahead and touch it). Do not let it boil.
Reduce temperature to low and let mixture steep for six minutes. Add garlic, honey, almond milk, and citrus juice, stirring to dissolve honey. Strain into a pitcher or large heatproof container, pushing on the herbs to squeeze out as much liquid as possible. Divide among mugs and drink to the power of stealth.
Everyone needs a little meat or protein in their diet. How else will you develop the super-human strength to leap tall buildings? Add some turmeric to these little balls of power from bonappetit.com and you’ll be upping the taste quotient two-fold. Your super-taste buds will thank you. Just remember, the power of strength should only be used for good.
Serves eight superheroes
6 scallions, cut into 1-inch pieces
2 jalapeños, seeds removed if desired
6 garlic cloves
1 1-inch piece ginger, peeled, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon garam masala
1 teaspoon ground coriander
½ teaspoon ground cumin
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 pounds ground beef (20% fat)
1 large egg, beaten to blend
3 tablespoons plain yogurt
2 teaspoons kosher salt
4 medium onions, chopped
10 garlic cloves, crushed
1 1½-inch piece ginger, peeled, chopped
3 dried chiles de árbol
4 teaspoons curry powder
4 teaspoons ground cumin
4 teaspoons ground turmeric
3 tablespoons ground coriander
1 teaspoon black peppercorns
1 14.5-ounce can crushed tomatoes
1 bay leaf
1 tablespoon kosher salt, plus more
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
Cilantro leaves with tender stems (for serving)
Preheat oven to 400°. Lightly brush a rimmed baking sheet with oil. Purée scallions, jalapeños, garlic, ginger, lemon juice, garam masala, coriander, cumin, and cayenne in a blender until smooth. Transfer mixture to a large bowl and add beef, egg, yogurt, and salt.
Mix with your hands until mixture is homogeneous and starts to become very sticky, like sausage meat (approx. one minute). Roll beef mixture into golf ball–sized portions (a two-ounce ice cream scoop works well for this) and place on baking sheet, spacing one inch apart. (You should have about 24.) Drizzle meatballs with more oil and bake until browned on top and cooked through (20-25 minutes).
Meanwhile, heat oil in a large Dutch oven or other heavy pot on medium. Add onions, garlic, and ginger and cook, stirring often, until onions are translucent and starting to brown (8-10 minutes).
Stir in chiles, curry powder, cumin, turmeric, coriander, and peppercorns. Cook, stirring often, until mixture is fragrant and spices begin to stick to the pot (about 2 minutes). Add tomatoes, stirring and scraping bottom of pot, and bring to a boil. Add bay leaf, one tbsp. of salt, and two cups of water; return to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until flavors have melded (25–30 minutes).
Let curry sauce cool slightly, then transfer to a blender; blend until very smooth. Wipe out any bits remaining in pot and transfer curry sauce back to pot. Stir in lemon juice and cayenne; taste sauce and season with more salt if needed.
Gently nestle cooked meatballs into sauce, bring to a simmer, and cook until meatballs are heated all the way through (10-15 minutes). Serve topped with cilantro.
You’ll be ready to lift vehicles and stop trains!
4. Shrimp with Mango and Basil for Super Speed
This appetizer from eatingwell.com doesn’t take long to whip up and makes for a great power snack that will recharge your powers.
Serves four superheroes
1 pound raw shrimp, (21-25 per pound)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4-1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 large ripe, firm mango, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes (see Tip)
1 bunch scallions, green tops only, thinly sliced
1/4 cup firmly packed fresh basil leaves, finely chopped
Toss shrimp with salt, cayenne (to taste), and turmeric in a medium bowl. Cover; refrigerate for about 30 minutes.
Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat; place the shrimp in a single layer and cook until the undersides turn salmon-pink (about 1 minute). Flip them over and cook for another minute.
Add mango, scallion greens, and basil and cook, stirring until the shrimp is just cooked and starts to barely curl (1 to 2 minutes).
Once you are powered up, feel free to go on your run because you’ll be lightning quick!
5. Carrot Cake for Super Sight
Preparing oneself for a life of crime fighting (or office work) doesn’t have to be boring. Every once in awhile, it’s okay to have something a little decadent. How about throwing in the healing properties of turmeric into a tasty carrot cake, like this recipe from shesaid.com suggests? Carrots are supposed to be great for your eyes, so bring on the super sight! You should probably have two helpings just to be safe.
Serves eight superheroes
3 large carrots, unpeeled and grated
2 cups shredded coconut
1 tsp ground cinnamon powder
1 tbsp freshly grated ginger
2 cups soaked almonds (soaked overnight in 2 cups of water, then rinsed well and drained)
10 dried dates
1/2 cup currants
2 tbsp psyllium husk
2 tbsp chia seeds
1/4 cup maple syrup
30 g turmeric, freshly grated
Pinch of salt
1 1/2 cups soaked cashews (soaked overnight in 3 cups of water, then rinsed well and drained)
Juice of one lemon
Juice of one lime
1/3 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup water
Combine all the ingredients for the base in a food processor and process until well combined. Transfer to a round springform cake tin, pressing down to get an even layer. Set aside in the fridge while you make the icing.
To make the icing, combine all ingredients in a blender and mix until creamy and smooth. Once creamy and smooth, pour onto the cake and set.
Your eyes will be opened to great tasting carrot cake!
6. Bloody Mary to Numb the Pain
Eventually, your superhero work will be done for the day and you’ll find yourself at home licking your wounds. Maybe friends are over and you want to show them that having a cocktail doesn’t necessarily have to be unhealthy. Try this Bloody Mary with turmeric from helloglow.ca and either cheers to a long day of being a superhero, or down a couple in quick succession to feel no pain!
Serves one superhero, but you may need more than that
4 ounces fresh tomato juice
2 ounces fresh carrot juice
2 tablespoons lemon or lime juice
½ tablespoon cracked black pepper
1-2 teaspoon turmeric, to taste
1 tablespoon finely chopped basil, parsley or cilantro (optional)
½ tablespoon worcestershire sauce
3-4 drops olive oil
Lime or lemon wedge, sea salt (or celery salt) and black pepper, for rimming the glass
Garnish of choice
2 ounces vodka, if making with alcohol.
Mix all ingredients (except vodka) together in a glass or pitcher.
Put some salt (or celery salt) and black pepper on a small plate. Rub a lime or lemon wedge along the edge of a pint glass, then dip the rim of the glass in the celery salt and black pepper.
Pour ice into glass, pour mix on top. Stir. Add two ounces vodka (a cucumber or basil-infused vodka would be lovely, too), stir again and add garnish(es).
After a few of these, you will have the power to power through the pain, at least until the morning after.
(Photo Credit: Simon A. Eugster (https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3ACurcuma_longa_roots.jpg).)