Turmeric recipes are probably popping up all over your newsfeed and local grocery store…so what’s the hype?!
Well, it’s not a fad…turmeric has been used for 1000s of years throughout India as a grounding, warming spice for curries and medicinal uses. A general rule of thumb, the brighter and more vibrant the color of a food/herb, the more antioxidants and beneficial nutrients (hence “eat the rainbow” 🌈). Turmeric has anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, and anti-bacterial properties…this makes it a cancer fighting food, immune booster, age-defying, digestive aid…aka Superfood.
So, how can YOU access the powers of this magical food?! The active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin, it becomes 100x more bioavailable when consumed with black pepper (piperine in black pepper increases the absorption of curcumin in turmeric). Then as an added bonus, if you consume it with some fat your body can maximize its use. Pretty amazing…traditional curries contain various spices, often including turmeric, black pepper (other fragrant spices) and coconut milk or ghee creating the perfect condition for enhancing these spices.
Pictured is a piece of raw turmeric (looks a lot like ginger) with Golden Coconut-Cashew Bites (this creation turned out to be a hit with everyone from my dad to my 6 month old)!
I soaked some raw cashews and threw them in the vitamix (you are probably starting to notice that it’s one of my favorite pieces in the kitchen) with some shredded raw coconut – separately, I melted some coconut oil and stirred together @frontiercoop Turmeric Twist, extra turmeric, ginger, Saigon cinnamon, cloves, raw honey, ground vanilla bean, black pepper, Himalayan salt. Add the oil mixture to the coconut and cashews and blend until creamy (stop and stir intermittently). Be patient – it takes a few minutes to get creamy. It could have stayed in the jar like a nut butter, but then I thought it out it in muffin tins and refrigerate to make fat bombs.
Unexpectedly delicious – good enough to snack on or could be melted and used in a curry dish or added to a baked good or in your smoothie. An easy way to get a daily dose of turmeric.
R&D to continue on these babies!