So, you’ve been reading all about those health benefits of turmeric—the pungent, yellow-tinged spice that is so instrumental in Indian cuisine—but you’re thinking, “There is only so much curry one person can eat.” Although we here at Paste do love a good curry, we get it, and we’re here to help. With a wealth of history behind it, ground turmeric deserves a front row seat in your spice cabinet, so here are five ways to sneak this warming spice into other foods.
Blitz it with your morning smoothie
Hey, you’re probably already throwing things like chia seeds and wheat germ in there, right? So sprinkle in at least a teaspoon of turmeric along with a dollop of raw honey, which also has powerful health benefits, especially during fall allergy season.
Bake it into banana or zucchini bread
Turmeric plays well with cinnamon, which is often in both of these breads, and adding 1 teaspoon of turmeric will make your bread a little more healthy and a lot more exotic for the PTA bake sale.
Add to your chai tea latte, or gasp pumpkin spice latte
While I am not advocating the consumption of the beverage of eternal internet fame, I am saying that adding turmeric to it would be a great way to sneak some healthy vibes into an otherwise sugar-laden concoction. You could probably go with at least 1 teaspoon without any major noticeable change, that is, unless you are part of the taste testing focus group or something. In my chai tea, I add ½ teaspoon. Hey, experiment, which means you have to drink more lattes!
And before undertaking your turmeric odyssey, as with any food you’re consuming in part for its medicinal benefits, consider first reading up on recommended daily intake and possible side effects.