Happy Weekend! Have You Had Your Golden Latte Yet?

Are you a fan of curries? You’ll be glad to know that if you are a fan of yellow curries, there is a very good chance you are consuming turmeric. Tumeric is the spice that gives curry its yellow colour.

Are you a fan of turmeric? Do you shy away from using turmeric in fear of the yellow stain afterwards on countertops and/or on other surfaces? As long as clients and/or patients don’t mind all dishes turning a bit yellow, I always encourage individuals to include turmeric in his/her stirfry, smoothies and/or meat dishes. Why not? ๐Ÿ™‚

Why should one use turmeric? Turmeric contains the powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compound known as curcumin. A compound with such powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties can be an ally to your skin.

Many individuals who come to see me will take curcumin. Did you know if you take a curcumin supplement, you should take some black pepper with it to enhance the absorption by 2000%? When you take curcumin, it is also suggested to take with some fat sources (i.e. nuts/seeds, nut/seed butter, fat from meat and/or fish) to help with absorption as well.

As a Registered Dietitian, I do encourage everyone to eat food first; therefore, why not buy a turmeric root and grate some into your dish? If you are a smoothie fan and/or a yogurt parfait fan, grate some turmeric in!! When you use the whole turmeric root, you do not have to worry about adding black pepper to enhance the absorption of curcumin. Are you scared of the yellow stains that are left on top of the counter? I am too; this is why I bought New Chapter Fermented Turmeric Powder.

Why did I buy fermented turmeric powder? When turmeric goes under the fermentation process, it will become easier to digest. I like the New Chapter brand as they also add strains of probiotics to the supplements as well. Although the probiotics will become inactive once fermentation is finished; there is still evidence that individuals can benefit from inactive probiotics. If you are looking for live probiotics, you will still need to supplement other sources.

How do I use the fermented turmeric powder?

During the evening, there are times when I crave a warm beverage. As much as I love a cup of mint tea or rooibos tea, sometimes, I want something else. Here is what I do:

  1. Warm a cup of water in a small pot. Bring to boil. Once it boils, bring down to low heat to prepare for simmering.
  2. Once the water is simmering, add the following ingredients: 2 slices of ginger, 1 cinnamon stick and 1 tsp of maple syrup.
  3. Simmer for 10-15 minutes.
  4. Add 1 tsp of fermented turmeric powder in the end.
  5. Enjoy!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

During the warmer months, there are times when I will make a protein shake. I’ll add the turmeric powder in for the added antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefit. Here is what I do:

  1. 1 c unsweetened almond milk and/or milk
  2. 1 scoop of protein powder
  3. handful of berries
  4. 1/2 banana
  5. 1 tsp of nut butter (all natural peanut butter or almond butter)
  6. 1 tsp of fermented turmeric powder

On the weekends, it is such a luxury to be able to wake up and take your time with breakfast. With the extra time, it is so nice to be able to a golden latte. It is such a treat!!! I have a milk frother at home; I know some individuals love this gadget but I personally don’t find I use the frother all that much. Perhaps I am a bit old school and like to rely on the stove for everything. Here is what I do:

  1. Mix equal parts of milk and water together in a pot. Bring to boil. Once it is boiling, bring the pot to a simmer.
  2. Add ginger slices, a cinnamon stick and 1 tsp of maple syrup. If you have green cardamom pods at home, don’t be afraid to add some in. If you have star anise at home, don’t be afraid to add this one as well. Why did I specify green cardamom? Black cardomom tends to be alot smokier; therefore, when put in the latte, it can be overpowering.
  3. Simmer with all ingredients for 15-20 minutes.
  4. Remove the ginger slices, cinnamon stick, cardamom pods and star anise.
  5. Enjoy your cup of golden milk.

 

Food For Thought: How will you incorporate turmeric into your diet?

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