11 Healthy & Delicious Turmeric Recipes to Fight Inflammation
By: Julie Hand
Need a few reasons to add turmeric recipes to your weekly repertoire? Turmeric, that yellow-orange wonder spice, lends an earthy, aromatic flavor to every dish it touches. It’s highly photogenic, too, thanks to its main active compound, curcumin, the source of that exquisitely vivid color. Course, turmeric isn’t just beautiful to behold. It possesses anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor, antibacterial, and antifungal properties, and a recent study found that curcumin improves memory and mood too. Meaning, it can help kick depression to the curb.
Curcumin only makes up 5 to 10 percent of turmeric and your body needs help absorbing it. Though piperine, found in black pepper, helps increase its bioavailability (how much your body uses), that spice is off-limits on the Bulletproof Diet, due to a high risk of mold contamination. Because turmeric is fat-soluble, eating it with high-quality fat may also help. The majority of these turmeric recipes feature that winning combination to give you an added curcumin boost.
Healthy turmeric recipes
Turmeric drink recipes
Up your coffee game with this perfect turmeric latte recipe. Sip this frothy, decaf concoction before bed, or any time you want a warm, soothing beverage. Flavored with cinnamon, vanilla and a pinch of pepper, this turmeric drink tastes like a spicy chai latte. The grass-fed ghee and Brain Octane Oil boost curcumin’s effectiveness, so you can reap all its anti-inflammatory goodness.
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Time to take your smoothie making to the next level with this pineapple turmeric smoothie recipe. Pineapples add a tropical sweetness to the drink, while cucumbers do the dirty work of reducing any belly bloat you’ve got going on. Antioxidant-packed turmeric and ginger take this smoothie to the top of the charts.
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This moderately sweet, earthy turmeric tonic recipe can be made sans juicer. Combining powerful anti-inflammatory ingredients like turmeric and ginger, this tonic is a great way to start the day. Opt for lemon juice rather than orange juice and raw honey over maple syrup to make it as Bulletproof as can be.
Turmeric dessert recipes
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This turmeric no-bake energy bites recipe offers you an anti-inflammatory and protein-packed snack to munch on-the-go or as dessert. The turmeric bites are exceptionally chewy with coconut-packed flavor. Helpful hint: Due to all that beautiful yellow color, which can stain your counters, you’ll want to place the balls on parchment paper when making them. Swap out maple syrup for raw honey to make it Bulletproof.
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Nothing could be better than a unique ice cream flavor. This golden milk turmeric ice cream recipe is packed with rich, warm flavors — definitively coconutty and creamy. Use raw honey rather than maple syrup and skip the black pepper — and like that, it’s Bulletproof.
Turmeric sauce recipes
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Turmeric salad dressing recipes like this one are oh-so en vogue these days. This turmeric recipe is free of unstable fats like soybean and canola oils, and instead relies on coconut cream and olive oil for its creamy texture and rich flavor. Combining zesty lemon with a hint of sweet — though the honey is optional — this recipe leaves your taste buds truly satisfied.
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This turmeric golden paste recipe supplements a variety of other recipes, including: golden milk, smoothies, and soups. It can even serve as a condiment on your dinner plate. Not only does the turmeric paste enhance the nutritional value of whatever you add it to, it also adds a creamy though pungent burst of flavor. Since the turmeric recipe calls for coconut oil, which will assist with curcumin absorption, you can skip the black pepper to be Bulletproof.
Turmeric soup recipes
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Whether you’re feeling down and out or just crave a traditional noodle soup, this turmeric chicken noodle soup recipe offers ultimate comfort and delicious taste. The zucchini noodles, or zoodles, make this turmeric recipe low-carb, though it’s still quite filling. Eat it for lunch or dinner and you’re good to go. For the most Bulletproof version, skip the suspect onion.
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This broccoli soup recipe is perfectly seasoned with the complementary spices turmeric and ginger. It’s traditionally a thick soup, though can be thinned with water. As well, you can top with fresh greens for a fun and healthy garnish. Omit the suspect onions and garlic, and bypass the yogurt garnish to make it completely Bulletproof.
Turmeric dinner recipes
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If you’re into cauliflower rice recipes and seek a new variation, this turmeric cauliflower rice recipe fits the bill. A unique dish to bring to a potluck or dinner party, the yellow turmeric on white cauliflower will tantalize you. And the taste – well, you’ll just have to try it for yourself.
This curry recipe combining sautéed garlic, turmeric, full-fat coconut milk, and pressure-cooked, pasture-raised pork will bring you immense pleasure – both in preparation and eating. A fun turmeric recipe to make with a pressure cooker — fine to use on a Bulletproof Diet if you’re in the green-yellow zone most of the time – invite your family and friends into the kitchen to make this hearty meal together.
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