Turmeric is one of the many spices that I came across during my quest to reduce inflammation in my body after hard training sessions. Knowing nothing about using the spice, I just poured the powder in my rice and hoped to avoid a complete gastrointestinal disaster. It turned my rice yellow and added a faint taste of curry but had no adverse effects on my stomach (p.s. never get it on your clothes, unless you want disastrous puke-looking stains on them).
After three weeks, I started to notice a difference in my recovery patterns, and it’s been a staple in my spice cabinet ever since, along with garlic.
What the hell is turmeric and how do you even use it?
Turmeric boasts a variety of benefits especially with its anti-inflammatory properties to aid with conditions such as hemorrhage, jaundice, chest pain, heartburn, menstrual difficulties, bloody urine, bruises, colic, and toothache. You get the point. Its native to India and can be found in a powder form, or a root form similar to ginger. Personally I like rice and a variety of savory foods, but on any given day, I’d let my sweet tooth choose my meal. So the best options for spices and veggies usually comes down to a smoothie/shake form. Here’s a great recipe for a turmeric smoothie that is sure to boost your health and overall wellness and blow away your taste buds.
Mango Turmeric Smoothie
1 cup mango (frozen or fresh)
5 cups vanilla almond milk
1 tsp coconut oil
1/2 tsp turmeric powder or 1 tsp of fresh
1/2 tsp cinnamon
Add all the ingredients into the blender.
Blend on high for 45 – 60 seconds, until smooth.
Pour it up, pour it up, watch it all pour out.