Turmeric is the super spice of spices! It has many disease fighting benefits and is very well known as a way to reduce inflammation in the body. But that is not all it is used for, turmeric can also be used to:
– increase the antioxidant levels in the body
– improve brain function and help to fight brain related diseases
– lower the risk of heart disease
– prevent and treat Alzheimer’s disease
– effective as an anti-depressant
– effective in treating inflammation related diseases such as arthritis and joint pain.
With benefits like that who wouldn’t use more turmeric? The great thing about this super spice is that it is very easy to add to the foods we already enjoy. For example sprinkle it into your next smoothie or shake, add it to rice dishes or make a turmeric paste and enjoy it as a tea!
2 1/2 tablespoons of freshly ground turmeric
1 1/2 teaspoons of freshly ground black pepper
1 cup of local raw honey
2 tablespoons of ginger (optional, if the above is too bitter)
To make the paste, I used a 1 cup canning jar and filled it in layers — a layer of honey with a tablespoon of turmeric and 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper, another layer of honey. Continue until you have used all of the ingredients. Store this mixture in the fridge to prolong its life.
For tea, simply use about a teaspoon of paste in a tea cup of hot water. Squeeze in a bit of fresh lemon or lime to brighten the flavor.
A rep from the company Prairie Naturals paid us a visit at the store a couple of weeks ago and shared an incredibly yummy recipe for a healthier Pina Colada. If you wanted to add alcohol, fee free but it would somewhat defeat the purpose of making a healthy cocktail 🙂
1 cup Pineapple Juice
1/2 cup Coconut Milk (canned, you want all the healthy fats)
1/2 teaspoon Aqua Greens ( or any other Spirulina/Chlorella combination)
Pulse all ingredients on high in a blender for 60 seconds. Garnish any way you wish, I added shredded coconut. Serve cold. Makes 1 large serving.
*Recipe originally provided by the company Prairie Naturals
1 cup Quinoa Flakes
1/2 cup Hemp Hearts
1/2 cup crushed Cocoa Nibs
1/2 cup Raw Sunflower Seeds
1/2 cup Golden Raisins
Mix everything in a bowl and store in a glass mason jar in the fridge. My favorite meal to make with this mixture is a breakfast porridge, all I do is add a pinch of cinnamon, 1/3 cup of the granola and 1/2 cup of vanilla almond milk to a bowl. Allow everything to sit for 10-15 minutes to soften and enjoy ❤
You could enjoy on top of coconut yogurt, sprinkle on salads or add to smoothies!