9 Ways To Eat More Anti-Inflammatory Turmeric In Any Meal

Discover all the delicious ways to eat the spice that's been linked to reduced pain, improved cognitive functioning, balanced blood sugar, and more.

January 30, 2017
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It's pretty clear: Turmeric is the superfood of the moment. Maybe because more and more research seems to back its potent health benefits—from reduced inflammation to improved cognitive functioning to its ability to curb cravings and aid in weight loss by stabilizing blood sugar. 

Or maybe it's gotten so big because countless bloggers have started incorporating this ancient Ayurvedic spice into Pinterest-worthy smoothies, entrees, and even baked goods—which makes us happy (and seriously hungry), since turmeric can be slightly off-putting if not paired with ingredients that complement its pungent, bitter flavor. 

Whatever the case may be, we're here to help you start consuming more of this healing spice in the tastiest ways possible. Here are 10 turmeric-infused recipes to eat morning, noon, and night.

turmeric breakfast muffins
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Turmeric Breakfast Muffins

First, can we just appreciate the gorgeousness of these muffins? OK, now let's talk about what's inside. Luise and David from Green Kitchen Stories describe their drool-worthy creation as a mash-up between a banana pancake, oatmeal, granola, and their turmeric lassi recipe that delivers a rich walnut flavor with a turmeric-blueberry twist. They're made with gluten-free buckwheat flour and sweetened with just dates, bananas, and blueberries. (Here are 3 new gluten-free flours that burn fat—and how to use them.)

golden milk overnight oats
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Golden Milk Overnight Oats

In this fresh and bright take on morning oatmeal, The Bojon Gourmet pours a concoction known as golden milk (a combination of turmeric, black pepper, ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, coconut oil, and milk) over rolled oats, chia seeds, and hemp seeds, and lets the mixture hang out in the fridge overnight. In the morning, top the deliciousness with some fresh fruit and a drizzle of honey, and devour.

Related: Crazy-Satisfying Overnight Oats

turmeric smoothie
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Turmeric Smoothie with Homemade Hemp Milk

Tossing some turmeric into a smoothie is way easier than whipping up a curry every night, but paying attention to what other ingredients you load into your blender is important. That's why we love this recipe from blogger Jodi Moreno—it features creamy and subtly sweet hemp milk, banana, coconut oil, and cinnamon, all of which balance and complement turmeric's strong flavor. 

golden milk iced coffee
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Golden Milk Iced Coffee

While most turmeric or golden milk lattes are served as hot beverages, we think that a drink this good for you shouldn't be limited to chilly weather enjoyment. In this recipe, The First Mess adds turmeric, cardamom, black pepper, and cinnamon to a sweet, refreshing iced coffee made with plant-based milk and sweetened with a touch of maple syrup. Warning: It's addictive!     

turmeric miso soup
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Miso Turmeric Soup with Leafy Greens

We found the perfect fall and winter soup, made by blogger Jodi Moreno. A rich veggie combo featuring squash, onions, greens, salty-earthy miso, and ache-and-pain-fighting turmeric. Any sturdy leafy green will work in this recipe—whatever's fresh and available. This version features a combination of kale and bok choy.

Related: The Only Way To Make Miso Soup

turmeric hummus
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Turmeric Hummus

This vibrant new twist on hummus from Carolyn's Pantry contains all the go-to ingredients—chickpeas, lemon, tahini, olive oil, sea salt—plus turmeric, cumin, and red pepper flakes for a complex and spicy kick. Slather it on bread to brighten up sandwiches or avocado toast, or dunk veggies and crackers in it. You really can't go wrong! 

Related: Upgrade Your Hummus Game With This Veggie-Infused Bean Dip

lentil and corn curry
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Yellow Lentil Curry with Sweet Corn

The ingredient list for this hearty curry recipe from blogger Amy Pruess doesn't start with calorie-dense coconut milk or oil—instead, it gets its rich flavor from spices like ginger, turmeric, Thai chili pepper, cinnamon, garam masala, and garlic. Bonus: It's stupid-easy to make.

Related: 6 Protein-Packed Vegetarian Meals That Are Deliciously Easy

turmeric chickpea cakes
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Turmeric Chickpea Cakes

We love everything about this light yet filling plant-based recipe from Ella of the blog Purely Ella. She creates protein- and flavor-packed cakes by pulsing chickpeas in a food processor along with ingredients like onion and garlic, salt, pepper, turmeric, and cayenne pepper; molding the mixture into patties; and then lightly frying them in a skillet with olive oil. 

Related: 7 Surprising Ways To Get Your Sweet Fix With Chickpeas

blood orange turmeric pound cake
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Blood Orange-Turmeric Upside Down Pound Cake

If you're going to indulge, this is the way to do it! Valentina of the blog Cooking on the Weekends says her inspiration for this buttery, brightly flavored dessert was color—she wanted to paint a delicious edible picture of the fiery red of blood oranges and the brilliant gold of turmeric. We can definitely appreciate art like this.

Related: 4 Delicious Low-Sugar Desserts

The article 9 Ways To Eat More Anti-Inflammatory Turmeric In Any Meal originally appeared on Prevention.