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14 Ways To Incorporate Turmeric Into Your Diet

The 4,000-year-old yellow spice is being praised by the medical community for its health benefits. Here are some mouth-watering recipes that help the powder earn its place on your plate. Be prepared for a lot of yellow.

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The latest superfood trend is here. And it isn't a leafy green or an overpriced berry. In fact, it's far from new, despite the recent spike in its popularity. Turmeric, ginger's long lost cousin, is a root that is used to make a yellow-orange powder. The ancient spice has been used in food and food medicine for decades, but is recently getting praise from the medical community for its suggested antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits.

Whether its simply growing old in your spice cabinet or you're looking to add it to your diet in response to evidence of health benefits, it's easier than you think. Here are some easy ways to eat (and drink) the spice.

1. Southwestern Tofu Scramble

Add it to your eggs in the morning with tofu, avocado, and veggies. Get the recipe here, via The Kitchn.
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Add it to your eggs in the morning with tofu, avocado, and veggies. Get the recipe here, via The Kitchn.

2. Turmeric Breakfast Muffins

If you prefer a sweeter breakfast, bake it with blueberries, mashed bananas, and rolled oats for a treat on the go. Get the recipe here, via Green Kitchen Stories.
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If you prefer a sweeter breakfast, bake it with blueberries, mashed bananas, and rolled oats for a treat on the go. Get the recipe here, via Green Kitchen Stories.

3. Turmeric Milk

For a soothing, warm, and semi-sweet drink to help with sleep, heat up some of the spice with almond milk, honey, and cinnamon. Get the recipe here, via NutritionStripped.
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For a soothing, warm, and semi-sweet drink to help with sleep, heat up some of the spice with almond milk, honey, and cinnamon. Get the recipe here, via NutritionStripped.

4. Turmeric-Tahini Dressing

Turmeric can add a kick to otherwise boring dressings. Top it of a bed of brown rice, sweet potatoes, kale, and pickled cabbage for a filling, veggie-packed bowl. Get the recipe here, via Keepin' It Kind.
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Turmeric can add a kick to otherwise boring dressings. Top it of a bed of brown rice, sweet potatoes, kale, and pickled cabbage for a filling, veggie-packed bowl. Get the recipe here, via Keepin' It Kind.

5. Curried Chicken And Rice Casserole

Turmeric is traditionally used in curries, so why not use it in a simple, healthy curry casserole? Get the recipe here, via A Cedar Spoon. Or learn to spice up plain rice with the powder using this recipe from Food.com
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Turmeric is traditionally used in curries, so why not use it in a simple, healthy curry casserole? Get the recipe here, via A Cedar Spoon. Or learn to spice up plain rice with the powder using this recipe from Food.com

6. Turmeric, Banana, and Chai Thickshake

Just look at that. It looks like the milkshake of your dreams. Blend black tea, cinnamon, turmeric and ginger with almond milk for a refreshing, soothing afternoon pick-me-up. Get the recipe here, via Kenko Kitchen.
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Just look at that. It looks like the milkshake of your dreams. Blend black tea, cinnamon, turmeric and ginger with almond milk for a refreshing, soothing afternoon pick-me-up. Get the recipe here, via Kenko Kitchen.

7. Turmeric Roasted Cauliflower With Cherry Tomatoes And Cannellini Beans

Turmeric can add a kick to some otherwise, dare I say it, tasteless vegetables like cauliflower. Toss it with and cherry tomatoes. Get the recipe here, via tanyazouev.com.
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Turmeric can add a kick to some otherwise, dare I say it, tasteless vegetables like cauliflower. Toss it with and cherry tomatoes. Get the recipe here, via tanyazouev.com.

8. Coconut Curry Hummus

Add turmeric to your protein-packed hummus, with some coconut, ginger, and jalapeño peppers for an extra kick. Get the recipe here, via POPSUGAR.
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Add turmeric to your protein-packed hummus, with some coconut, ginger, and jalapeño peppers for an extra kick. Get the recipe here, via POPSUGAR.

9. Turmeric Roasted Cashews With Chia

You can't lose with this combo. You get the healthy benefits of of nuts, chia seeds, and turmeric, all in one, flavorful snack. Get the recipe here, via Cook Republic.
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You can't lose with this combo. You get the healthy benefits of of nuts, chia seeds, and turmeric, all in one, flavorful snack. Get the recipe here, via Cook Republic.

10. Homemade Bloody Mary Mix With Turmeric And Black Pepper

Need I say more? Fresh carrot and tomato juice, black pepper, and turmeric just changed the brunch game. Get the recipe here, via HelloNatural.
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Need I say more? Fresh carrot and tomato juice, black pepper, and turmeric just changed the brunch game. Get the recipe here, via HelloNatural.

11. Roasted Butternut Squash With Smoked Paprika And Turmeric

This effortless recipe only requires an oven, butternut squash, turmeric, salt, and paprika. What are you waiting for? Get the recipe here, via Healthy Seasonal Recipes.
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This effortless recipe only requires an oven, butternut squash, turmeric, salt, and paprika. What are you waiting for? Get the recipe here, via Healthy Seasonal Recipes.

12. Turmeric Egg Salad Sandwich

Spice up your egg salad by mixing turmeric with mayo or plain yogurt to give eggs a peppery taste. Get the recipe here, via Season with Spice.
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Spice up your egg salad by mixing turmeric with mayo or plain yogurt to give eggs a peppery taste. Get the recipe here, via Season with Spice.

13. Turmeric Chicken Soup With Cabbage And Coconut

A mouth-watering take on a classic with coconut milk, potatoes, and turmeric for a curry-inspired soup. Get the recipe here, via Kitchen Stewardship.
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A mouth-watering take on a classic with coconut milk, potatoes, and turmeric for a curry-inspired soup. Get the recipe here, via Kitchen Stewardship.

14. Pan Seared Salmon In Spiced Coconut Milk

One of the healthiest fishes in the sea, salmon provides a kick of healthy fats and protein. Sear the fish in coconut milk mixed with turmeric for some more zing. Get the recipe here, via A Zesty Bite.
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One of the healthiest fishes in the sea, salmon provides a kick of healthy fats and protein. Sear the fish in coconut milk mixed with turmeric for some more zing. Get the recipe here, via A Zesty Bite.

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