I am fascinated with the function of food as medicine and I am always looking for a natural food or herb to solve my common ailments. I once attended a nutrition workshop and the registered dietician that was teaching explained that kitchen herbs and spices are like “free medicine”. They contain virtually zero calories for huge health benefits.
Turmeric is a natural anti-inflammatory and the benefits seem to be endless! I love consuming this herb as often as possible because I swear it helps with sore muscles. Here is a credible site that explains a bit more about this herb: http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/turmeric
And here is a recipe for an Indian yogurt-based drink called a lassi. This is my favorite turmeric recipe because you can really taste the flavor of the herb, which is subtle and usually lost in other savory dishes. I often change this recipe by adding whatever fruit or greens I have on hand. Occasionally I add too much turmeric or ginger and it needs a little sweetness, but I leave the honey out when possible (just taste the drink before adding honey). I followed this recipe the first time I made this drink and it was delicious. Now when I make it I just eyeball all of the ingredients and it still comes out well.
- 1 cup plain yogurt
- 1 inch cube fresh ginger (grated with microplane)
- Juice of half a lemon
- 1 frozen banana
- 1-3 teaspoons turmeric
- Splash of milk (I usually use almond or coconut)
- Optional: honey (for sweetness), ice cubes, greens (spinach, kale, beet greens), fruit