September 9, 2015
Turmeric, in all its beautiful yellow glory, is amazing for our health. This powerful antioxidant has been shown to reduce inflammation, and is a great addition to our daily diet. It can also be supplemented with curcumin, the active component within turmeric that gives it the beautiful rich colour it is known for. Research shows that in order to get the most benefit from turmeric or curcumin, however, it is important to add black pepper to the mix. A chemical within black pepper, called piperine, is known to increase the bioavailability (the amount of a nutrient our bodies can actually absorb and use) of turmeric up to 200 times.
1In a medium stock pot, on medium heat, add in oil, onions, garlic and spices, using only half of the ginger. Let sauté until fragrant and onions are translucent.
2Add chopped squash and water. Water should almost cover the vegetables, so if more is needed than originally called for add until roughly 3/4 covered. Mix throughly to avoid sticking on the bottom, bring to a boil then cover and reduce heat and simmer until vegetables are fork tender.
3Add in the coconut milk and remaining ginger. Season with salt and fresh cracked black pepper.
4Remove from heat and puree until smooth with an emersion blender. If needed, additional stock or water can be added to achieve the desired consistency.
5Serve with a dollop of plain yogurt or a swirl of coconut milk and some fresh black pepper.
Inflammation in the body is a necessary biological reaction, without it, our bodies would not function properly. However, when inflammation becomes chronic, which often occurs due to high stress, eating refined foods, and choosing unhealthy lifestyles, the anti-inflammatory potential of certain foods and lifestyle choices becomes paramount to preventative health.
By incorporating turmeric into your daily diet, you can help to prevent various diseases such as cancer, heart disease and Alzheimer's disease. Try the following recipe, or sprinkle turmeric onto popcorn, soups, and sauces. It gives a beautiful colour, and the flavour is not overpowering. Don’t forget to crack on some fresh black pepper!
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