Friday, July 24, 2015

Spice it up Right !

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Need a new flavor to "SPICE" up an old recipe ? Trying new flavors can unleash a new aspect on that boring chicken meal and create something delicious. One spice I want to share is Tumeric. The active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin which gives it that mustard color hue.
Curcumin is best known for helping the low-grade inflammation in the body that many people consider on of the chronic ailments including heart disease, memory loss, arthritis and diabetes. The natural anti-inflammatory action of turmeric may also help waylay post-workout muscle soreness allowing you get back on the gym floor quicker.
Curcumin can keep your heart in optimal shape is by increasing the dilation of blood vessels thereby allowing more blood flow to the heart much the same way that regular bouts of aerobic exercise does. Curcumin’s anti-aging prowess also extends to its ability to kill off cancerous cells and improve brain functioning to warding off Alzheimer's disease.
So how do you incorporate this spice into your food prep?Turmeric is also a main spice in various curry powder mixtures. I have a few awesome ideas for you to try out.
First you can sprinkle turmeric on cauliflower florets before roasting or you can blend into dips like hummus. If you want your morning to start with a kick stir into scrambled eggs or add it to your lunch for a spicy tuna salad.
For a protein-packed snack, simmer frozen shelled edamame until tender and then season with turmeric and a pinch of salt.
For a healing drink, heat almond milk in a saucepan until warm to the touch and then stir in 1/2 teaspoon each turmeric and cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon ginger powder and honey to taste.
Other common things that Tumeric is great for besides cooking are:
-It's a natural liver detoxifier which is great for the internal functioning of your body.
-It aslo may aid in fat metabolism and help in weight management.
-Speeds up wound healing and assists in remodeling of damaged skin.
-It's a natural pain killer
Tumeric can be taken as a pill or in a spice form and you can generally find it at the local grocery store ! Try it out and see the amazing effects it has !

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