Health and wellness programs use healthy spices because you won’t be on the healthy eating bandwagon long eating bland food. Remember that salt is not the only spice. There are many others to choose from and some have pretty amazing health benefits. Turmeric is one of those spices.

Health and Wellness Programs Use Spices Liberally

 

Health and wellness programs use spices like turmeric not only for its flavor, but also for its health benefits. You’re probably familiar with turmeric as the spice that gives curry dishes that bright yellow hue. If you’ve never seen it in its natural state, it looks a lot like ginger, except when you peel the skin it’s a bright orange color inside.

What you probably don’t know is that curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, has an amazing array of health benefits.

 

Health and Wellness Programs Use Turmeric for Its Health Benefits

 

Why this sudden interest in turmeric? Its active ingredient is curcumin, which is responsible for its yellow pigment. For centuries, turmeric has been used in Indian medicine for its anti-oxidant, antiseptic, analgesic, antimalarial and anti-inflammatory properties. Its wide-ranging health benefits have been documented in hundreds of studies. Turmeric truly is a “functional food.”

Eating curry powder or taking curcumin supplements has been shown to improve cognitive performance, alleviate the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome and ulcerative colitis, and to relieve the pain and inflammation associated with diabetes and osteoarthritis of the knee.

Curcumin is effective in treating mental health illnesses such as major depressive disorder.

In a study of postmenopausal women, consumption of curcumin, along with aerobic exercise, lessened the risk of heart disease due to its powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative effects.

Turmeric also has anticancer effects. It has demonstrated effectiveness in preventing or treating colorectal cancer, head and neck cancers, advanced pancreatic cancer, and in reducing in the rate of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) increase among men with prostate cancer.

 

Turmeric Roasted Cauliflower Soup

 

If you haven’t jumped on the turmeric bandwagon yet, this soup is a great place to start. You might want to reserve some of the roasted cauliflower as a garnish for the soup. You can make this soup in as little as 45 minutes.

Ingredients: (4 Servings)

• 6 heaping cups cauliflower florets (from 1-1/2 pound cauliflower) cut into 1-inch florets
• 3 garlic cloves
• 2 tbsp olive oil, plus 1 teaspoon
• 1 teaspoon turmeric
• 1 teaspoon cumin
• 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, optional
• 1/2 tsp kosher salt, to taste
• 1 medium chopped onion
• 3 cups vegetable broth
• 1/4 cup full fat canned coconut milk, shaken well
• 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 450°F. Smash the garlic cloves with the side of the knife.

2. Place the cauliflower florets and smashed garlic in a large bowl and drizzle with 2 tablespoons olive oil. Shake the bowl a few times to coat the cauliflower evenly with the oil.

3. In a small bowl combine the turmeric, cumin, salt and crushed red pepper flakes. Sprinkle evenly over cauliflower, tossing well to coat evenly.

4. Place the cauliflower on a large rimmed baking sheet and bake in the center of the oven until browned and tender, about 25-30 minutes, turning the florets occasionally so they are evenly cooked. Reserve 1 cup.

5. Meanwhile, heat a medium pot over medium heat, add 1 teaspoon oil and onion and cook until translucent, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add the broth and transfer the remaining roasted cauliflower to the pot, bring to a boil and cook covered on low 15 minutes.

6. Use a hand blender (or regular blender carefully in batches) and blend until smooth. Salt to taste as needed, stir in coconut milk and serve topped with roasted cauliflower and cilantro with additional coconut milk for drizzling if desired.

7. Makes 4 1/2 cups.

 

Nutrition Information (per serving)

Calories: 159 calories
Total Fat: 10.5g
Carbs: 14g
Fiber: 5g
Protein: 4g

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