Spice up your smoothie

14.05.14 Eat, Learn Blog SumoSalad
Turmeric Pete Evans

What is a superfood?

As a chef, I get asked this question a lot. You might think my answer would be fresh blueberries, broccoli or a handful of chia seeds. But while these are definitely in the superfood category, my mind immediately goes in a more unexpected direction.

The spice Turmeric is not just a superfood; it’s a super-duper food. Inexpensive, full of medicinal properties and unparalleled in its value to human health and wellbeing, turmeric has been woven into numerous cuisines and cultures for millennia.

There are more than 5000 scientific papers on this pungent powerhouse of a spice and over 600 potential health benefits which include destroying drug resistant cancer, banishing cancer stems, protecting against heavy metal toxicity and preventing Alzheimer’s to name just a few.

There are millions of different ways you can prepare and eat food. What you choose to put on the end of your fork or pick up with your chop sticks can vary dramatically in health benefits and some foods can act like a medicine for your body.

To get the most out of turmeric, buy it fresh or dried and try incorporating it into your morning smoothie or juice. My favourite juice is made from lemon, grapefruit, lime, turmeric, a touch of clove, some filtered water or coconut water and perhaps a little honey for sweetness.

If you prefer a more hearty meal now there is a chill in the air, then curries, tagines, laksa, soups and braises definitely hit the spot when it comes to incorporating turmeric into your daily or weekly diet.

Enjoy experimenting with turmeric in the kitchen and let me know how you go. And one final important tip to remember – wear some rubber gloves if you don’t want yellow over everything!

Pete Evans

POSTED BY: Pete Evans

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