The Fascinating History of Turmeric

5 Unexpected Ideas for Using Turmeric Indian saffron spices


Like many spices, turmeric (Curcuma longa) has a long and rich history of use. Also known as “Indian saffron,” the story of turmeric dates back nearly 4,000 years. It is one of the key ingredients used in Ayurveda — a traditional Indian healing practice that translates to “science of life.” Ancient Ayurvedic healers referred to turmeric as jayanti, meaning “one who is victorious over diseases.”

Indeed, turmeric — and especially its main active compound, curcumin — has long been recognized for its wellness benefits.* Turmeric has primarily been studied for its natural anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, which may help decrease the risk of disease.*

While turmeric is best known for adding vibrant golden color to curries and other Indian cuisine, there are an abundance of ways to get more turmeric into your diet. Simply add an Organic Turmeric Single Sips® packet to your beverage or dish, and enjoy. Below, discover our favorite unexpected ways to use turmeric. 

1. Nutty Golden Milk

Not only do almonds contain protein, but they are a source of melatonin and magnesium as well. In this flavorful recipe, they provide a satisfying twist to a centuries-old Ayurvedic recipe: the golden milk latte. To prepare nutty golden milk, blend ¾ cup milk or nut milk, ½ Organic Turmeric Single Sip, 1 teaspoon creamy almond butter and honey (to taste) in a mug. Heat until warm, and stir one more time before sipping.

2. Turmeric Scrambled Eggs

Supercharge your scrambled eggs with a burst of vibrant golden color, earthy flavor and antioxidant benefits. To make turmeric scrambled eggs, simply whisk 2 eggs and 1 teaspoon of powder from an Organic Turmeric Single Sip together in a bowl before adding the mixture to a hot pan and cooking normally. Add spinach, kale, tomatoes or other vegetables for an additional dose of nutrients.

3. Golden Oats

Start your day on the right note with golden milk overnight oats. This healthful recipe could not be simpler: combine oats, milk, one Organic Turmeric Single Sip and honey in a jar, and allow the mixture to sit overnight in the fridge. In the morning, top with your desired fruits, nuts or other toppings and enjoy. This is a healthful and delicious breakfast that will not take time away from your morning routine.

4. Turmeric Banana “Nice Cream”

“Nice cream” is a vegan dessert made of frozen bananas that resembles soft serve ice cream. Additional ingredients — such as chocolate, peanut butter, vanilla or strawberries — can be mixed in to create your ideal flavor profile. To prepare this turmeric banana nice cream recipe, simply place frozen ripe bananas, an Organic Turmeric Single Sip and honey into a blender. Blend until the mixture resembles soft serve ice cream. Move the mixture into a container, place it in the freezer and allow it to chill until it reaches the desired consistency.

5. Turmeric Rice or Quinoa

Turmeric delivers anti-inflammatory benefits, flavor and visual appeal to cooked grains such as rice and quinoa. Simply stir one to two teaspoons of powder from an Organic Turmeric Single Sip into three cups of cooked grains. The quinoa or rice will take on the vibrant golden color of the turmeric powder, providing a beautiful contrast to the meats or vegetables it is served with.

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