Summer may be coming to a close but there are still warm days ahead and plenty of opportunities to prepare my turmeric ‘iced” tea. Now, really any tea can be “iced”. It is just a matter of letting it cool after it is done steeping. This tea can also be consumed warm during the winter months when you need a pick-me-up. I consider this a healing remedy and regularly “prescribe” this tea to my clients when one is having inflammatory issues.
TURMERIC reigns as queen for it’s anti-inflammatory properties and numerous health benefits...and let me tell you why. One of the main components that makes turmeric amazing is curcumin. Curcumin has powerful medicinal properties. It contains high amounts of nutrients, antioxidants, anti inflammatory compounds, and phytonutrients that have been studied in depth especially for cancer prevention. Turmeric//Curcumin has also been studied and shown to improve symptoms of IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease), Crohn’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis and cystic fibrosis. It also helps with Alzheimer’s prevention. The list could go on and on but you get the picture. Turmeric//curcumin is amazing and should be incorporated in your diet often. Plus, curcumin is one of the most clinically studied compounds responsible in fighting inflammation. Because of this reason, curcumin is available in capsule form. Please speak with your physician or a qualified health professional (like me!) regarding the use of this supplement.
I use turmeric regularly in my cooking and I considered it to be in my top 5 spices that I could not live without. The flavor profile for turmeric is slightly earthy, spicy, and sometimes a bit bitter. I sprinkle it in teas, rice, potatoes, yogurt and fish. If you find turmeric a bit bitter or too spicy balance it out with a little sweetness.
Uses for TURMERIC
Sprinkle in teas/nut milks
TURMERIC “ICED” TEA
Author: Margot Witteveen, MS, RDN, LD
Recipe Type: drink
Prep time: 5- 10 min
Cook time: 45 mins (includes cool down)
A cool iced tea with benefits of turmeric. Perfect for a warm summer afternoon.
7 cups of filtered water
5-7 ginger coins, minced
3 lemons, juiced
3 tbs of honey
3 tbs of ground turmeric
1 tspn of coconut oil (optional)
5-7 basil leaves (optional)
Sliced oranges (optional)
In a small saucepan, bring water to boil, add ginger, lemon juice, honey and turmeric. Simmer for 10-15 minutes.
Once steeping has completed, strain ginger coins and basil if using.
Allow tea to cool.
Once cooled, enjoy at room temperature or pour over ice.
*For those who are on anticoagulants/antiplatelets (i.e. Plavix, Warafin) please speak with your physician before incorporating turmeric//curcumin into your daily regime. Turmeric, along with garlic, ginger, and ginseng can increase the risk of bleeding when mixed with these medications.
I challenge you to use turmeric in your daily cooking. Let us know at #SilverSpoonsNutrition how your use turmeric/curcumin.