The benefits of turmeric and ginger are endless… and for us melanin beauties, it has benefits way beyond than what we can just see. Ginger and turmeric play major parts in eliminating inflammation, increasing cognition, preventing cancer, strengthening the immune system and easing gastrointestinal distress. Think that’s good enough? There’s more… It also aids in protecting the heart, regulates diabetes, soothes pain, counters depression and improves skin quality.
Think you don’t need it? Think again. Check out how I incorporate these raw gems into my daily diet:
This may be the easiest option when it comes to getting in the nutritional benefits of ginger and turmeric. Both in powder form pair well with savory and sweet dishes. Ginger is great with garlic so veggies like broccoli, green beans and spinach make for a great combination with the two. However, my favorite thing to eat is sweet potatoes. They have a duality that other vegetables simply can’t compare to. When I want something savory, I chop it up into fries, sprinkle my turmeric powder, garlic, paprika, cayenne pepper and sea salt over them. Then I drizzle olive oil and honey over them to make it crisp and sweet. Try it and you’ll be making a batch every day!
When I want to not think twice about getting in the amazing goodness of ginger, I’ll incorporate it into my water! I chop and crush raw ginger lengthwise, add it to my water cup, then top it off with mint leaves. The infusion of the two is a crisp and refreshing change to your taste buds.
Nothing is better than starting your day on the right foot. When you want to get your blood flowing and pack in the nutrients earlier in your day, try a morning smoothie. In a glass blender, I drop in pineapples, bananas, spinach, raw ginger, raw turmeric, chia seeds, ice, and water. Blend it up and voila!
This one is for my tea lovers! Can I just say, I love tea! It can calm your nerves, give you beautiful aromas while flushing your system all at the same time. I brew my favorite tea, which is actually a ginger and peach tea, chop up a few raw pieces of turmeric and ginger, then drop them in the hot tea. The juices from the raw ginger and turmeric release into the boiling hot water and finishes will with honey!
Coffee or Steamed Milk
When I first thought of raw ginger and turmeric with coffee or milk, I thought ewww. However, I recently came across, literally a bag of gold called Golde. It’s a tonic blend of grounded turmeric with creamy coconut, ginger, cinnamon, cardamom and black pepper. All organic too! I often frequent Starbucks and I soon found myself ordering steamed almond milk, adding a few teaspoons of this glow-up in a bag then reaping all the benefits later!
How will you incorporate ginger and turmeric into your daily diet?