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Trying Turmeric Tea

Sunday, November 17, 2013

I've wanted to incorporate turmeric into my diet for a while, mostly for the anti-inflammatory benefits - but also it is reported to help or prevent conditions from Alzheimer's, arthritis, some cancers, colds, infections of several types, liver problems just to name a few.

There's a lot of info. out there on the benefits of turmeric. Here's just one link:

I looked at turmeric supplements because I'm not a huge fan of curry which is what comes to my mind when I think of cooking with turmeric. I've had some good curry, but it's just ok and never something I really think of eating so I can't imagine eating enough curry to make a difference. I'm also not a big supplementer. I try hard to meet my nutrient needs with foods but I haven't been able to figure out how to get a daily dose of turmeric. I considered swallowing a tsp a day but...ewww.

While searching recipes, I found a recipe for Turmeric Tea. The appeal being that it couldn't be so bad that I wouldn't be able to chug it down on a regular basis.

It turns out it is pretty good and I might even say I liked it. I think it was sort of like a chai latte (thought I haven't had chai latte enough to say for sure) and it was sort of soothing. I look forward to playing with the ingredients to find just the right combo for us.

Turmeric Tea Recipe
1 cup almond milk (or other milk of choice)
.5 tsp ground turmeric (I hope to find fresh turmeric roots to use in the future)
5 grams grated fresh ginger root
2 dashes of fresh ground black pepper
1 dash cayenne pepper
.25 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp honey (I'll use less in the future but I wanted to make sure it was palatable this first try)

Warm milk. Mix the rest of the ingredients in a cup. Add part of the warm milk to the mixed ingredients and whisk until smooth. Add the rest of the milk, stir and enjoy. You can strain any solids. Hubby gave this first attempt a whirl in the blender for us.

(color in photo is a little off due to shadows but it is similar)

Let me know if you have some less curry-tasting recipes using turmeric. And let me know if you try the turmeric tea.
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  • GERIART3331
    Your Turmeric Tea sounds good. The Ginger will give us energy and both have anti inflammatory properties, also, help with all the symptoms you mentioned. Plus this Tea will keep our Immune system healthy.

    Great choice, while losing weight and exercising we must do all we can to keep our bodies healthy. And this is a great way to achieve it.

    Love your Artistic background on this page. Looks like artistic Glassware.

    1398 days ago
  • _JODI404
    I totally cannot stand curry. I've read great things about the benefits of turmeric, so that's great that you are liking it. Every healthy change moves us in a positive direction!


    1410 days ago
    I love turmeric! I put it on a lot of stuff, like stirfry veggies and lentil dishes. But also, because of the bright yellow color, for some reason my brain interprets the flavor as "belonging" with a lot of things I would put butter on. So, turmeric and parmesan and a little butter spray or olive oil on broccoli or cauliflower, turmeric sprinkled on a baked potato, turmeric sprinkled into casseroles (like rice dishes, etc).
    1439 days ago
    Hmmmmm. I do happen to like curry (especially Thai curry--not as fond of the yellow kind). Nevertheless, I have to say I'm not sure about using it in tea though I do like the other spices in your recipe. I skimmed through the article and noticed the digestive benefits. I have acid reflux, so I wonder how it would help. May give this a try.

    Thanks for sharing!
    1439 days ago
    We use turmeric all the time as we spend 1/4 of each year in India and it has influenced our cooking in the States. You don't have to use curry powder to get turmeric. We add a pinch of turmeric powder to stir-fried veggies. I must admit, I'm having a hard time wrapping my mind around turmeric tea!
    1449 days ago
    I have heard of the benefits of turmeric, but I have to be honest...that doesn't *look* that appetizing! :D Now I know it might taste great, and I hope that it does. I sure do appreciate your adventuresome nature - wish I was more like that! I've had a chai latte (made with tea bag bought in the store), I wonder if I just added turmeric to it - would you notice it much?
    1460 days ago
    I have never tiered it, but it sounds very interesting.
    I might give it a try for the holidays.
    1460 days ago
  • KANOE10
    It sound wonderful. almond milk is good for you. Thanks for sharing.
    1460 days ago
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