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Health Benefits of Turmeric

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Golden Milk Chia Seed Pudding

Ingredients

1/4 cup chia seeds
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp ginger powder
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
pinch of black pepper
1 crushed cardamom pod (optional)
1 cup plant based milk of choice
2 tbsp maple syrup
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

Whisk all the ingredients together in a bowl until smooth. Let sit on the counter for five minutes and then give it another whisk. Cover the bowl and place in the fridge for at least one hour, or overnight. (It’s best if you let it sit overnight!) Enjoy topped with fruit, or a sprinkle of cinnamon.

While most might view turmeric as just another spice in their cabinet, there’s more to this strange yellow spice than added flavor to our food. Turmeric, a spice native to Southeast Asia, is most commonly used in the United States in curries and other savory dishes, however, turmeric is also popular for its health benefits. Turmeric has natural anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that make it the perfect ingredient for those with allergies, digestive disorders, arthritis, respiratory infections, heart disease, and more.

Culinary medicine and obesity medicine specialist, Dr. Sarita Golikeri of TPMG Williamsburg Geriatrics & Lifestyle Medicine explains how you can spice up your diet with turmeric and improve your health.

Here are some easy ways to incorporate Turmeric into your everyday life:

1. Turmeric tea– may help ward off colds

2. Add to egg or tofu scrambles– an easy way to add without overpowering your palate

3. Anti-inflammatory salad dressing- adds flavor to your salad while offering health benefits

4. Add to roasted vegetables – may help absorb calcium from your vegetables- especially cruciferous vegetables

5. Add to rice or cauliflower rice – adds flavor and color

6. A wonderful addition to soups – with plenty of vegetables, you can increase the antioxidant benefits

Culinary Medicine Specialist

About Sarita Golikeri, MD, ABOM, CCMS

Certified Geriatric and Culinary Medicine Specialist, Sarita Golikeri, MD, ABOM, CCMS, seeks to prevent and manage chronic disease and promote healthy lifestyles through cooking. Her primary focus is weight management and nutrition. Dr. Golikeri treats patients for diabetes, hypertension, dementia, high cholesterol, asthma, and obesity. She believes it’s better to prevent problems than to treat them. Dr. Golikeri joined TPMG Colonial Family Medicine in 2014 and opened her own practice, TPMG Williamsburg Geriatrics and Lifestyle Medicine in 2019.

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