Turmeric is one of the most underrated ingredients out there! It has a ton of health benefits and it adds a comforting flavor to all your favorite recipes; it works perfectly on meat and fish as well as veggies.
This herb is also recognized for its ability to nourish the skin and hair. Sites like Pinterest are full of DIY turmeric masks for nourished, glowing skin and strong, glossy hair. I rounded up my go-to recipes and masks because I want all my readers to love turmeric as much as I do! You will quickly realize it is *such* an easy ingredient to add to your lifestyle.
Turmeric latte recipe
Turmeric lattes are an easy and healthy treat to make at home. Naturally sweetened and warm, a turmeric latte is a comforting way to consume vital nutrients and nourish your body from the inside, out.
- 1 cup unsweetened almond or coconut milk (or 1/2 cup almond milk + 1/2 cup coconut milk)
- 2 tablespoons ground turmeric
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 2 teaspoons coconut oil
- 1 pinch black pepper
- Raw honey to taste
Step 1: Warm milk in a saucepan; do not boil.
Step 2: Add turmeric, cinnamon and ginger. Stir continuously.
Step 3: Once mixed evenly, combine coconut oil and black pepper with the mixture. Continue to stir and heat until melted.
Step 4: With a wire whisk, create the frothy consistency of a latte. Stir until heated through.
Step 5: Pour in a mug, then add honey to taste. Top with ground cinnamon or garnish with a cinnamon stick.
Turmeric veggie bowl recipe
When I was away at college and had little time, money and energy to cook for myself, I always turned to various quinoa-veggie bowls with turmeric. Protein-packed quinoa and chickpeas, and fibrous veggies like broccoli and cauliflower are super filling, while turmeric provides essential nutrients and simple spices like garlic and chili powder bring some life to the dish.
This recipe requires little cleanup and it’s easy to make in bulk–perfect for anyone with a busy lifestyle and low budget who likes to stay healthy.
- 1/2 cup chickpeas, rinsed and drained
- 1/2 cup raw broccoli florets, rinsed
- 1/2 cup qunioa
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 tablespoons ground turmeric
- Pink Himalayan salt to taste
- Garlic powder to taste
- Chili powder to taste
Step 1: In a small pot, heat 1 cup water and bring to a boil. Once boiling, add quinoa and reduce to a simmer. Cook until almost all the water boils out.
Step 2: While qunioa cooks, add chickpeas, broccoli florets and olive oil to a large mixing bowl. Mix until the olive oil is evenly distributed.
Step 3: Coat mixture in the ground turmeric, then pour onto a baking sheet and distribute evenly. Cook at 425 farenheit for 5-10 minutes.
Step 4: Pour the quinoa into a bowl. Mix in salt, garlic powder and chili powder to taste (you can also add a little low-sodium soy sauce). Top with cooked chickpeas and broccoli.
To make this dish more filling, you can add black beans, shelled edamame, roasted kale or any other roasted veggies you’d like! When I make it in bulk, I store the cooked ingredients in separate containers, then mix some of each together when I’m ready to eat.
DIY turmeric face mask
Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, Turmeric is ideal for treating acne, dry skin, psoriasis and eczema. It also exfoliates the skin to improve texture and reduce pigmentation, evening skin’s tone. Turmeric is high in natural antioxidants that slow down cell damage and may even reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
- 2 tablespoons ground oats
- 1 teaspoon turmeric
- 3 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt
- 3-4 drops raw honey
Mix ingredients together throughly, then apply a thin and even layer to the face. Let dry for 20 minutes, then rinse with warm water. Scrub gently to exfoliate. Pat the skin dry, then finish with your moisturizer of choice.
DIY turmeric hair mask
- Equal parts turmeric and honey OR equal parts turmeric and olive oil
Mix ingredients together thoroughly until a thick paste is formed. Apply an even layer all over your scalp and roots. Massage the scalp, then let the mixture soak for 1-2 hours. Rinse with lukewarm water, then wash and condition your hair as usual.
What are your favorite ways to use turmeric? Definitely let me know in the comments below, or hit me up on any of my social media! 🙂