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Posted on: July 12, 2015 at 11:50 pm
Last updated: October 12, 2018 at 10:18 am

By now you probably know how amazing turmeric is for your health. (If you don’t, you can read about some of its powerful properties here.)

But what you may not know is that eating more turmeric may not be enough to reap the benefits. The active ingredient in turmeric, called curcumin, is actually quite tough for your body to digest. So if you don’t eat the right foods in combination, it can actually pass through your system without ever being absorbed.

To stop that from happening you need to remember two things – pepper and healthy fats. Both have been shown to help boost the bioavailability of curcumin and the health benefits that you get.

Luckily, turmeric is commonly put into curries that contain fatty oils. Which is great, but if you don’t want to eat curry every night of the week (I probably could), you’ll need some other options. Here are several good ones, along with a couple good curry options too!

10 Recipes That Maximize Your Turmeric Absorption

1. Turmeric Spiced Kale Scramble

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These scrambled eggs are the perfect way to start off the day. The kale and eggs provide you with an abundance of nutrients, while the fat from the eggs and butter make sure your body can absorb as much curcumin as possible. Just make sure to use grass-fed butter and be sure to throw on some pepper.

2. Turmeric Mango Lassi With Coconut Yogurt

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If you don’t have time to make a scramble, however, you can make this healthy version of a mango lassi for the road. The coconut meat is full of healthy fats to supercharge the turmeric, and is also full of nutrients that are great for your skin.

3. Creamy Curried Cauliflower Soup

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This creamy soup contains both extra-virgin olive and pepper. Check and check. Plus it’s pretty simple to make and filled with other nutritious ingredients like garlic and onions. Perfect for lunch!

4. Sprouted Lentil Veggie Burger (Dairy-Free)

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But maybe you’re in the mood for a burger instead. This sprouted lentil veggie burger is a great option, which combines lentils, sweet potatoes, and the two most important ingredients – oil and pepper!

5. Ginger and Turmeric Pickles

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And why not enjoy that veggie burger with some turmeric pickles. Once again they’re made with extra-virgin olive oil and ginger, which is great for your digestion and metabolism.

6. Tropical Turmeric Protein Bites

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Or maybe you decided to have a light lunch, and are feeling peckish by the late afternoon. That’s where these turmeric protein bites come in handy. The coconut and cashews ensure that there’s healthy fats to go with the turmeric, while the protein ensures that you stay full until dinner.

7. Turmeric Juice Recipe

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Or maybe a juice is more your style. This one is great for cleaning out your system and boosting your metabolism. The recipe doesn’t call for healthy fats or pepper, but you can definitely experiment.

8. Ginger, Split Pea Vegetable Curry

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For dinner there’s always a curry option. Curries come in all different shapes and sizes. This one features split peas for protein and a medley of other vegetables. The recipe calls for canola oil, but I would use extra-virgin olive oil and would definitely include grass-fed butter for curcumin absorption, and to get that amazing rich texture.

9. Mixed Bean Masala With Fragrant Yellow Rice

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Or there’s this bean masala, though this recipe is really all about the yellow rice. I love yellow rice. The vibrant color the turmeric gives the rice is just so incredible. Combining the rice with a curry once again gives that perfect combination to maximize the benefits of turmeric.

10. Turmeric and Ginger Herbal Tea

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And what better way to end a long day then with a cup of herbal tea. The ginger and turmeric together are perfect for fighting inflammation. And be sure to use a nut milk or coconut milk rather than soy.

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