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Posts Tagged ‘anti-inflammatory foods’

Turmeric – Flavor With Benefits

Posted by terrepruitt on April 12, 2012

When I wrote the post regarding anti-inflammatory foods, I decided to buy some Turmeric.  At the time I was not able to claim knowing what it tasted like.  I figured since it was used a lot in curries I would be ok with it.  I thought that it would be a good thing to add to our diet.  Since there are so many things that work as an inflammatory, I am always trying to add anti-inflammatory foods and ingredients into our diet.  I wasn’t sure exactly how to use it, but I was wanting to give it a go.  Turmeric has been used in food and as medicine for centuries.  Seems like the West is doing a lot of research to see what health benefits it has.

According to the University of Maryland Medical Center:  “Turmeric has been used in both Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine as an anti-inflammatory, to treat digestive and liver problems, skin diseases, and wounds.  Curcumin is also a powerful antioxidant.”

Remember Curcumin is the phytochemcial that give turmeric its color.

And Eat This! has a list of 20 Health Benefits contributed to Turmeric including;

-When combined with cauliflower, it has shown to prevent prostate cancer and stop the growth of existing prostate cancer.

-Has shown promise in slowing the progression of multiple sclerosis in mice.

-May aid in fat metabolism and help in weight management.

Well, I’ve had it for a while now and I really like the flavor.  I’ve added it to soups, to veggies, and to meat.  You know my standard ground turkey and whatever veggies I have?  Well, it really makes that taste wonderful.  I had cooked broccoli, mushrooms, and ground turkey for dinner a few nights ago, today I decided to have the leftovers in a tortilla.  Since we have a few cucumbers I decided to use some up by slicing it really thin and putting it in the tortilla with the meat and a bit of parmesan cheese.  WOW!  The turmeric and the cucumbers were a party-in-my-mouth flavor.  It was really good.  So now I am going to serve cucumbers with my turmeric ground turkey.  Many people can describe flavors, I can sometimes, but I cannot describe the flavor or turmeric.  I would say that it is somewhat mellow so it won’t necessary overpower what you are using it with.  It is not hot or bitter.  I think it can be used with anything savory.     
 
Dance Exercies, Nia, Nia Campbell, Campbell Nia, Nia classes in Campbell, evening Nia, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia,Wiki says “it has a distinctly earthy, slightly bitter, slightly hot peppery flavor and a mustardy smell” but I don’t agree.  Maybe I will give it the mustardy smell, but not off the top of my head.

But there is a problem with turmeric.  It dyes everything yellow!  I now have several bowls and utensils dyed yellow because I used them to stir, serve, or store something with turmeric in it.  It is just as bad as tomato sauce when it comes to dying things!

I am familiar with turmeric in its powdered form, but it is a root like ginger, so if you get it in root form you can use it just as you would ginger.  You could chop it, grate it, cut it up . . . the same as ginger. 

If you like the flavor it seems like a great thing to add to just about everything.   Since it is touted as an anti-inflammatory, an antioxidant, help in the treatment of  inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), helps treat the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, improves liver function, prevents some cancers, lowers cholesterol, helps treat and prevent Alzheimer’s, reduces risk of childhood Leukemia among other things — why not add it to things?

Do you cook with Turmeric?  If so what do you add it to?

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Stock, Broth, Bouillon Cubes

Posted by terrepruitt on September 27, 2011

I have posted a lot about soup because a friend showed me how to use the stick blender to make soups.  I fell in love with blended vegetable soups.  Recently I posted about soup that my friend had made me.  In addition to sharing that wonderful recipe with me she also shared a broth secret.  I used to buy the bouillon cubes.  They are so convenient because they are always there when you need them.  Then due to the ingredients (partially hydrogenated oil) I started buying the boxes of broth.  But those are somewhat very inconvenient because what I have experienced is that the box is one measurement and I usually need a different measurement to make the soup.  So basically I often need only a portion of the box for soup.  It is unfortunate to have a half used box of broth in the fridge.  When I was at my friend’s house she asked me if I knew about “Better Than Bouillon”.  I had not.

Nia class, Nia teacher, Nia workout, Nia dance, Nia cardio dance workoutIt is a jar of bouillon concentrate.  Just like juice concentrate you mix it with water.  It is brilliant because you can make as much as you need.  I was so happy to learn of this.  I know, I know, I am probably late in this lesson, but I didn’t know.  I purchased the chicken base which has:

Chicken Meat with Natural Juices, Salt, Organic, Cane Juice Solids, Maltodextrin (from corn), Chicken Fat, Yeast Extract, Natural Flavors, Dried Onion, Potato Flour, Spice Extractives, and Turmeric .

I know a lot of these ingredients would not be found in fresh homemade chicken stock, but stock is not one thing that I am inclined to make.  I know it is easy and I know many people do make it, but I’m not one of them.  Maybe eventually if I continue to make a lot of soup I will start making my own stock, but not at this point in time.

I was happy to see “Better Than Bouillon” chicken base has turmeric in it.  Remember turmeric one of the anti-inflammatory foods.

I do still like the box broth so I will continue to buy it and use it.  But now I can use a combination of stocks and broths which will enable me to keep my fridge empty of a half used box of stock.  With the jar of bouillon, one teaspoon combined with 8 ounces water equals 8 ounces of liquid broth or one cube (which is added to 8 ounces of water also).

My husband and I have been waiting for the cold weather to come so that we can have soup.  When I first met him his thought was, “Soup is not food.”  But I once made a really hearty potato cheese soup that made him change his mind.  He also likes all the other soups that I have been making even though they are pureed vegetables.  I am fortunate that he is so kind to let me experiment with different veggies and combinations.  So far he has eaten them all.  So, c’mon cold weather, get here so we can eat soup!

Did you know about this jar of bouillon?  I am really excited about it.  You know by now when I learn something and I get excited about it, I have to post about it!

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Anti-Inflammation Foods

Posted by terrepruitt on November 2, 2010

I did a post on inflammation, listing a few things that might contribute to chronic inflammation. A state that stresses the delicate balance of the body. It really seems as if overly processed foods and fast foods are the culprits which is just more reasons to avoid foods of that nature. There are some foods that studies have shown that help fight inflammation, foods we can call “anti-inflammation foods” per se.

Omega 3 oil cold water fish (salmon, mackerel, anchovies, herring, sardines)

Grass feed beef

Sweet potatoes

Onions

Olive oil

Hemp Oil

Broccoli

Cauliflower

Brussels sprouts

Kale

Cherries

Blue berries

Mangos

Turmeric

Ginger

Garlic

Cinnamon

Apples

Red grapes

Carrots

Green leafy vegetables; dark green leaf lettuce, spinach, collard greens, turnip greens, mustard greens.

Now please keep in mind this is just a partial list. Everyone is different and with so many different bodies, one needs to take what they read and realize that it will not work for everyone. You have to work on yourself and your own diet. See how you feel when you cut some of the “inflammatory foods” out of your diet and add some of the “anti-inflammatory” foods in.

I teach Nia classes because I believe, in addition to food that helps, movement/exercise/being active helps.  I want to help people.

Again food that might help the immune system balance itself and not react with inflammation, something worth thinking about.

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