This Tangy Turmeric Dressing Will Brighten Your Day

By Cindy Cotte Griffiths, last updated 5/9/14 07:01am

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Your diet can help fight disease rather than cause it. Recipes like this one will make you look forward to healthy eating.

Inflammation is our body's response to stress. Over the years, chronic Inflammation can cause disease especially arthritis, certain cancers, cardiovascular problems, and even Alzheimer's. Everyone knows that we need to reduce the stress in our lives. I teach yoga and meditation so people can learn how to relax and feel better.

Many studies have shown that certain foods can help reduce inflammation too. Dark leafy vegetables such as spinach, kale, broccoli, and collard greens contain phytochemicals, natural chemicals in plants that help reduce inflammation. Other foods including whole grains, garlic, onions, olive oil, ginger, turmeric, berries, and tart cherries are also believed to help.

I'm always looking for ways to add a bunch of these foods to my diet each day and discovered this recipe for turmeric dressing. If you want fresh turmeric, MOM's Organic Market carries it when they can get it.

Turmeric, which gives curry its yellow color, turns off NF-kappa B, a protein that regulates the immune system and has been found to trigger inflammation. Combining this dressing with leafy greens will double the anti-inflammatory punch.

Tangy Turmeric Dressing Recipe
2 tbsp of olive oil
2 lemons (juice and zest)
ΒΌ of an avocado
1 clove of garlic (minced)
1 tbsp of honey
1 2-3 inch turmeric root (2-3 tbsp grated)
sea salt to taste
at least 2 tbsp of water (until the dressing has the consistency you desire).

This recipe is worth the preparation time. After my first lunchtime, I saved the extra in a honey jar and enjoyed the burst of sunny flavor on a few more salads.

Filed under Fitness & Health, Food: organic, local, sustainably produced

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