Funky Super Foods: Turmeric will brighten your day AND ease your pain! (part 4)

More than a pretty spice, turmeric has talents that extend far beyond curry; it’s SUPER healthy and kicking up the flavor in other unexpected ways below.

Check out this looooong list of issues that turmeric helps alleviate, according to WebMD:

Turmeric is used for arthritis, heartburn (dyspepsia), joint pain, stomach pain, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, bypass surgery, hemorrhage, diarrhea, intestinal gas, stomach bloating, loss of appetite, jaundice, liver problems, Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infection, stomach ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), gallbladder disorders, high cholesterol, a skin condition called lichen planus, skin inflammation from radiation treatment, and fatigue.
It is also used for headaches, bronchitis, colds, lung infections, fibromyalgia, leprosy, fever, menstrual problems, itchy skin, recovery after surgery, and cancers. Other uses include depression, Alzheimer’s disease, swelling in the middle layer of the eye (anterior uveitis), diabetes, water retention, worms, an autoimmune disease called systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), tuberculosis, urinary bladder inflammation, and kidney problems.
Some people apply turmeric to the skin for pain, ringworm, sprains and swellings, bruising, leech bites, eye infections, acne, inflammatory skin conditions and skin sores, soreness inside of the mouth, infected wounds and gum disease.

I mean, seriously! You kind of need to be some sort of super-human to not see a reason to make this part of your daily regimen! We’ve been chowing down on this super spice at my house and loving every minute. Below are some great recipes to check out that we enjoyed; I used freshly grated turmeric in all the recipes, but you certainly don’t have to. (I really just wanted an excuse to play around with the spice.)

Lemon Ginger Turmeric Tea

This fantastic, light-up-your-tastebuds beverage eases your belly stress and simultaneously tastes delicious! Keep this one handy as we head into flu season.

I tried it both hot and cold, and personally preferred the “hot”. Full disclosure, I immediately thought some ginger rum would compliment this nicely (sort of a superfood Moscow mule?), but alas, we had none. If you have some on hand and give it a try, please let me know your thoughts!

Nutritional info (based on 4 servings): Calories 68, Fat .3 g, Saturated Fat 0 g, Carbohydrates 20 g, Dietary Fiber 8.5g, Sugars 6.6 g, Protein .7 g

No time to boil water? Get some easy mix in turmeric here

Turmeric Hummus

The Minimalist Baker knows where it’s at with this awesome concoction!

In addition to a great appetizer, it paired very well on a sandwich I made with baby kale and leftover Sticky Chickie (recipe below).

Nutritional Info (2 Tbsp) Calories: 98 Fat: 5.5 g Saturated fat: 0.7 g Carbohydrates: 9.9 g Sugar: 1.6 g Fiber: 3 g Protein: 3.5 g

Weeknight Red Curry

Simple, home-cooked and savory meal in under an hour? Yes, please!

This dish is a real keeper. The whole family loved it, single-bowl-style (e.g. no segregated noodles, fish, & broccoli on a plate) the boys loved it all mixed together!

Jonas came up with the idea of throwing in some shrimp, because, well, shrimp! (And he’s got a 30-year-olds palette trapped in an 8-year-old body.) We added a 1/2 lb and it was super tasty.

Nutritional info: Calories 440, Fat 31 g, Saturated Fat 20 g, Carbohydrates 19 g, Dietary Fiber 6 g, Sugars 5 g, Protein 26 g

Sticky Chickie

Easy, on hand ingredients, and satisfying. Get ready to put this one in the regular rotation, folks.

The boys kept coming back for seconds, and thirds…. As recommended within some of the comments in the Simply Delicious page, we added in soy sauce (tamari) and a bit of ginger to the glaze – so good.

Nutritional info (2 thighs): Calories 267, Fat 6.8 g, Saturated Fat 0 g, Carbohydrates 19.5 g, Dietary Fiber .6 g, Sugars 17.8 g, Protein 36 g

What other tasty dishes have you tried with turmeric? Please share any tasty secrets!


Funky Super Foods – Get Tight and Get it Right with Collagen (Part 3)

Collagen was actually the reason I wanted to start this super food mini series. I love this stuff! Finally an awesome replacement for protein powder that isn’t full of whey (which so many of us have a hard time digesting), unpronounceable ingredients, and most importantly – doesn’t taste like chalk.

Collagen can be found naturally in the body’s muscles, skin, and bones, and makes up about 30% percent of your total body mass. As we age, our collagen production slows by about 1% per year starting at age 20. Sound like around the time you saw your first wrinkle? Yeah – not a coincidence. As we lose collagen, wrinkles become more prominent, joints start to make that snap, crackle, pop noise and hair starts to thin. Which is why many people are looking to boost up their body’s collagen levels, and how I stumbled upon it.

I initially learned about the benefits of collagen when I was doing research on how to get my stomach to tighten back up after having two babies grow in my short-waisted body that expanded my poor belly out further than I ever thought humanely possible. I’d heard of great results and it seemed pretty easy to give it a go (it basically dissolves in anything – hot or cold). Alas, things often don’t ‘bounce back’ as quickly as we want them to and knew I wasn’t willing to go under a knife to improve results on a little extra skin. But after a solid dedication to strength training AND adding collagen into my diet, I’m proud to say you can’t tell the difference between my stomach and a fit woman who hasn’t given birth. No gimmicks, no doctors, no diet drama. Just hard work and this molecule made up of more than 1,000 amino acids.

Take note! When you purchase the powder, it’s important to know where it came from, particularly if you are Vegan; all sources I’ve encountered come from cows, chicken or fish.

Enough chatter! Let’s get on with the recipes:

Too-Good-To-Be True Paleo Cookie Dough

This even has the texture of cookie dough! Just don’t try to actually make cookies with it. I have no idea how they would turn out, but I’m guessing, not as a cookie.


Per Serving (1/10 recipe) (with 1/2 c dark chocolate chunks): Calories: 144; Total Fat: 8 g; Saturated Fat: 6 g; Carbohydrate: 15 g; Fiber: 2 g; Sugar: 7 g; Protein: 3 g

Bacon and Egg Collagen Cups

These are a filing and great make-ahead breakfast option. At 25g of protein per egg cup, you really only need one to get a good breakfast under your belt. We made ours on a Sunday and enjoyed them through to mid-week for an easy am option. And the whole family loved them! If sweet potatoes aren’t your deal, you can use hash browns too.

img_2827Per Serving (1 egg cup): Calories: 272; Total Fat: 11.2 g; Saturated Fat: 5.7 g; Carbohydrate: 16.5 g; Fiber: 8 g; Sugar: 8 g; Protein: 25 g
Easy Protein Pancakes (add 2 scoops of Collagen to this recipe)

I should have taken a picture of the first collagen pancake recipe I tried. TOTAL DISASTER. Even my loving, happy-go-lucky 6-year-old made a sour face and stated, “Mommy, those DO NOT look good”. Gotta love the honesty! And I love pancakes. Almost to the point of obsession. Loss of pancakes without good alternatives was the single-most disappointing thing about having to become gluten-free before some good flour blends and mixes came out for those of us that can’t eat our Wheaties. It still takes some due diligence to find the good recipes though (clearly), and this is one to add to the arsenal, gluten-free or not!

The trick is to add 1 scoop of Collagen powder for every 1 serving in the recipe. 

Per Serving (1/3 recipe): Calories: 310; Total Fat: 3.5 g; Saturated Fat: 1.3 g; Carbohydrate: 33 g; Fiber: 8 g; Sugar: 5 g; Protein: 38 g


Check out my Pinterest page if you want to see more pancake goodness, using the same 1:1 ratio as I did with the Biggest Loser Pancake recipe above to add an extra protein boost.

Roasted Carrot Soup

If fall had a flavor, it would taste like this. Soooooooo delicious. Nothing else to say about this one, other than it’s a perfect way to roll into rainy season and leaves changing.

Per Serving (with lite coconut milk and Vital Proteins Collagen): Calories: 303; Total Fat: 15 g; Saturated Fat: 9 g; Carbohydrate: 35 g; Fiber: 7 g; Sugar: 15g; Protein: 10 g

Have you tried collagen? Have any yummy recipes to share? We’d love to spread the love! 

Please note: I fully support and endorse the product mentioned in this post. Should you choose to purchase, I will get commissions for purchases made through links in this post.