Before I get started on how amazing and delicious this bowl of goodness tastes, let’s talk about turmeric. “What is turmeric?” You may ask. Turmeric is a golden spice which comes from the root of the Curcuma longa plant that is native to southeast India. It has a warm but bitter, and peppery flavor with a mild fragrance almost like orange and ginger. It is traditionally used in a great deal of Indian cuisine and is behind the bright yellow color of mustard.
The main active ingredients in turmeric is curcumin, which contributes to the wonderful effects turmeric has on the body. Turmeric is quite high in manganese, iron, vitamin B6, fiber, copper, and potassium. It is a quite strong but extremely safe anti-inflammatory, a great treatment for inflammatory bowel disease and IBS, due to its anti-inflammatory effects it can aid those with rheumatoid arthritis and help thocystic fibrosis. It can aid in cancer treatment, and the list goes on! I think you get the point, you should be finding a way to incorporate this amazing spice into your diet. “But how?” You may ask. With this bowl of delicious and uber creamy Turmeric Spiced Porridge, that’s how!
While turmeric does not have a strong taste, it does go well with spices like cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves, which is why I paired all of these spices together to make this dish. I also simply just love pumpkin and pumpkin puree; it adds some extra “fluff” to my oats in the morning. There is just something so comforting about a big bowl of something warm and delicious on a cold day that just starts off the day the perfect way! Pumpkin is also rich in some fantastic nutrients, specifically vitamin A, and antioxidants like lutein, xanthin, and carotenes. If you don’t like pumpkin very much, try adding a couple tablespoons of puree, I doubt you’ll even taste it!
Turmeric Spiced Porridge
Combine oats and water over medium heat and bring to a slow boil.
Add the two egg whites and be sure to continue to stir, otherwise they will clump and you will have omelet in your oatmeal, I don't think you want that.
Stir in the pumpkin and turn down the heat to a simmer to warm the pumpkin.
Add turmeric, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, vanilla extract, and nutmeg and then turn off heat.
Pour your creation into a bowl, top with your preferred goodies & enjoy! Suggested toppings could include your favorite yogurt, fruit, nut butters, hemp seeds, and nuts! Here I have banana, gogi berries, cacao nibs, hemp seeds, mulberries, and a drizzle of my favorite almond butter, Barney Butter.
I hope you like this recipe and if you try it out, be sure to post it to Instagram and tag me @TheBalancedRose!
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