Turmeric is everywhere at the moment, and with good reason: This queen of spices has been used as a key component in natural medicine for years.
A lot of health gurus add turmeric to every single meal they prepare at home; whether it’s a breakfast omelette or scrambled eggs, a stir fry for lunch, added to curries, sprinkled into soups, with green vegetables, steeped in a warming tea, or as part of an afternoon smoothie, it’s worth adding it to your food whenever you can as there’s no upper limit to how much you can take.
Here’s a fail-proof turmeric breakfast recipe that you can prepare at home in next to no time and is absolutely delicious.
Overnight coconut turmeric and mango oats
Overnight oats are wildly popular with health aficionados; the oats give you magnesium, fibre, and plant-based protein and they contain absolutely no sugar. But if you soak them overnight, they’re much more easily digested by your body and you can get up, eat them and get on with your day. They make a perfect breakfast as they give you a slow but steady supply of energy throughout the morning, meaning you won’t be tempted to snack before lunchtime.
This recipe has been adapted from a smoothie which has garnered a cult-like following online for its healing powers, so you could leave out the oats and have the smoothie if you like.
1 cup of coconut milk
1/2 cup of rolled, organic oats
1/2 cup of mango, chopped
1 banana, sliced
1 cube of frozen spinach, or you could use some kale
1/2 teaspoon of turmeric or you can slice about an inch if you have the raw organic root.
1/2 teaspoon of ginger
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
1 teaspoon of chia seeds
One pinch of black pepper (this brings out the active ingredients in the turmeric).
Put all your ingredients into a jar with a lid and give it all a gentle shake, or a stir, then leave covered in the fridge overnight. In the morning it will be ready to serve. Some people do prefer it warmed slightly. You can either take the chill off the mixture by giving it a gentle warm through in a pan on the stove.
You could switch the mango for pineapple if you like. And if you want to just leave the oats and the coconut milk to do their thing with the chia seeds overnight and then top the mixture with the other ingredients in the morning then go ahead. If you have a mason jar you can layer the ingredients, giving you a picture-perfect brunch to serve up if you have guests.
If you want to have this as a smoothie, simply pop everything into a blender (without the oats!) and then serve. It’s better to use frozen spinach which you won’t be able to taste and will add a much-needed chill to the drink. Perfect for kids, or for when you’re feeling as though you’re in need of a blast of nutrients, it’s an all rounder that’s packed with nutritional goodness.
Once you have fallen in love with turmeric, the options are endless. You can add it to your unicorn toast making a lovely orange colour to play with. And, if you want to try it as a face mask while drinking a turmeric sunrise (which is one of the most delicious turmeric based drinks out there) then you can find out how here.