Turmeric is a versatile, flavorful, and nutritious spice that adds color to your dishes and is also good for you.
You’re probably familiar with turmeric if you enjoy curry sauce or you’re taking your daily turmeric supplement. While great in entrees and as a supplement, it’s not often that people think about turmeric as an ingredient in their snack foods.
Sugar, flour, fried starches, dried fruit, cinnamon, nuts, and chocolate chips are common mainstays on the ingredient list of our snack foods of choice. But why no turmeric?
Below are a few of our favorite turmeric snack food recipes that are nutritious and flavorful that you should try.
Turmeric Chips (Fries) and Dipping Sauce
You don’t have to quit fried starches if you love them, you just need to rethink how they’re made. Thanks to Delightful Vegans for this recipe. First, and most important, no more store bought or fast-food french fries or tater tots. These are often made by dunking the cut potatoes in boiling vegetable oils, which creates a tasty but way too unhealthy final product soaked in saturated fats.
Instead, you’re going to take your chopped fries, sprinkle them with turmeric powder, salt, and pepper to taste, then spritz or drizzle with olive oil before adding them to an air fryer or placing them in the oven.
This method leaves the chips (fries) not only crispy but also offers a healthier alternative to other preparation methods. Oh, and don’t forget the dipping sauce.
- 5 small potatoes chopped into chip shapes
- 1 tsp turmeric powder
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 2 tsp olive oil
- Toss the chips with olive oil or use a spray, then sprinkle with turmeric, and salt and pepper.
- Put in the air fryer for 15 to 20 minutes at 350 Fahrenheit (oven times will take longer.)
- Move chips around after a few minutes to prevent sticking.
Turmeric Dipping Sauce Recipe
- 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
- 1/2 teaspoon fresh turmeric
- 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
- Juice of one lemon
- 1 clove of garlic
- 1/4 cup water
- Blend the ingredients until combined.
No-Bake Crunchy Granola Bars with Turmeric
Granola bars are the perfect everywhere food for energy and essential nutrition. The granola bars you find in the breakfast aisle of the grocery store may or may not be the healthiest option, so you’ll want to make your own.
The recipe we’re using today is from Copina Co. These granola bars are naturally sweet and contain a good amount of fiber.
- 2 cups oats
- 1/3 cup raw buckwheat groats
- ¼ cup hemp seeds
- ½ cup chopped dates
- 1/3 cup almond flour
- 1/3 cup pumpkin seeds
- 2 tsp turmeric
- ½ cup honey
- ½ cup almond butter
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- Mix the dry ingredients together.
- In a small saucepan, heat the wet ingredients over medium-low heat until combined.
- Pour liquid mixture over the dry ingredients and stir.
- Spread and press mixture in 9×13 inch glass dish and refrigerate for 90 minutes.
- Cut bars to size and enjoy.
Lemon Turmeric Energy Balls
Soft, crunchy, and full of flavor, these lemon turmeric energy balls from Natalie’s Happy Health make for a perfect snacktime replacement for cookies and brownies. Each energy ball has healthy fats, protein, and vitamin C that makes them good for the immune system when people around you start to show signs of feeling unwell.
- 12 Medjool dates
- 1 cup rolled oats gluten free
- ½ cup almonds
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 4 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp lemon zest
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp turmeric powder ground
- ½ cup shredded coconut for dusting
- Remove the pits from each date and soak in hot water for several minutes until soft.
- Add dates and other ingredients, minus the coconut, to a food processor and mix until reaching a dough-like consistency.
- Spoon the mixture into balls and roll over the coconut.
- Refrigerator in an airtight container until ready to serve.
Potential Health Benefits of Turmeric
Turmeric is a plant that grows a root structure that is prized in alternative systems of medicine. The root contains antioxidants and curcumin, which are compounds that may provide several potential health benefits, including support for:
- Joint health
- Heart health
- Normal blood circulation
- The immune system
- The brain
- The respiratory system
- Digestive system health
You can find turmeric in the spice section of your grocery store; for optimal medicinal support shop for a supplement that contains a concentrated extract of turmeric. Standard Process has a professionally developed turmeric product, Turmeric Forte, that is blended with a fenugreek seed extract. Standard Process develops a wide range of products that seek to support every individual need with high quality ingredients and formulas that are backed by scientific research.
There are a lot of ways to add more turmeric to your daily diet. As a spice, it pairs great with eggs, sandwich dressings, in potato and pasta salads, and as a seasoning for meats and vegetables. But don’t forget to add a Standard Process turmeric supplement to ensure that you’re getting the best possible support for your health needs!