Add turmeric to your cheesiest dishes
Lifestyle Studio/shutterstock If you’re the type to slather on nacho sauce, dip into a rich bowl of queso, or load your pasta with just about anything that has a melted texture, turmeric could be your new best friend. Why? Because turmeric’s bright yellow color can turn any naturally white, real-seeming cheese into the nacho-looking stuff which means you can fool just about anyone into thinking they’re dipping into the ooey-gooey nacho sauce they secretly love at movie theaters and stadiums. Aside from cutting back on chemical preservatives found in the pre-made yellow sauces, turmeric adds a potent dose of antioxidants that help curb inflammation. “Turmeric contains an ingredient, curcumin, which has incredible anti-inflammatory properties. It’s been linked to a reduction in all sorts of diseases,” explains Stephanie Greenspan MS, a registered dietitian in New Jersey. “It has been linked with a reduction in all sorts of diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, arthritis, cancer, and depression.” While eating turmeric-laced nachos probably won’t stave off heart disease, it may take the edge off the guilt associated with eating a whole plate. Here are 16 other foods that fight inflammation.
Replace sugar with raw honey
Julia Sudnitskaya/shutterstock This hack won’t save calories, but it’ll offer the same great flavor with so many more perks than the white stuff. Just check out these seven benefits of honey. Try using honey in place of sugar and faux-maple syrup on pancakes, waffles, and other desserts. “Raw honey is better than sugar for several reasons,” says Greenspan. “It’s less processed, and locally sourced honey contains trace amounts of the pollen in your area, leading to the possibility of decreased allergies. Honey also has trace amounts of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidant which can counteract inflammation in the body.” Raw, unpasteurized honey like Golden Door Wildflower Honey, is antibacterial and anti-fungal as well, which can help soothe illnesses and digestive woes naturally.