Anti-inflammatory this, anti-inflammatory that – it’s all the rage right now. And we reckon, rightfully so!
Inflammation is one of the many fantastic processes within our body. In fact without it, we would easily die. You see, it’s what is responsible for stopping us bleeding to death when we stub our toe, that’s right – inflammation is the process that promotes healing, by calling in immune cells, hormones and nutrients to fix whatever problem (stubbed toe) has occurred.
So there are two types of inflammation – the inflammation that lasts until your toe is fixed, and the other that is chronic. Acute is deemed to be fine (i.e. life saving) but chronic, well it’s no good, and essentially leaves our body in this state of utter confusion.
Chronic inflammation can cause mixed messages which sees our bodies either not responding to threats or launching a false alarm attack to no threat¹. Both of which causes damage to organs, tissues and cells. Suddenly, our inflammation response isn’t working to protect us, but is leaving us open to a whole lot of nasty sh*t.
The implications of chronic/long term inflammation? Well, you’ve got heart disease, diabetes, lung issues, allergies, autoimmune disorders, osteoarthritis, asthma, bowl disease, depression, cancer, mood disorders. See told ya, nasty s^*t.
OH and WHO WOULD HAVE GUESSED diet and lifestyle contributes to inflammation. Lol, surely you by now. That’s why we are talking about it! And THAT’s why healspos are drinking turmeric lattes at $8 a pop on the daily!
So, our diet. You have foods that cause inflammation and foods that prevent it/calm it down. Turmeric is one of those that chills that inflammation right down. That’s why we love it, and that’s why we made cookies with it.
The IQS team use turmeric in a myriad of ways, all through their recipes, and that’s because SURPRISE SURPRISE sugar is directly linked to causing inflammation (and almost immediately, and for a long time after)². In fact, they created ‘A bluffer’s guide to turmeric‘, where they describe it’s anti-inflammatory benefits (and it’s use to eleviate symptoms of asthma, arthritis, bloating, digestion issues and headaches), it’s natural antiseptic and antibacterial agents, it’s ability to aid in fat metabolism and weight management and it’s use in treating depression, preventing cancer, reducing risk of blood clots (and stroke) and diabetes treatment.
So yeah, turmeric is one freaking amazing spice. Of course, you can buy it in several forms – fresh, dried, powder AND pre-made turmeric latte blends. There’s probably going to be some nasty versions out there, so we found a pretty good one called ‘The Goldern Blend’. This pre-mix actually includes MCT coconut oil, which is designed to enable maximum absorption of curcumin (it’s active form, where all the benefits are!). The combination of spices (cinnamon, ginger and black pepper) are also formulated to ensure you get the most out of the turmeric – smart, hey!
So now, what you came here for… The recipe!
Anti-Inflammatory Turmeric Cookies
- 1/2 cup almond meal
- 1/2 Tiger Nut Flour (we use Terra Firma)
- 1/2 cup shredded coconut
- 1 grated carrot
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 2 tsp Goldern Blend
- 2 chia/flaxseed eggs (1 flaxseed egg = 2 tbsp flaxeed to 2 tbsp water)
- First make your flaxseed eggs to allow them to set
- Preheat oven to 180 degrees celcius
- Mix dry ingredients together before adding the grated carrot
- Mix through ‘eggs’ and combine mixture well
- Line baking tray w baking paper and give a light spray of coconut oil
- Scoop balls of the mixture in your hands and shape into desired sized cookie on the tray
- Bake in the oven for 15 – 20 minutes (my trick is just to test taste, if they feel hard on outside and a little most on the inside – they are good to go!).
Serving suggestion – top with a spoonful of Pure and Free coconut yoghurt and a sprinkle of lemon zest and turmeric!