Turmeric Tahini Dressing and Beet Hummus with Nature's Way

This blog post is sponsored by Nature’s Way®, however all opinions are my own. 

Health and nutrition fanatics have been boasting about turmeric for years now - and for great reason. It has a slew of benefits, including being used to support joint health.* I trust this high-quality turmeric powder made by Nature’s Way and keep it in my pantry to add to recipes! They standardize their Turmeric to 95% curcuminoids which ensures we’re getting the best the root has to offer.

As for the Nature’s Way Beet Powder, I’ve used it in everything from berry smoothies to baked goods - the EASE of this product is my favorite. Let’s face it, roasting beets is sometimes a pain (messy!) and can be more time consuming. Not to mention if it’s not the right season, you may not be finding fresh and beautiful beets like in the winter months. But the flavor of beets is so unique and wonderful, I decided to experiment with beet powder for this hummus recipe. By stirring in a spoonful to my standard homemade hummus recipe I’m getting in more goodness thanks to the pretty pink powder! 

I set out to make two simple recipes using these versatile powders to prove that adding beneficial herbs to just about any recipe can be a simple added step with a huge health gain. 


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Grain Bowl with Turmeric Tahini Dressing

  • This bowl has a few different steps and components but makes for one of the best meal prep meals ever! I love the lemon and turmeric tahini dressing on just about anything. Salads, buddha bowls, or as a sauce for dipping. It’s just delicious! I add a touch of maple syrup to cut the bitterness and acidity to better balance the flavor with a bit of sweet. Makes 4 servings.

I used Nature’s Way Turmeric Powder in both the dressing and the chickpeas.

1. First prepare the dressing: 

  • ¼ cup tahini

  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil or avocado oil

  • 2 teaspoons Nature’s Way Turmeric Powder

  • ½ tablespoon maple syrup 

  • salt and freshly ground black pepper (must include black pepper!) 

  • 1-3 tablespoons of water to thin 

2. Roast chickpeas:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

Drain and rinse 1 can of chickpeas and place in a medium bowl, drizzle 2 tablespoons of olive oil or avocado oil over chickpeas. Add 2 teaspoons of turmeric powder, 1 teaspoon of garlic powder, 1 a few cracks of black pepper and salt to taste. Toss in the bowl until chickpeas are nicely coated and place on a baking sheet with parchment paper. Roast chickpeas for 30-40 minutes, depending on how crunchy you like them!

3. Prepare 1-2 cups of brown rice while chickpeas are roasting. 

4. Massage Kale:

Chop 2-3 cups of Tuscan kale.

Massage gently with 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil and season with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside to build bowl. 

5. Time to build your bowl!

Add all the components to a shallow bowl, and any additions you’d like! I chose sauerkraut, microgreens, and sesame seeds for garnish. Drizzle turmeric dressing over the bowl and DIG IN!

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Vibrant Beet Hummus

Next up, the beet hummus of your dreams. This vibrant and beautiful color is thanks to Nature’s Way Beet Powder and I love serving this to friends with a plate of rainbow inspired veggies. Makes 6 servings.

Ingredients:

1 can of organic chickpeas

2 Tablespoons of Nature’s Way Beet Powder

Juice of 1 large lemon

½ cup of extra virgin olive oil 

2-3 cloves of fresh garlic (I love garlic so I use 3!)

Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Rinse and drain the chickpeas and remove skin around them for creamier hummus. 

Add all ingredients to a food processor, and process until smooth, scraping sides and tasting flavor throughout. Add any additional seasoning or liquid to thin if needed. 

Garnish hummus with chives, sesame seeds, or another drizzle of olive oil and serve with crackers, fresh veggies or pita! 

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*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

†Before use, see the dietary supplement product label for relevant recommendation, caution, and warning statement. Do not exceed recommended amount.



Summer Hydration 101 : Cure-ing My Habits with Hydration

Summer is officially here which means it’s time to track down those extra water bottles you may have left behind at a yoga studio, forgotten about in a messy kitchen cabinet or have hiding in the bottom of your gym bag. I tend to start my mornings with a smoothie and a cold brew but am realizing more and more how dehydration gets the best of me by mid-afternoon. Caffeine is definitely a guilty pleasure of mine and something I can’t seem to give up even in the warmer summer months, so I wanted to share some practices I’ve adopted to combat my less than perfect hydration habits. 

HYDRATE YOUR SKIN 

One of the first places I notice dehydration wreaking havoc is my skin. Especially since I’ve moved to the west coast I can feel how the lack of humidity and overall higher temperatures affect how moisturized my face is. Everyone loves a good self-care facial but booking one for the onset of summer is a great way to jumpstart a more hydrating skincare routine. 

Can’t budget for a facial just yet? I love adding a hydrating serum into my regime and a weekly hydrating mask in addition to a normal moisturizer. Facial oils like rosehip are also super hydrating, if your skin reacts well to them. Think of all of these options as a thirst quenching extra dose of H20 for your face. And please, remember that sunscreen! 

BE PROACTIVE

If you’re like me and find yourself grabbing a cup of coffee before a glass of water in the mornings try to remember the facts. I normally start to feel thirsty after an afternoon workout or a good yoga-sweat, but the reality is that by the time we “feel thirsty” our bodies are already dehydrated. It’s all about trying to stay on top of  your fluid intake BEFORE you notice that “meh” feeling that seems to go hand in hand with not having had enough water. Staying properly hydrated helps your heart pump blood through your blood vessels and to your muscles more easily and keeps us performing better throughout the day. I’ve been on a cardio kick, opting for more sweaty high intensity workouts which means in addition to water I also need electrolytes. I’ve been keeping a stash of Cure Hydration packs on hand and in my bag at all times. I sip them post workout, and LOVE the berry flavor best

DRINK ELECTROLYTES 

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It’s easy to forget that even sitting at my laptop for a hours a day is dehydrating, it’s not just about being mindful after a workout. Sometimes our bodies need an extra boost that just water can’t provide. Our cells need more electrolytes and fluids than good old H20 can supply, especially in the face of dehydration. 

That’s why I’ve loved incorporating Cure Hydration packs into my routine. They’re vegan and gluten free but my favorite thing about them is the ingredient list. No fancy chemicals I can’t pronounce, they’re non-GMO and downright delicious. Cure is made with organic coconut water and pink Himalayan salt for natural electrolytes. I’ve been keeping a few of the berry flavored packets in my bag when I’m on the run and find myself reaching for one anytime I have a glass of water within reach.