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Fresh Recipe: Turmeric Drinks to Boost Immune System

Friday, January 05, 2018 8:40 AM

Tumeric is being studied for it's anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Two of NorthShore's dietitian's share their favorite ways to incorporate this nutritious plant into their days. Whether you're looking for a way to warm up or to boost your iummune system this flu season, 

Warm apple cider is the perfect winter comfort drink for Lori Bumbaco, Oncology Dietitian at NorthShore. This special cider combines ginger and turmeric for a unique flavor and nutrition profile. 

Ginger and Turmeric Hot Cider


  • 1 cup fresh, sweet apple cider
  • 1 tsp grated fresh ginger
  • 1 tsp grated fresh turmeric
  • 1½-inch by ½ -inch strip lemon peel, white part included


  • In small saucepan, combine cider, ginger, turmeric and lemon peel over medium-high heat.
  • Heat until ring of bubbles appears around edge of pan – about 3 minutes.
  • Cover pan and set aside to steep for 5 minutes.
  • Pour hot-spiced cider through fine tea strainer into mug.
  • Serve immediately.

Nutritional information (per serving):
Calories: 120
Total Fat: 0 g
Carbs: 30 g
Protein: 0 g
Dietary Fiber: 0 g
Sodium: 8 mg

Recipe original appeared in the American Institute for Cancer Research.

Another good way to get a healthy dose of turmeric during cold winter months is by substituting hot chocolate for this drink from Emmaline Rasmussen, MS, RD, LDN, Clinical Research Dietitian at NorthShore.


Warm Spiced Turmeric Milk


  • 1 cup of low fat milk (or milk substitute)
  • ¾ tsp honey
  • ½ tsp ground turmeric
  • ¼ tsp ground cardamom
  • ¼ tsp ground ginger
  • 1 dash of vanilla extract
  • 1 dash black pepper
  • 1 pinch of ground cloves
  • 1 pinch ground allspice


  1. Warm the milk on the stove top.
  2. Gently whisk in remaining ingredients until dissolved.
  3. Heat on low for an additional 3-4 minutes.
  4. Pour mixture through a sieve then serve

What's your favorite way to enjoy tumeric?