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The quintessential spice in curry, turmeric is a relative of ginger and has been shown to have a host of health benefits, including anti-inflammatory powers from its active ingredient, curcumin. Try one of these four products for a convenient way to rev up your recovery routine.
Navitas Naturals Superfood+ Turmeric Tamari Almonds
These USDA-certified organic almonds make a satisfyingly healthy savory snack. Made with a light coating of tamari soy sauce, sea salt and turmeric, they’re mostly salty with just a hint of spice—a great way to get the recovery-promoting benefits of turmeric without an overwhelming flavor. But be warned—they can be addicting! $7.99, Navitasnaturals.com
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Gaia Herbs TurmericBoost: Restore
Kick your post-workout smoothies up a notch with a sprinkle of this herbal supplement, made with turmeric and vanilla chai. An unsweetened powder with a large dose of turmeric (790 milligrams), it’s a little potent mixed simply with straight milk, but it adds some welcome nutritional value to fruit and veggie smoothies. In addition to ingredients such as cardamom, cinnamon and vanilla bean, it also contains a prebiotic blend to promote a healthy digestive system. $30, Gaiaherbs.com
Temple Turmeric Super Light
Made with whole-food ingredients such as hibiscus tea, blueberry purée and ginger, this 40-calorie drink is milder in flavor than Temple’s Elixirs but still has a tangy-sweet, floral taste. Sweetened with agave and stevia, it’s not as sweet as a juice, and the spiciness (and some texture) of the Hawaiian Oana turmeric shines through in a refreshing way. In addition to Hibiscus Berry-Ade, also sold in Lemon Ginger-Ade and Strawberry Lemon-Ade. $3.99, Templeturmeric.com
Vega Sport Recovery Accelerator
From a line of plant-based sports nutrition products, this post-workout drink is made with a long list of healthful ingredients including sprouted brown rice protein, maca, turmeric and American ginseng. It features a 4-to-1 ratio of carbohydrates to protein. The tropical variety won the taste test (also available in apple berry) for its fruit punch-like flavor and pleasant, clean taste. Mixed with cold water, it’s a refreshing post-workout drink. $30 for 12 single packs, Vegasport.com