Turmeric, a spice in the ginger family which is widely used in curries and other Indian dishes, has gained increased popularity as a “superfood” in recent years. And there are excellent reasons for this. Its active ingredient, known as curcumin, is a powerful antioxidant which can fight off bacterial, viral and fungal infections, and reduce the risk of developing serious conditions like cancer and even Alzheimer’s disease. In addition to this, it is powerful anti-inflammatory. Not everyone is fond of curry, however, so below are four recipes for smoothies containing turmeric that people may find more palatable if they are not used to Indian cuisine.
Tropical Turmeric Smoothie
Combine one cup coconut milk, a half-cup frozen pineapple chunks, one fresh banana, one tablespoon coconut oil, one teaspoon turmeric, one teaspoon cinnamon and one half-teaspoon ginger along with one teaspoon chia seeds. Process this in the blender and enjoy. It has the taste of a spicy pina colada, but it is loaded with dietary fiber and vitamins and minerals from the fruits and chia seeds have a number of healthful properties as well.
Green Goddess Turmeric Smoothie
Mix together one teaspoon turmeric, one half-cup of celery, one half-cup of cucumber, and one half-teaspoon of ginger and add one squeeze of lemon juice. Process in blender until smooth. This savory drink is antioxidant rich and the vegetables add fiber and wealth of nutrients, while the ginger and turmeric both lend a spicy, exotic taste.
Chai Turmeric Smoothie
In blender, process one cup plain coconut milk, three to four ice cubes, one half-teaspoon of turmeric, one teaspoon coconut oil, a dash of vanilla extract and one teaspoon each of cinnamon, nutmeg, ground cloves and cardamom. The spices in this recipe are all great for inflammatory conditions, but will give the smoothie the taste of a chai tea so even if it is healthy, it almost feels like a dessert!