Given its vibrant hue, turmeric adds not only rich color but packs this Tropical Turmeric Smoothie with powerful antioxidants!
Turmeric has to be one of the most underrated spices in Western culture. It is popular in Eastern cuisine, used as a natural dye, incorporated in religious ceremonies, and ingested as a homeopathic alternative to medicine in other parts of the world except for our own. It is a root that belongs to the same family as ginger. In fact, if you can locate fresh turmeric you may mistake it for ginger because they look so similar. Hopefully after reading this you will begin to incorporate this incredible spice into your daily regimen and even your recipes.
I love seeing the trend of turmeric that is popping up everywhere. I truly believe turmeric will be the spice trend of 2015. My history with turmeric began years ago when I first became a vegan, and an extremely restrictive one at that. I dabbled in the world of raw veganism for a while and that is when turmeric became a staple in my life. I added it to everything from raw vegan desserts, to blender-made raw soups, and even in homemade almond milk with agave. After I entered the world of Dietetics I became to research this incredible spice and discovered a wealth of information regarding the benefits of turmeric consumption.
If you enjoy reading medical journals like I do (welcome nerds!) these articles are worth checking out:
What makes Turmeric so special?
Turmeric contains all three types of Curcumins, or phytonutrients. Phytonutrients are the reason why fruits and vegetables are so highly recommended for the health of your body. These metabolic chemicals protect your body against germs, inflammation, and disease. Curcumins have been linked to protection against Alzheimer’s due to its ability to bind with amyloid proteins. Curcumins have been shown to be antimicrobial and most importantly anti-inflammatory. The Curcumins in Turmeric aids the body in protecting itself from arthritis, various cancers, chicken pox, urinary tract infections, inflammatory bowel disease (IBS), liver disease, and wound healing just to name a few.
How much turmeric is enough?
A study indicated that it is possible to ingest adequate amounts of turmeric through culinary dishes containing turmeric as an ingredient. Your consumption is low, but you will still receive many of the benefits. The best recommendation is to just consume 2 to 3 teaspoons of turmeric daily. There is no “right” amount, it is important to start incorporating it into your daily life.
Are there any interactions?
Yes. Turmeric inhibits coagulant factors in your body. If you are on an anticoagulant such as Coumadin it is wise to consult your physician before increasing your Turmeric consumption.
The most important factor?
Turmeric is fat soluble meaning you need to consume Turmeric with a fat. This is why Turmeric is always seen in curries where there is a high fat content or in the form of an oil paste. Turmeric oil even exists for this particular reason.
Are there any other vitamins or minerals in Turmeric?
Here is an extremely long list of vitamins and minerals that are also found in Turmeric: Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Choline, Betaine, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Sodium, Zinc, Manganese, and Selenium.
Now, enough nerdy nutrient information, let’s talk about this smoothie! Turmeric has a very mild flavor which makes it the perfect addition to a smoothie. Considering it belongs to the ginger family it is only natural for Turmeric to exhibit a similar spicy and citrusy taste like ginger, only more mellow.
Turmeric is accompanied by nutty coconut, sweet mango, tangy pineapple, and creamy banana. I couldn’t let Turmeric be alone in the superfood category so I threw in a few teaspoons of chia seeds to thicken the smoothie a bit. Flax oil also makes an appearance not only for nutrient value but to ensure the proper absorption of Turmeric. If you slept through the nutrition lesson above, Turmeric is fat soluble and needs a fat present to be absorbed properly in the body.
There are many types of Turmeric out there but my spice brand of choice is always Simply Organic. I just ordered two bottles of their Organic Turmeric and it is some of the most vibrant and fresh testing I have found.
You will know if you have low quality Turmeric if it is a pale yellow. Simply Organic’s Turmeric is a beautiful burnt yellow with a slight orange hue. [note: I am in no way affiliated with Simply Organic. However, I am very passionate about the quality of their products and would love to work with them.] The flavor of this smoothie is reminiscent of a non-alcoholic Pina Colada, only yellow of course. This can easily be poured into a bowl, topped with more fruit, nuts, and seeds, and it makes for the best smoothie bowl. I was tempted to add spirulina and fresh spinach but did not want to ruin the amazing color from the Turmeric. I hope you enjoy this smoothie as much as I do! It can be whipped together in a flash and you will drink it even faster.
Enjoy the rest of your Wednesday!
For more smoothie recipes check out this post!
My Favorite Green Smoothie – I just lol-ed rereading this post!