When I first learned about the benefits of turmeric, I made it a goal to put this little spice into as many recipes as possible, even sweet ones!
Why We Love Turmeric: Turmeric is a member of the ginger family, and is cultivated in tropical countries. It has a peppery, warm flavor with a mild fragrance reminiscent of orange and ginger. Turmeric is the main ingredient used in curry powder and is also used in mustard. In this recipe, turmeric gives the smoothie a delicious flavor and yellow color.
Curcumin, in turmeric, is the yellow pigment that is also responsible for it's amazing anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It's antioxidant properties have been shown to protect healthy cells from free radicals that can damage cellular DNA and lead to cancer. Curcumin has also been shown to inhibit the growth of tumors.
With just a few simple ingredients, this sunshine colored smoothie can be yours:
1 Frozen banana
1 1/2 c. Almond milk (try Tina's on the Voeden blog)
1 1/2 t. Turmeric powder
2 t. Chia seeds
Pinch of salt, black pepper and cinnamon
2 T. Almond butter
(Optional ALOHA vanilla protein (I used a 1/2 serving)
1. Combine everything into a blender and blend until smooth and creamy, if you'd like a thinner smoothie add more almond milk.
*Adding 3% black pepper to your turmeric improves the bio-availability, which enhances absorption. A simple way to do this is to stir 1/2 t. ground pepper into 1/4 c. turmeric powder, and place in a spice jar.
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