Enjoy the health benefits of turmeric with this Anti-inflammatory Turmeric Smoothie. The cool companion to another favorite anti-inflammatory recipe, Golden Milk Turmeric Tea. You can have a healthy breakfast or snack with this delicious smoothie ready in minutes! There is no added sugar and fresh ginger, pineapple, and mango all provide even more anti-inflammatory powers. It’s perfect for anyone trying to incorporate more anti-inflammatory foods into their diet!
Many of you have tried and loved my recipe for Golden Milk Turmeric Tea. It’s a fantastic anti-inflammatory drink that tastes lovely and has great medicinal benefits.
When it’s a warm day, however I don’t always crave a warm drink. It got me to wondering if I could create a drink with the same benefits as turmeric tea, but in a smoothie form.
I tried it and it worked beautifully! This smoothie has all the anti-inflammatory benefits of turmeric tea in smoothie form. Bonus: it tastes fabulous, too. It works well even with no added sugar because we are combining two fruits with plenty of natural sugar: pineapple and mango.
Curcumin is the active ingredient in turmeric that gives it its potent anti-inflammatory effect. Curcumin has been well-researched and shown to help with inflammatory conditions, such as arthritis. When you hear “food is medicine,” this is the type of food they’re talking about! Read this study for an in-depth review of the health benefits of Curcumin.
Anti-Inflammatory Turmeric Smoothie Ingredients
We use frozen pineapple and mango, which gives the smoothie a creamy texture and makes it cold at the same time! Coconut oil helps Curcumin enter the bloodstream and bypass the liver, so don’t skip the fat! (Read more about this here.)
How to Make an Anti-Inflammatory Turmeric Smoothie
First, you need to make your turmeric paste. Don’t worry; it only takes a few minutes and if you do it once and have enough paste for plenty of smoothies. You can also use it for Golden Milk Turmeric Tea and anytime you want to add it to a smoothie for an extra boost of anti-inflammatory power! It would be great in this Pineapple Smoothie and I also think it’d go well with this Orange Creamsicle Smoothie.
When we make the turmeric paste, we are combining our turmeric powder with black pepper, which is important as it increased the bioavailability.
Make the Turmeric Paste
Combine your turmeric powder and water in a small saucepan. When you first combine it, it will be thin. Within a minute on low heat, you’ll have a paste. This is how thick it should get.
Then you add in your black pepper to the paste. Turmeric paste can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Keep it in the front so you remember to use it!
Once you have your turmeric paste ready, you simply need to add all of the ingredients to the blender and blend!
Can I use Fresh Turmeric?
I get this question a lot, and the answer is yes, you absolutely can. Fresh turmeric isn’t as easy to find, so I tend to use the powder because it’s what I have on hand all the time. If you find fresh turmeric, use 1 tablespoon that’s been peeled and chopped. Don’t forget to add a pinch of black pepper to your smoothie!
Do I have to use the Turmeric Paste?
This is another question I get often. You can make this without the turmeric paste, it’s just not my preference. I like having the paste on hand for smoothies, tea, and even to use in stir fry dishes. If you’d like to skip this step, simply use 1 teaspoon turmeric powder and a pinch of black pepper in your smoothie.
This turmeric smoothie is a great smoothie to drink daily if you have joint pain or any other inflammatory conditions. Not only is the turmeric anti-inflammatory, it calls for fresh ginger which is another powerful anti-inflammatory food. It’s refreshing with a nice bite, and a tropical sweetness from the pineapple and mango.
Ready to get your smoothie on?! Let’s do this.
Another great way to incorporate turmeric into your diet is this Cauliflower Soup with Coconut, Turmeric, and Lime.Print
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