Turmeric contains an amazing substance called curcumin, which is widely recognized as both a powerful antioxidant and a potent anti-inflammatory agent. Finding ways to work turmeric into your diet is an all-around good idea. There’s a catch, though – in order for your body to absorb that valuable curcumin, you need to consume turmeric with either a little black pepper or a bit of fat.
Today’s recipe for a simple Turmeric Springtime Smoothie is designed to introduce turmeric to those unfamiliar with this little root, and contains ingredients designed to aid in curcumin absorption. Did I mention this Turmeric Springtime Smoothie has an awesome tropical flavor? What are you waiting for?
Ingredients (Makes 1 large smoothie)
2 tablespoons freshly grated turmeric root
2 teaspoons Chia seeds
1/2 cup coconut milk (not coconut water – you want some good quality fat from the coconut cream!)
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup frozen pineapple chunks
1/2 very ripe banana
1/4 cup cold water (or extra coconut milk)
Puree all ingredients together in a blender. Serve and enjoy your Turmeric Springtime Smoothie!