Turmeric is a intensely yellow-colored spice from India and is a staple in Middle Eastern and Southeast Asian cuisine. Recently you may have noticed turmeric lattes hitting the mainstream appearing in coffee shops all over. But this super-food has been around for ages.
In fact, turmeric is one of the most widely used spices throughout the world! Why? For it’s versatility and healing properties. Studies have shown turmeric to be rich in the antioxidants known as polyphenols which contain many anti-inflammatory properties.
What exactly is inflammation? Dr. Andrew Luster, of the Center for Immunology and Inflammatory Diseases at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital says:
Inflammation is like a fire in your body you cannot see or feel. It’s a smoldering process that injures your tissues, joints, and blood vessels, and you often do not notice it until significant damage is done, the damage might show up as arthritis, heart disease, stroke, and even Alzheimer’s disease.
Doctors recommend incorporating polyphenols such as turmeric, red grapes, onions, and green tea it into our daily routine either through supplementation or by adding it to our meals. Thus, many of my recipes and MOST of my smoothies/bowls include at least a 1/2 tsp of my good friend turmeric.
- 1 cup frozen mango
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 tsp turmeric
- dash of freshly ground black pepper (for optimal absorption)
- 2-3 tbs hemp milk (or almond milk)
- frozen raspberries
- frozen mango
- 1 Tbs freshly ground flax seeds
- 1 Tbs chia seeds
- Blend all ingredients. Turn off and mash when necessary. Do not add more liquid! To get a thick, creamy texture let the fruit thaw a bit and keep blending until smooth.
- Top with frozen raspberries, mango, ground flax seeds, and chia seeds.
Keep it busy,