You may know turmeric as the spice that lends its brilliant yellow hue to Indian curries and, in some cases, American mustards. Turmeric root has anti-inflammatory medicinal properties and is often used in holistic and ayurvedic healing for treating ailments such as arthritis and joint pain– but the benefits don’t stop there. Turmeric is also a strong antioxidant, may lower the risk of heart disease when eaten daily, and has anti-cancer properties.
The warm and slightly bitter taste of turmeric is the perfect pairing for my Anti-Inflammatory Ginger Turmeric Smoothie. I marry sweet mango with spicy raw ginger root (also a natural anti-inflammatory food).
1/2 cup frozen or fresh mango chunks
1 T raw ginger, peeled and roughly chopped (use more or less depending on how much spice you like. Don’t have fresh ginger? Add 1 tsp of ground ginger
1 cup coconut water, chilled
1/4 cup shredded coconut (unsweetened)
2 T raw hemp seeds or hemp seed powder
1/2 T organic turmeric powder
Place all ingredients into a blender (preferably a vitamix). Blend until smooth. Add more coconut water if needed.