As I am writing this, there is blizzard going on outside of my window. So, obviously this Tropical Turmeric Smoothie is the most appropriate thing to make right now. I am also in the thralls of a terrible cold, which means I needed this smoothie BAD. I feel better already…
Turmeric is the newest health food trend to sweep the nation, and for good reason.
Just a few grams of turmeric can provide enough nutrients to help ward off anemia, neuritis, memory disorders and offer protection against cancers, infectious diseases, high blood pressure, and strokes. It has incredible anti-infamatory and antimicrobial properties and is full of calcium, iron, potassium, manganese, copper, zinc, and magnesium.
I mean, we can use all the help we can get, right?!
Fresh turmeric is a root that is sold in the produce section. It’s similar in appearance to ginger, but a lot smaller and the inside is bright orange. I have seen it at most grocery stores lately so you shouldn’t have trouble finding it!
- 1 banana, peeled and sliced
- 1 cup light coconut milk
- 1 cup mango chunks
- 1 cup papaya chunks
- 2 mandrin oranges, peeled and separated
- 1 inch fresh turmeric root, peeled and sliced
- 1 cup ice
- Add all ingredients to a blender, and blend until smooth. Serve immediately.
You can sub 1 tsp of ground turmeric if you can't find fresh. It's pretty readily available these days, though and is a lot more nutrient packed.