Tasty Turmeric Smoothie

Tasty Turmeric SmoothieGet all the wonderful health benefits of turmeric, in particular its potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, by incorporating it into this delicious and easy to make smoothie.

Turmeric has been used in Indian Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine for centuries because of its superior health promoting properties. In the health circles I hang out in I feel like this “super spice” is being talked about more and more, primarily because of its superior anti-inflammatory action.

With inflammation at the root of so many illness such as arthritis, it’s important to include anti-inflammatories into your diet. With turmeric you get much more than a reducer of inflammation though.

Here’s a quick rundown of turmeric’s other health benefits.

  • Aids in metabolism and weight management
  • Natural pain reliever
  • Helps detoxify the liver
  • Natural antiseptic & antibacterial agent
  • Cleanses the blood & promotes healthy skin
  • Promotes good digestion & healthy gut bacteria
  • Supports healthy blood glucose levels
  • Anti-cancerous
  • Used in Chinese Medicine as a treatment for depression

Try adding turmeric to other dishes as well. I’ve been sprinkling it on my scrambled eggs lately with a little black pepper. Black pepper and turmeric work synergistically to enhance each others health benefits. I’ve yet to try black pepper in a smoothie though.

Turmeric can also be used topically to treat skin irritations, but be forewarned, your skin will be stained yellow.

In reality you can add a dash or two of turmeric to any smoothie without any noticeable difference in taste. I like to add turmeric to my post-workout smoothies to help with inflammation and lactic acid buildup, and ultimately recover faster. Enjoy!

Tasty Turmeric Smoothie Recipe

The Ingredients

  • 1 and 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 ripe avocado
  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • A little honey, maple syrup, or stevia to sweeten

The Add-ons

  • 1 tablespoon flax or chia seeds
  • 1 cup spinach, kale, or other leafy green
  • 1 tablespoon cacao powder or nibs
  • 1 serving of your preferred protein or green superfood powder

Show Time

Place all of the ingredients into your high-speed blender and blend away for around 30-45 seconds or until nice and smooth.

I’d love to know if you tried and enjoyed this tasty turmeric smoothie – please do tell in the comments below. Happy Blending!

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15 Responses to Tasty Turmeric Smoothie

  1. RunningHigh #

    WOW! I’ve been adding turmeric now to my morning protein smoothie– 1 cup of almond milk (home made), 1.5 frozen bananas & 1 scoop of vanilla whey protein and its delicious!

    • Ryan Carmody #

      That sounds like a morning protein smoothie I could get down with. Nice work on the homemade almond milk. Cheers!

    • Carolyn #

      I just pulled out my bottle of turmeric today. I have been feeling achy in my joints and I can only assume it’s due to inflammation. I drink a daily smoothie of spinach, 1/2 banana, blueberries or strawberries, and almond milk. My Google question was whether or not turmeric could be added to smoothies and your link came up. Thank you. Can you tell me how much turmeric I should add?

      I also add to my aforementioned smoothie; 2 tablespoons rice protein, 2 tbsp. golden whey, 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder. I will now add a tablespoon of coconut oil if that will help with the turmeric.

      Thanks!

      • Ryan Carmody #

        Hi Carolyn,

        Start with 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric and work your way up to as much as a tablespoon, or as much as you can without sacrificing the tastiness of your smoothie. Turmeric, coconut oil, and the rest of those ingredients will make for one healthy smoothie!

        Cheers,
        Ryan

  2. Melissa Smith #

    I cannot wait to try this!

  3. J Back #

    Looks great!

  4. Samantha #

    Great smoothie. I added 1/2 banana, tablespoon of chia seeds and 3 stalks of kale (spine removed. I didn’t bother with a sweetening agent and it tasted just fine.

    • Ryan Carmody #

      Nice add-ons, Samantha, and I love the absence of a sweetener – healthy indeed!

  5. Chris #

    Sounds delish!

    I have been using turmeric for a few month now mixed with water. From searching online i have realised turmeric needs to be mixed with a source of fat to work in your system? Anyway today i made a turmeric mixed berries lemon banana ginger spinach oat honey sunflower seed smoothie with a dash of milk! It was amazing.

    My only worry is I’m using wheatgrass powder and matcha green tea powder daily also! Along with sweet potato butternut squash soup! I wonder if you can over do on all these healthy foods! I train daily so hopefully not :)

    • Ryan Carmody #

      Hi Chris,

      I’m not familiar with consuming turmeric with fat to increase efficacy. If true, I would add coconut oil to your smoothies to take advantage of this. I do know that turmeric and black pepper consumed together potentiate each others health benefits. Not ideal for smoothies, but other dishes.

      That smoothie sounds delicious. I wouldn’t worry about overdoing it on healthy foods. That’s tough to do :)

      Best,
      Ryah

  6. I’m on an anti-inflammation crusade after having been diagnosed with Chronic Inflammatory Disease and Costochondritis. This smoothie was my breakfast today with a couple of changes. I subbed a half teaspoon of flax oil for the coconut, added a fresh raw beet, and used frozen organic raspberries in place of the blueberries, as I read somewhere that blueberries, eggplant, tomatoes, potatoes and peppers may increase inflammation. I got a delicious, gorgeously colored smoothie that tasted wonderful. Thank you for this recipe. It will be a regular part of my rotation!

    • Ryan Carmody #

      Hi Marla,

      Flax oil in place of coconut, raspberries instead of blueberries, and a fresh raw beet are great tweaks to the original recipe. Love to see you making it your own!

      I’ve never heard of blueberries causing inflammation, actually just the opposite. The article below detailing the health benefits of blueberries states that their unique phytonutrient profile function both as antioxidants and as anti-inflammatory compounds in the body.

      http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=8

      Food for thought.

      Cheers,
      Ryan

    • lou #

      Has the Anti-inflammatory smoothie worked for you. Just curious, think I may have alot of inflammation and want to fix it.

  7. Kevin #

    Hi Ryan- I know Turmeric acts as a blood thinner, just want to know if it’s safe to include in a smoothie along with other ingredients like celery, apple, parsley, coriander or cilantro, blueberries, coconut oil, flaxseed oil etc. Also, how big a dose of Turmeric powder should I use? I am approx. 250lbs.

    Many thanks Ryan,

    Kevin.

    • Ryan Carmody #

      Hey Kevin,

      Yes, turmeric is safe to blend with those other ingredients. Start with 1/2 teaspoon and work your way up to 1 heaping tablespoon of turmeric.

      Cheers,
      Ryan

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