You’ve probably seen turmeric on the ingredient list of a few recipes. Perhaps you've even cooked with it. Maybe you added it to a curry, used it as a light spice on roasted vegetables or to up the flavor of a soup.
But, have you ever considered adding turmeric to your smoothie?
While turmeric has a super long list of health benefits and medicinal properties, I mostly love adding it to smoothies because of the way it adds depth with its savory-spiced flavor and brightens up my drink with its pretty orange-yellow color.
On its own turmeric is earthy, fragrant and somewhat pungent, and can have a little bit of a bitter taste. I totally get it if that doesn't sound appealing. But combine a spoonful of turmeric with ingredients like coconut, mango, banana and ginger, and you're in for a real treat!
Try one of these two ways to add turmeric to your smoothie:
- Fresh turmeric root – Peeled and either cut into small pieces or grated.
- Ground turmeric powder – Found in the spice aisle at most grocery stores, and can be spooned right in to your drink
Fresh vs. Dried Turmeric
Fresh turmeric can be a little tricky to find, so I often turn to ground turmeric powder, instead. But, when I'm lucky enough to spot it I almost always take some home.
As a general rule of thumb, keep this tip in mind:
1 inch fresh turmeric = 1 tablespoon freshly grated turmeric = 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
Also, if turmeric is new to you just add a little bit to your drink to start. You can always add more later.
Get a recipe!
Not quite sure yet about adding turmeric to your smoothie? Want to try a full recipe for a smoothie that has it? Try this tasty option.
Have you ever tried turmeric in your smoothies?
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