Try This! Add Turmeric to Your Next Smoothie!

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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.

More on fresh vs. dried turmeric: What's the Difference Between Fresh and Dried Turmeric?

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?

(Image credits: Emily Ho)