Although I usually have either a green juice or smoothie in the morning, today I really fancied something different and as I had some pineapple needing to be used up, I decided to have a Turmeric Smoothie instead.
1 cup Almond milk (or coconut milk)
½ cup pineapple (fresh or frozen)
1 fresh banana
1 tablespoon coconut oil
½ to 1 teaspoon turmeric
½ teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon ginger
1 teaspoon chia seeds
Place all the ingredients into a blender and process until smooth.
I tend to buy fresh root ginger in bulk, juice it and freeze it in ice-cube trays. I added one frozen cube to this smoothie rather than powder and it definitely gave it the ‘wow’ factor.
Turmeric is the root stalk of a tropical plant that’s part of the ginger family. One of the main components of the spice is a substance called curcumin which has potentially healing properties.
You can buy fresh turmeric in Chinese and Indian supermarkets. It’s widely available in a dried powder form in supermarkets. The spice is used in lots of Asian dishes, mustards and pickles.
Turmeric has been used for many thousands of years in Chinese and Indian Ayurvedic medicine for conditions including heartburn, diarrhoea, stomach bloating, colds, fibromyalgia and depression. Followers of Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine also sometimes apply turmeric to the skin for ringworm and infected wounds as it’s said to have anti-bacterial properties.
NB: All the photographs used in this blog have been taken by me, and are of food I have prepared myself.