Nourishing Turmeric Smoothie

I drink my lightly-spiced turmeric smoothie when I need to feel nourished and soothed.  This golden glass of sunshine contains the natural flavorings of turmeric and ginger.  Both spices have been used for centuries to heal and protect. 

Along with the ginger I use cinnamon to bring warmth and a hint of spice, avocado for its turbocharged nutrient count, and coconut water to help to restore hydration and replenish lost electrolytes. 

It looks good, it tastes great and I feel nourished from top to toe. 

Turmeric Smoothie Ingredients

Turmeric

Smoothies with turmeric have been causing somewhat of a buzz in the last few years and for good reason too!  Turmeric contains a golden yellow compound called curcumin which is said to provide pain relief.  It’s long been proclaimed a superfood for it’s anti-inflammatory, heart disease prevention and immune system boosting properties. 

If you think that turmeric tastes like it might not work in smoothies because of its slightly spiced, bitter-sweet aroma then it’s time for a rethink.  Combined with other deliciously fresh smoothie ingredients such as mango, ginger, carrot, coconut and banana you are in for a seriously good treat.

Ginger

Another star of this recipe is ginger.  From the same family of plants (Zingiberaceae) as turmeric, ginger has been used for centuries to help with digestive system problems and nausea amongst other ailments.  The addition of ginger here adds a spicey warmth that lends itself to the overall comforting feel of this recipe.  Just bear in mind that personal preference for ginger differs from person to person so you may want to adjust the quantities depending on who you are making this smoothie for.  

Coconut water

Coconut water on its own is thirst-quenchingly refreshing as it contains 94% water and very little fat so it’s good for restoring hydration and replacing electrolytes that can naturally deplete or are lost during exercise.  Coconut water is a good source of fibre as well as containing anti-oxidants.  It also makes for a great taste partner for turmeric smoothie recipes.

How To Make A Turmeric Smoothie

This delicious and nutritious turmeric smoothie recipe takes just 5 minutes to prepare.  Jump straight to the full recipe instructions for specific details but if a heads up will do, here goes:

First prepare your avocado and add it to a blender.  Add all of the remaining ingredients and blitz until smooth.  Check the consistency of your smoothie.  You can adjust the consistency by adding more of the coconut milk if you prefer a thinner smoothie. 

For an extra flourish of sweetness, you could add a drizzle of honey or maple syrup or a sprinkle of stevia.  Blend again before pouring into a glass and serving.

Turmeric Smoothie Recipe Variations

Mango Turmeric Smoothie

For the sweet, sweet taste of summer, why not add mango to this turmeric smoothie recipe?   Just add 130g of fresh or frozen mango pieces to a blender along with the remaining ingredients from my turmeric smoothie recipe for a real taste sensation. 

More Delicious Smoothie Recipes

If you are familiar with my blog, you’ll know that I am a smoothie advocate.  They are just so quick and easy to prepare.  They make a nutritious and healthy breakfast or snack and they are so versatile to make and convenient to transport if you’re busy or on the go.  You can pick and choose your ingredients depending on what you like, what you have at home or what’s in season.  Most importantly, you can have fun thinking up new creations and getting the kids involved with making them. 

I personally love my Easy Mango Pineapple Smoothie.  A tropical flavored smoothie made with frozen mango and coconut milk for a heady summer vibe that never disappoints.  On the other hand, I do love the wholesomeness of my Mixed Berry Smoothie. A triple berry and oats delight that never fails to keep me going until lunchtime when I know I have a busy day ahead.      

Turmeric Smoothie Recipe

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Turmeric Smoothie

Course Breakfast
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings 1

Equipment

  • Blender or Food Processor

Ingredients

  • ½ avocado
  • 130 ml coconut water
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 thumb sized piece of ginger peeled and grated
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (optional)

Instructions

  • Pour the coconut water into a blender or food processor
  • Prepare the avocado by destoning it, removing it from the skin and slicing into chunks. If you have time, pop the avocado in the freezer for 2 hours. Then add to the blender
  • Peel and grate the ginger then add to the blender
  • Add the turmeric, cinnamon and protein powder (if using)
  • Blend all ingredients until smooth and creamy
  • Pour into a glass. Add ice cubes to serve if desired and enjoy!

Turmeric Smoothie Ingredient Substitutes

Carrot Ginger Turmeric Juice

If you don’t fancy the idea of a creamy smoothie but enjoy the nutrient value of fresh and wholesome ingredients, then a fruity juice is a great alternative.  Simply replace the avocado and protein powder from my turmeric smoothie recipe with two peeled and grated carrots and the juice of two oranges.  Blitz in a blender along with 130ml coconut water, turmeric, ginger and cinnamon. 

Alternatively, how about adding pineapple to compliment the flavour of the coconut milk for a truly tropical taste?  Simply follow my instructions for the carrot ginger turmeric juice, replacing the carrot with a quarter of a pre-prepared pineapple.  

What to Use Instead of Avocado in a Smoothie

If you don’t have avocado or don’t like the taste then banana is a good alternative.  Replacing the avocado for a sliced up pre-frozen banana means you’ll still get a deliciously creamy texture.  Adding banana will also enhance the sweetness of this smoothie.

Tips

– Turmeric has a rich, vibrant color that will easily stain not only clothes but plastic and wood too.  You may want to be choosy about what you use to prepare your turmeric smoothie recipe in.

– Turmeric has a rich, vibrant color that will easily stain not only clothes but plastic and wood too.  You may want to be choosy about what you use to prepare your turmeric smoothie recipe in.

– As just a small amount of ginger is called for this turmeric ginger smoothie recipe.  You could easily freeze any leftovers for another time as it freezes really well.  You can either peel and grate it before putting it into a freezer-proof plastic container or you can leave it whole as it’s easier to peel once it’s frozen. 

FAO

Can turmeric help with sinus inflammation?

Turmeric is rich in antioxidants and contains natural anti-inflammatory properties making it a great home remedy for treating inflammation and sinus congestion.  When combined with ginger and steeped in hot water the vapours can help to loosen mucus from blocked nasal airways and therefore relax sinus pressure.  Why not try my delicious turmeric smoothie for inflammation problems?

Is there a link between turmeric and fibromyalgia?

It is widely understood today that Fibromyalgia is a neurological disease affecting the central nervous system rather than a condition that causes inflammation or damage to joints.  Since turmeric contains a natural anti-inflammatory it is not thought that turmeric can relieve symptoms of fibromyalgia.

What does turmeric taste like?

On its own turmeric has a rather pungent, earthy taste.  Whilst not unpalatable, it’s not particularly pleasant or pleasing to the senses.  Its transformation into something sweet and fragrant takes affect when added to other ingredients to flavour curries or smoothies.  Try it for yourself! It truly is a delight.

Can I use turmeric for vitiligo?

Some complementary therapies do claim to relieve or prevent vitiligo. However, the current train of thought is that more research is needed before recommendations on the use of turmeric for vitiligo can be made.  And there is currently no evidence to support the effectiveness of treating vitiligo with turmeric. 

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