Summer is here and one of my favorite things about summer is all the fresh fruit that is finally in season. More fruit means more yummy breakfast smoothies! Here is a new smoothie I made this week. It has an unusual spice included: turmeric!
Turmeric is a plant. It’s roots are dried and ground up into a spice that is used commonly in Asian and Indian cuisine. It has a slightly bitter taste and is one of the main spices used in curry. Turmeric is also widely used as a medicine. It has been used in India for over 2500 years to treat everything from arthritis and Alzheimer’s, skin and eye infections and stomach ailments.
The main ingredient in turmeric that has many health experts excited is called curcumin. There is hope that it can help prevent cancer and many other diseases because of its anti-inflammatory properties and effect on blood sugar.
As with any supplement or vitamin you should talk to your doctor before taking it.
Okay, now onto the recipe!
1 small banana
1 cup orange juice
1 cup coconut milk
1/2 – 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder (less is more because of this spice’s bitter taste. Start with 1/2 teaspoon and add more to taste)
Blend all the ingredients until smooth.