3 Feb 2016

TURMERIC SMOOTHIE (DELICIOUS, DIFFERENT + GOOD 4 U)


Surprisingly delicious. So here's the story: I have put turmeric in my smoothies before. It was always pretty decent. I gradually stopped because in general I get bored of the same thing everyday after a few days. Then last night I went to a FeedLife North Indian cooking class put on by my friend Colin and his mum (they are the two nicest humans on earth FYI). Colin explained the myriad of health benefits that traditional South Asian spices provide and every time he said "menstrual pain relief" my ears perked up and I excitedly turned around to Jack with eyes that said: "REMEMBER THIS." Among other useful pieces of info I learned turmeric is literally 200-2000% more nutritionally beneficial when you eat it with black pepper (and ideally a fat source). What the heck. Here's the study that proves it. Basically: the stuff in turmeric that we want is the curcumin, and this thing in black pepper - piperine - helps the absorption rate and bioavailability of the curcumin... a lot.

I felt inspired by this so this morning - actually it was the afternoon because I have been sleeping like an animal in hibernation lately - I went about makin a smoothie with turmeric, black pepper, coconut milk and some fruits. It ended up REALLY yummy, way better than I thought it was gonna be. I highly suggest making this or something like this everyday or every few days. Turmeric is suuuuper good for you; there are pretty legit claims it helps prevent cancer development and other shitty diseases no one wants. In other news: I was really enjoying the frostiness of our winter here but now it's just rainy so I am in steady anticipation of summer. I want HEAT. I miss my bike rides, lying in the sun all day like a lizard on a rock, eating huge bowls of homemade mango sorbet, and the expanded selection of edible plants at the farmers markets. I'm not gonna say "woe is me" because life is still essentially terrific, but I'm ready for some nude beaches and watermelon juice. Anyways. Enjoy the smoothie!


TURMERIC SMOOTHIE

1 roughly chopped red bell pepper
1 cup frozen strawberries
1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 cup coconut milk
1 teaspoon maple syrup (or whatever sweetener you like)
1 cup fresh orange juice

Blend it all up and drink it down.

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14 comments:

  1. What an unusual smoothie! I often put turmeric with h black pepper but didn't know how synergistic they are. I don' get on with very bitter tastes bu this looks like it wouldn't be bitter. Mohave you ever just a ten fr sh turmeric the out? I had a nibble of some once and it was super bitter, but it's a common remedy in Ayurveda, and once cured me of mastitis.

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  2. Don't know what happened to my keyboard; sold have said have you ever tasted fresh turmeric root?!

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  3. I can't wait to try this! I've never put black pepper in my smoothies before but I'm going to take your word for it- definitely whizzing one of these up this weekend!

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  4. Did I hear menstrual pain relief? Yes please!! What else did he mention?! I shall definitely be trying this when the time comes :D

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  6. Delicious! I can't wait to make it.

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  7. Delicious! I can't wait to make it.

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  8. gonna make it tonight.mouth watering recipe

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  9. This looks amazing and so healthy. I'm a big believer in the healing benefits of turmeric. I've never thought of putting red bell pepper in a smoothie before, so tha's a must-try now!

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  10. I've made this twice now--once last night post-yoga and another this morning bc it was so dang good! I didn't expect to enjoy it as much as I did--I'm hooked now! I used a whole orange instead of juice bc that's what I had on hand and it worked wonderfully :) I added a little cinnamon this morning, as well, and it was delicious. Thanks for such a unique and scrumptious recipe!

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  11. I was doubtful about this recipe because I'm not the biggest fan of the taste of turmeric or of bell pepper--but I just finished my first one, and I'm sold. I should've known you wouldn't steer me wrong. I got two of your cookbooks for Christmas and everything I've made has been fantastic. Thanks for bringing your creativity to this one!

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  12. I have been putting turmeric in my Dandy Blend but I didn't know about the need for black pepper. Will have to try this smoothie!

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  13. How long does this keep? Will it freeze?
    I plan to make some in advance to give to someone!

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  14. Great post and generally, turmeric is used to reduce inflammation and hence is believed to reduce inflammation in blood vessels too. Inflammation in blood vessels in the cause of increased cholesterol levels. If inflammation is cured or prevented by turmeric, cholesterol would be reduced. This is only my guess.

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