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Fresh Turmeric Smoothie

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Fresh turmeric smoothie recipe - Mango, fresh turmeric, carrots, ginger, and more make this vitamin and antioxidant loaded vegan smoothie a delicious way to start the day!

Fresh turmeric is probably one of the trendiest ingredients you haven’t heard of, but you should know about. It’s often used in savory dishes, and it is a natural anti-inflammatory. Purported to have health benefits acting as treatment or prevention for all sorts of things because it contains curcumin, I suppose it falls under the “super food” category, but there isn’t solid scientific evidence yet for most of the benefits. It is still really good for you, and it tastes amazing, especially when blended into this bright fresh turmeric smoothie.

Fresh tumeric has a lovely floral flavor that is far more complex than the powder and perfect for smoothie making. You can find fresh tumeric at health food stores or at international or Indian supermarkets. It looks like very small knobs of fresh ginger, with a bright orange center just barely peeking through under a wrinkly brown skin. Look for pieces that have no soft spots and are nice and firm.

Fresh turmeric smoothie recipe - Mango, fresh turmeric, carrots, ginger, and more make this vitamin and antioxidant loaded vegan smoothie a delicious way to start the day!

For this smoothie, I added fresh ginger, mango, carrots, and an orange because apparently I was feeling a bit inspired by the color of the turmeric! Speaking of which… be careful when you peel the fresh turmeric because it will dye your skin a lovely shade of bright yellow. I didn’t notice it so much with one smoothie, but we tested this at least twice more the same day and my fingers were definitely yellow that evening!

You may use frozen mango for a more frozen smoothie consistency (like in the photos), or if fresh mangoes aren’t in season or readily available in your area. Or, of course, if you’re whipping this up in the morning and don’t want the hassle of peeling a mango! I’d recommend using everything else fresh if possible just so that you get the most vitamins out of your food. You’ll need to slice the tumeric and fresh ginger rounds rather thin if you have an older blender. If you have a higher end blender, just peel and toss them in. We purchased a refurbished Vitamix last year and it’s an amazing deal! I use it all the time, such a worthwhile investment.

If you find the flavor of the tumeric to be too strong, sprinkle a bit of cinnamon into the smoothie. It immediately takes the bite down a notch and makes the smoothie sweeter.

Fresh turmeric smoothie recipe - Mango, fresh turmeric, carrots, ginger, and more make this vitamin and antioxidant loaded vegan smoothie a delicious way to start the day!

You can mix the smoothie up a day in advance if you’d like and store it in the refrigerator for an easy grab-and-go breakfast or snack the next day.

We found the tumeric smoothie to be really satisfying, we had one for breakfast and were satisfied until lunch, and had the most interesting reaction. Both the Godfather and I felt our body temperature rise after drinking the smoothie – not in an uncomfortable way, but it felt warming, like we’d just enjoyed a nice hot tea. So I guess that makes this my first “winter smoothie” recipe! Loads of vitamins, warming, delicious, and a beautiful color to boot!

Now if you’ll please excuse me…

Fresh turmeric smoothie recipe - Mango, fresh turmeric, carrots, ginger, and more make this vitamin and antioxidant loaded vegan smoothie a delicious way to start the day!

Fresh Turmeric Smoothie

Fresh Turmeric Smoothie

Yield: 1 smoothie
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 medium carrots, peeled
  • 1 piece thumb-sized of fresh turmeric root, peeled
  • 1 1- inch piece of fresh ginger root, peeled
  • 1 cup frozen mango, or the fruit from 1 fresh mango
  • 1 orange, peeled, seeds removed
  • 1/4 cup water or fresh orange juice, if needed to thin smoothie for blending
  • ground cinnamon, optional

Instructions

  1. Combine the carrots, turmeric, ginger, mango, and orange in a blender.
  2. Blend. Add water or fresh orange juice if needed to thin.
  3. Taste and add ground cinnamon if desired.
  4. Enjoy!

 

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3 Comments

  • Reply
    Barbara Kownack
    February 6, 2018 at 3:00 pm

    Why is there no oil or black pepper, I have been tould you must have the other 2 ingredients for your body to get the best or most absorption of the turmeric?
    I very much enjoyed this smoothie and was glad to find a recipe that listed the size and amount of turmeric root!! Also haven’t figured out why you would peel this root? I just wash it with a scrubie. Thank you

    • Reply
      Mary (The Goodie Godmother)
      February 26, 2018 at 2:02 pm

      I actually haven’t heard that! I peeled mine because the store where I bought the turmeric root sells it in a big bin and the shoppers like to get very handsy selecting their turmeric haha. So personal germ-phobia?

  • Reply
    Tina
    February 21, 2017 at 2:29 am

    I really need this smoothie this morning to get me started! I love using turmeric and have never thought to put it in a smoothie. Great idea!

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