I’m not sure who would have won in this debate, Louis Armstrong or Ella, but no matter how you pronounce it, turmeric or tumeric, has fast become a popular kitchen staple. No longer used just to add vibrancy to rice dishes, fresh turmeric root and spice have found their way into almost everything at the grocery store, from teas, to juices, and even skin care products. I read somewhere it may just be the next kale. Poor kale. That one’s still a hard sell for many.
I’ve been getting on the turmeric bandwagon myself, only because I’d rather eat something that is natural to cure what ails me. And why not? Recently my mother told me she wasn’t feeling good so after giving up on Pepto, she made herself a cup of bay leaf tea and that settled her stomach. Could have been a coincidence, or the Pepto, but all I know is that if it doesn’t taste half bad, I’m game.
Ground turmeric has a minerally and earthy taste that some people either love or hate. Like cilantro. Poor cilantro. I’ve purchased a ground turmeric and ginger powder to add to things, because, why not double my chances of reducing the inflammation in my old joints. You could do that if it helps you make peace with trying a new spice perhaps you’ve not used before. “They”, those who predict health trends and then change their stories and say everything gives you cancer, say both ginger and turmeric are good for inflammation. I still feel 80 sometimes when I get up in the morning so I can’t vouch for that, but I will say, once you start using turmeric, the sky’s the limit. Now that I’ve cut all forms of caffeine out of my diet, I really need something to get me going in the morning. This turmeric orange smoothie is just the bright and sunny thing to do so, even on those mornings when I’m feeling quite the opposite. I hit upon the right flavor combinations mainly thinking about colors and the fact that I had some not-so-sweet oranges biding their time in the bottom drawer of my fridge. I’m not a fan of brown smoothies, you know the ones where it started out right and then something went horribly wrong after adding something green. You can start with this recipe and add any of your favorite fruits or veggies, because if you’re going to drink your nutrition, you may as well make it taste and look good. If you’re lucky, it may even cure what ails you, but I’m mostly just an expert in eating, so don’t quote me on that.
- 1 cup roughly chopped celery
- 2 small oranges, peeled
- 1 large frozen banana, peeled
- 1 cup frozen mango chunks
- 1-inch knob of fresh ginger
- 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
- 2 teaspoons maple syrup
- 1 1/2 cups almond coconut milk (or your favorite dairy or non-dairy beverage)
- Toss all ingredients into a blender, on a smoothie setting, if you have it.
- Blend until everything is cold and creamy.