real raw kitchen: RECIPE: healing turmeric smoothie

Friday, September 26, 2014

RECIPE: healing turmeric smoothie

Since I started eating raw foods, and particularly when I went all raw for awhile, I stopped getting sick. At first I thought nothing of it, assuming that I simply had a stellar immune system, but then as the years passed I realized that I had a spectacular record that coincidentally matched up with my raw food lifestyle. I used my diet and lifestyle as a sort of shield, holding complete faith in it whenever I encountered sick people. For the most part, it worked well.

Then as I adjusted my diet to include more cooked food (and admittedly, less healthy food altogether) I was able to watch my body transform into a different, slower, achier machine. And a sicker machine, as well. 

There are many reasons why I started incorporating cooked foods into my diet, some of which include animal products, but none of those reasons were to increase my physical health. It was moreso to gain weight against my low appetite (which worked a little too well, if you ask me) and now that my weight is back up and I'm feeling a little tingle in my throat I couldn't help but freak out a little bit and revert right back into my raw food lifestyle.

First things first: this healing turmeric smoothie. 

Why is it healing?

  • Turmeric is a potent (and natural) anti-inflammatory. Think: arthritis, skin inflammation, bowel issues, etc.
  • Turmeric is loaded with curcumin (which gives it that vibrant, beautiful color). Curcumin has noted benefits in fighting cancer and disease, which is essentially an inflammation problem in the body.
  • Turmeric also helps with blood sugar levels as it supports proper liver function and boosts the efficacy of insulin receptors.

So I put together something that would be filling and creamy and also packed with the good ole' benefits of turmeric. I tapped away on my keyboard, asking the Internet whether turmeric was best with orange juice or coconut milk (I've tried the oj-turmeric combo before and wanted something new).  I first found this recipe by Green Kitchen Stories and thought it sounded so delicious (subbing the yogurt with coconut milk).

After flipping through their recipes a bit more, however, I discovered their Ginger & Turmeric Honey Bomb and I have to tell you: I will be making this later this evening. 

Healing Turmeric Smoothie

for the smoothie:

for the soup:
  • Combine everything in a high speed blender and blender until smooth.
  • Dust with more turmeric.
How easy is that?! Yup. I like simple. 

For the more unique ingredients, here is what I used:

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  1. This sounds yum! I love turmeric and add it to anything I can! Haven't used ginseng in a smoothie before, I'll make sure to give it a go. xx

    1. Ah yes, it's really a great boost :) It's really one of my favorite secret ingredients!

  2. How many does this serve? Looks absolutely delicious! :)

    1. Good question! I drank it all myself throughout the morning. I eat A LOT and recommend anyone that eats primarily raw or 801010 consumes a lot more calories. Now, if you're also eating cooked food with bulkier calorie content then this entire serving may not be necessary ;) Maybe cut it in half and see how you feel!

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  11. Your best bet is to dissolve some turmeric in heated ghee (clarified butter) and use that in your smoothie. It binds to then fat and is transported across cell membranes in this form. Once inside, the fat is cleaved off and the great benefits of turmeric are available to cells and tissues. Good luck.

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