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Apparently, when you’re a superpower spice, you get to make “top food trend” lists for more years than one. Last year, trend setters began sharing nourishing versions of turmeric-infused golden milk. But this year, turmeric is expected to hit the mainstream. More consumers will experiment with it. Chefs will tap into its creative uses. And mixologists will incorporate it into their drink menus. But there’s no reason to get too fancy. My everyday turmeric smoothie and the other recipes below are delicious ways to enjoy this nutritious golden spice anytime.
Healthy Tips for Using Turmeric
Curcumin is the component in turmeric that is hailed for health, but it does require a couple of aides to maximize its power. On its own, curcumin can do just a little good, but black pepper has been shown to increase curcumin bioavailability by 2000%. Yes, that common spice can boost how much our bodies utilize from turmeric by two THOUSAND percent.
Also, curcumin is fat-soluble, so many dietitians recommend enjoying some fat with turmeric to help improve absorption. In my everyday turmeric smoothie recipe below, I add a little full-fat coconut milk for both its creaminess and to support the turmeric. I love making my food do double duty.
More Golden Plant-Based Recipes
Turmeric isn’t just for curries anymore. With a beautiful hue and somewhat mellow flavor, it can be incorporated into all sorts of dishes and drinks.
- Creamy Anti-Inflammatory Dressing (vegan, gluten-free & soy-free)
- Golden Milk Latte (vegan, gluten-free & food allergy-friendly)
- Tangerine Mango Tango Lassi (vegan, gluten-free & food allergy-friendly)
- Golden Coconutmilk Bars (vegan, gluten-free & soy-free)
- Creamsicle Winter Sustainable Smoothie (vegan, gluten-free & food allergy-friendly)
- Golden Butternut Squash Soup (vegan, gluten-free & food allergy-friendly)
- Quinoa Bowl with Healthy Hollandaise Sauce (vegan, gluten-free & soy-free)
- Coconut Mango Smoothie (vegan, gluten-free & food allergy-friendly)
- Queso Sauce (vegan, gluten-free & soy-free)
- Baked Broccoli Dumplings with Indian-Spiced Gravy (vegan, gluten-free & food allergy-friendly)
And don’t forget to enjoy my Everyday Turmeric Smoothie recipe below, too!
Special Diet Notes: Everyday Turmeric Smoothie
By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan, plant-based, top food allergy-friendly, optionally paleo-friendly, and optionally Whole30-friendly.
- 1 frozen ripe banana, broken into chunks (can sub ¾ cup frozen mango chunks)
- ½ to 1 cup dairy-free unsweetened coconut milk beverage (I use So Delicious)
- 2 tablespoons full-fat coconut milk
- ¼ to ½ teaspoon vanilla extract (I use alcohol-free)
- ½ teaspoon ground turmeric
- ⅛ teaspoon ground ginger
- ⅛ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Pinch salt
- Pinch black pepper
- 3 to 5 drops pure stevia or your favorite sweetener, to taste
- Place the frozen fruit, ½ cup milk beverage, coconut milk, vanilla (to taste), turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, salt, and pepper in your blender and puree until smooth.
- Blend in sweetener, to taste, and more milk beverage to thin, if desired.
How do you use fresh turmeric in this recipe?
According to what I’ve read online 1/2 tablespoon of fresh grated turmeric equals 1/2 teaspoon of ground turmeric.
Hi there! I love love love this smoothie! I am just wondering if you would know how many points that would be for weight watchers? Thank you
I’m sorry, but I’m not familiar with the weight watcher’s point system.
Im trying to figure out what the second coconut milk is? Im thinking it may be the canned coconut?
Full-fat coconut milk, otherwise known as plain old coconut milk, is sold in cans or small aseptic packages. Coconut milk beverage is the type you drink or poor over cereal that comes in large aseptic quarts and half-gallons.
In the recipe I noticed you wrote twice as Coconut milk but when I click the link one of the is matcha powder.
I think you meant to say 2 tablespoon of matcha powder not coconut milk??
Hi Melinda, the link redirected because their full-fat coconut milk is no longer available – sorry about that. I fixed the direction. There isn’t any matcha powder in this recipe, so no need to worry about finding some!
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I tried your recipe, which is great, except I miss read the recipe and added too much turmeric. What can I do to make it less strong?
Ooh, yikes, turmeric is strong! I would try adding more banana or sweetener.
I am just learning about the many health benefits of Turmeric and always look for new and great ways to incorporate this spice. I can not wait to try this for myself and share it. Thanks for posting.
Just tried this today, and loved it. I juiced some fresh turmeric, and used honey as my sweetener. Such a great recipe, thank you!
So glad to hear you enjoyed it and thank you for the feedback Elia! Great idea on juicing fresh turmeric – I will try that, too.
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I have been adding turmeric to my shakes and morning drink, I will definitely make this as soon.. Thanks for the recipe!!!
I hope you enjoy it Coly!
That’s really interesting about turmeric and fat. I’ve started to incorporate it more into our green smoothies and wonder if I should add a fat to it so we can get all the turmeric benefits.
I can’t give specific dietary advice, but based on what I’ve read, fat soluble micro-nutrients do need some fat with them to aid in absorption. Just to assure general balance, I usually add a little fat to every smoothie (and protein) be it with nut or seed butter, seeds, coconut cream, etc. Lots of options!
This looks so comforting and I already love the plant based queso sauce, but seeing the link here makes me want to rush to the kitchen and make it 😉
Well hopefully you get the chance to make it Chrystal!
Turmeric? Hmmm…I’m not very familiar with that spice. Is it gingery? I’m gonna have to buy some and test it out. Thank you for the recipe
Have you had Indian curry Elizabeth? Turmeric is a key ingredient in it. It has mild gingery notes, but isn’t spicy and is more aromatic. It’s used most in savories, but since it’s relatively mild, it works well in sweets and/or for simply making a dish brilliantly yellow!
SOOOO trying this smoothie, thank you!
I am thinking turmeric is going to be a huge thing this year! I have been seeing so many new recipes with it! This Smoothie though!!! I am grabbing the stuff at the store to make this ASAP!
I love your enthusiasm Meg! It really does seem to be the “it” spice. I hope you enjoy the smoothie as much as I do!
I love this! I am obsessed with turmeric and have been adding it to everything, will try this delicious looking smoothie next!
I love how a spice is becoming an obsession! Definitely beats many of the unhealthy “obsessions” out there!
This was absolutely amazing. I’ve never drank a smoothie that fast! Perfect anti-inflammatory ingredients. I am battling lyme disease right now and this helped my brain inflammation immensely. Thanks so much for the great recipe ❤️
I’m so sorry to hear about your struggles Monica! Wishing you full health in the very near future and many more tasty smoothies!
This sounds so good with all of those delicious spices. I love the pretty color from turmeric too!
Thank you Jessica!
Love using turmeric in smoothies! Looking forward to trying your smoothie recipe!
Right? It’s amazing how many flavors it blends well with.
Your recipes sound great! I just found out that I am lactose intolerant today. And I like turmeric! I still have a lot to learn. Thank you!
You’ll get the hang of it quickly Linda! Enjoy …
I love turmeric and cannot get enough! Smoothies, tea, milk, fries, veggies, breads I just can’t stop! Can’t wait to check out some of these!
Haha, well it is the golden spice! I love the idea of turmeric bread – yum!