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The benefits of Turmeric are well-studied: from its role in reducing inflammation, to its ability to increase the antioxidant capacity of the body, the Indian Spice has the potential to aid in reversing major diseases. But, how in the world do you use it? Not everyone likes curry, so I wanted to provide four, easily loveable recipes using the healing spice.
Turmeric Smoothie Recipe
We're calling this our Happy HIIT Smoothie because it's perfect for after exercise! This delicious post workout shake will help you recover: the tea and the turmeric will reduce the inflammation that comes with exercise, the ginger will lessen muscle damage and soreness, and the oranges will help lower your cortisol, offsetting that shaky feeling you might get afterwards.
Whenever I do a hard workout, this smoothie heals me! It makes me feel so much better so I hope it does the same for you :)
How to Make It:
Ingredients: Inflammation relief (add 1 tsp to ½ cup of hot water and leave it in the fridge to cool while you're at the gym), 1 cup plant based milk (will improve hydration and add minerals), 2 frozen oranges (peel, break into slices and freeze overnight), 1 chunk fresh ginger, ⅛ tsp turmeric, 1 tiny pinch of salt
Making it: Add all your ingredients to a blender (make sure to strain your tea) and blend until smooth! Voila!
Turmeric Mojito Mocktail Recipe
Let’s make a tropical mojito, well no-jito I should say. Packed with vitamin c from the limes, disease fighting antioxidants from the pineapple, anti-inflammatory compounds from the turmeric and gut healing properties from the mint, this tropical, delicious drink will help you feel your best. Our tropical vacation tea is a part our August box because of its anti inflammatory properties, but it’s also great because it is so versatile in so many drinks, like this one!
This was super tasty and the best mocktail I think I’ve tried so far, honestly. If you love mojitos but are prioritizing your health this summer, try this out!
How to Make It:
Making it: First, brew 2 cups of Tropical Vacation (2 tsp of the tea in 2 cups of hot water for 4-5 minutes). If you want to add sweetener, add it to the hot water. Then, muddle (smash) two juicy wedged limes, 1 cup fresh mint and ½ cup pineapple in a large mason jar (I used frozen but let it melt a little so it was able to be broken up). Pour on top your tea and add 1/2 tsp turmeric. Put the lid on the jar and give it a good shake!
Pour into a small glass with ice and there you have an amazing and delicious drink, that’s also rich in vitamin c and gut healing herbs!
Turmeric Smoothie Bowl Recipe
I'm calling this the Morning Spice Smoothie Bowl because it's energizing and full of delicious, healing spices. While turmeric is one of the most healing spices on the planet, cinnamon is also extremely anti-inflammatory. Lucky for us, they actually go really well together!
A balanced meal with healthy fats and fresh fruit, you're going to want this for breakfast every day because it makes you feel that good!
How to Make It:
Ingredients: 2 bananas, 1 cup frozen mango, 1/2 tsp turmeric, 1 tsp ginger (fresh, powder, or crystallized all works!), 1 pitted medjool date, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1 tablespoon almond butter, 1/2 cup full fat coconut milk and 1 cup Lucky Morning Spice tea. (Optional: add 1/4 cup oats if you like it thick!)
The night before:
1. Freeze your bananas! Peel them and break them into chunks and place in a closed container or bag.
2. Cold brew your Lucky Morning Spice by putting 1.5 teaspoons of the tea into 1 cup cold water, covering and placing in the fridge over night. I usually cold brew using this Tealyra Pyxis Glass Teapot because it's super easy, but as long as you strain out the tea leaves in the morning, it doesn't really matter what you put it in.
The morning of: Place all your ingredients in the blender except for the tea. Because it's a smoothie bowl, you want it to be thicker, so add the tea bit by bit until it's the texture you like. *Optional* Top with fruit of choice (I used kiwi, strawberries, blueberries, pomegranate seeds) and/or seeds of choice (I used chia seeds, but sunflower, sesame, pumpkin would all work great!)
Turmeric Golden Chai Latte Recipe
We've actually made a whole separate blog post on this recipe, so check it out here.
Turmeric is incredibly powerful and deserves a moment of fame for its awesome healing ability. Hopefully you try out these 4 awesome, attainable recipes using the magical spice. Your body (and your taste buds) will thank you!
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