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How to Make a Golden Turmeric Smoothie

Sharon Palmer

If you love turmeric smoothies, you can save money and make one quickly—just the way you like it—yourself with just a few key ingredients. All you have to do is get fresh turmeric root at your natural food store (or substitute with ground turmeric), select a golden-colored fruit of your choice, grab your go-to plant-based milk, and find whatever nuts you have on hand, and you’re ready to blend! Follow my step-by-step guide below for how to make a golden turmeric smoothie.

But first, let’s learn a bit more about turmeric! Turmeric, a close relative of ginger, is a prominent spice in curry powder, and is also commonly used to provide the yellow hue in many recipes, such as mustard. The health-promoting benefits of turmeric are attributed to a substance called curcumin, a phytonutrient that imparts the deep orange color to the spice. It’s best to consume turmeric with a fat-containing ingredient, such as nuts, which helps the body absorb the beneficial components. While turmeric consumption is not as widespread in America, it’s widely used in south East Asian cooking and has long been used in Eastern medicine for a variety of health ailments. In recent years, turmeric is gaining much deserved attention in the U.S. and is being studied for its anti-inflammatory powers. It’s been proposed that this spice has a potential role in the prevention of cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease and in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. There have been some promising animal studies with regards to health promotion, although more human trials are needed. In the meantime, it certainly won’t hurt to include more turmeric in your diet; the spice is recognized as safe by the Food and Drug Administration with no known adverse affects.

When used in recipes, turmeric lends warm and earthy, yet pungent taste. While used in excess can certainly be overpowering, using just the right amount in recipes adds a great flavor. Blending turmeric with naturally sweet ingredients in a smoothie is one way to balance out the strong taste.

Follow these easy step-by-step instructions, and blend away!

Step-by-Step Guide:

What You’ll Need to Make a Golden Turmeric Smoothie:

1-inch turmeric root (or 1 teaspoon dried, ground)
2 small carrots, unpeeled
¼ cup nuts (i.e., cashews, almonds, walnuts, pecans, pistachios)
1 cup unsweetened, plain plant-based milk
1 ½ cups orange-colored fruit (i.e., apricots, peaches, mangos, persimmons)
1 small blender
Makes 2 smoothies

Gather together these ingredients: 1-inch turmeric root (or 1 teaspoon dried, ground), 2 small carrots, unpeeled, ¼ cup nuts (i.e., cashews, almonds, walnuts, pecans, pistachios), 1 cup unsweetened, plain plant-based milk, 1 ½ cups orange-colored fruit (i.e., apricots, peaches, mangos, persimmons).
Peel the 1-inch piece of turmeric and add it to the blender container.
Add golden colored-fruit to a small blender container. I used canned, unsweetened apricots in this batch, but you can choose any orange-colored fruit you like, such as mangos, peaches, persimmons, papaya.
Wash and trim the carrots and chop into chunks.
Add carrots to the blender container.
Add the nuts to the blender container. I used cashews, but you can choose any type you have on hand, such as walnuts, almonds, pecans, pistachios, and macadamias.
Add plant-based milk of your choice. I used soymilk here, but you can use almond, hemp, coconut, or oat.
Add 5 ice cubes.
Screw on the lid tightly and blend the smoothie until creamy and smooth.
Pour your smoothie into 2 glasses. This recipe makes about 3 cups of smoothie (about 1 ½ cups per serving).


For more ideas on how to use turmeric, check out these blogs and recipes:

How to Cook with Fresh Turmeric
Top 5 Ways to Use Turmeric
Turmeric Mango Carrot Smoothie


2 thoughts on “How to Make a Golden Turmeric Smoothie

  1. Though it’s in the ingredient list, in the step-by-step directions I’m not seeing (or probably I’m just missing) when you add the turmeric. I’m assuming it doesn’t matter, right? Just toss it in at any time with all the other ingredients?

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