Tropical Turmeric Smoothie

Get your daily dose of super-foods in this easy recipe featuring turmeric. You can use powdered or fresh turmeric root. Both will provide the nutrient boost that this food provides.

Fresh turmeric root

Turmeric deserves it's spot as a superfood. It is high in Iron, Manganese, Vitamin B6, Fiber, Copper and Potassium.  Curcumin, a phytonutrient found in turmeric, acts as an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and promotes detoxification in the liver. I recommend using fresh turmeric if available and increasing the amount in your smoothie as you become familiar with the peppery bitter flavor.
Studies have shown adding black pepper and turmeric will increase the bodies ability to absorb the cucumin.  Read more about the relationship between black pepper and turmeric here.
Turmeric is also great combined in savory dishes such as red lentil soup or coconut curry. Time to head back to the test kitchen to use up these fresh turmeric roots,
One note of caution; the fresh root is messy! Turmeric is bright yellow and will stain everything it comes in contact with. I found a good tutorial on wiki with tips for removing stains.

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