Turmeric's health benefits are numerous. It has a powerful anti-inflammatory effect, strong antioxidant, fights depression, natural heart healer, brain function and memory improver. Also, studies have shown that one of the compounds in turmeric also may help prevent Alzheimer's disease.
Health benefits aside, it's also one of the prettiest spices around. I always keep a jar on hand to throw into rice dishes, chicken dishes – and now my breakfast smoothie.
Turmeric pairs amazingly with citrus, and this smoothie is perfect for when you're running out the door ready to face the day.
Turmeric Citrus Drink
Makes 2 drinks.
1 cup orange juice
½ cup water
2 celery stalks, roughly chopped
2 lemons, juiced
1 orange, juiced
1 carrot, peeled and roughly chopped
1 Granny Smith apple, cored and roughly chopped
2 teaspoons turmeric
¼ inch grated ginger
½ teaspoon kosher salt
Mint, for garnish
Place all of the ingredients in a blender and process until smooth.
Garnish with mint.
Recipe and Photos by Launie Kettler