I'm in love with turmeric these days, for its many health benefits and deep earthy taste. I try to get as much turmeric in my diet as possible, and my favorite way to do this is with our best-selling Pure Indian Foods' turmeric superghee. This incredible compound brings together organic ghee with a megadose of turmeric, ginger, and a hint of black pepper (which helps increase efficacy of the turmeric). It's great in savory dishes, but it is SO HOT right now that I'm pretty much living on smoothies. And this stuff works so well as a smoothie ingredient — it adds a chai spice-like flavor and depth to the whole thing, aside from delivering a great wallop of anti-inflammatory healthiness.
Why we love using the Turmeric Superghee:
-It's a unique fat-soluble turmeric preparation with the synergy of ginger and black pepper
-Each serving is made from 800 mg of organic turmeric powder. The turmeric powder used is naturally rich in curcumin.
Turmeric the bright yellow of the spice rainbow, is a powerful medicine that has long been used in the Chinese and Indian systems of medicine as an anti-inflammatory agent to treat a wide variety of conditions, including flatulence, jaundice, menstrual difficulties, bloody urine, hemorrhage, toothache, bruises, chest pain, and colic.
The volatile oil fraction of turmeric has demonstrated significant anti-inflammatory activity in a variety of experimental models. Even more potent than its volatile oil is the yellow or orange pigment of turmeric, which is called curcumin. Curcumin is thought to be the primary pharmacological agent in turmeric. In numerous studies, curcumin's anti-inflammatory effects have been shown to be comparable to the potent drugs hydrocortisone and phenylbutazone as well as over-the-counter anti-inflammatory agents such as Motrin. Unlike the drugs, which are associated with significant toxic effects (ulcer formation, decreased white blood cell count, intestinal bleeding), curcumin produces no toxicity.
I don't obsess about exact proportions when I'm making smoothies, but here's a recipe to get you going. I like to blend everything with ice cubes to start, and then once everything's smooth, I'll drizzle in a few tbsp of liquid coconut oil at the end for extra creaminess and health benefits (while the blender's going, pour it in in a thin stream). But you don't have to add the coconut oil at the end if you don't want to. I like to make big smoothies that carry me through most of the day, with plenty of healthy fats and protein. Also, I like a bit of citrus kick in this smoothie to counterpoint all the creaminess, so if you're down with that, just toss an unpeeled lemon wedge in at the beginning, and it'll brighten the whole thing.
1 Tbsp Turmeric Superghee
1/2 Cup Creamy Cashews
2 Tbsp Coconut Manna
1/2 cup of your favorite milk (coconut milk, almond, cashew, raw dairy, or just 1 tbsp of Dastony nut butter and 1/2 cup water
1 Cup ice
dash of cinnamon - we love this one
Optional: wedge of lemon
Optional: Collagen Powder, or Collagen + Whey
Optional: a few drops stevia or coconut sugar (I don't use this, but maybe you like things sweeter?)
Optional: blend in 1-2 tbsp coconut oil at the end
Blend, sip, and reap the benefits of good fats and turmeric.
For another awesome treat, mix smoothie in a pan on medium heat with Vital Proteins Collagen Gelatin and pour into candy molds for delicious turmeric chai gummies!
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