Turmeric Smoothie For Inflammation

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One of the things that I love about smoothies is that they often give you an opportunity to mix things together that you might not have put together otherwise. But once they’re blended up, they can be really delicious!

And that’s definitely the case with this turmeric smoothie. You might not have thought that turmeric could be added to a smoothie with banana and pineapple, but it certainly can and it has some very helpful benefits too.

Anti-Inflammatory Turmeric Smoothie

Why Add Turmeric To A Smoothie?

The reason I’ve been adding turmeric to a smoothie is because of it’s anti-inflammatory properties. I’ve got just a bit of arthritis in my thumbs, and when I have one of these anti-inflammatory turmeric smoothies, it really does seem to help.

And the turmeric flavor is not too strong or overpowering either. In fact, I really don’t notice it at all, especially because there’s a little ground ginger in this mixture (which can help with inflammation too) and adds a counter-balance of flavor.

And another fun thing about adding turmeric to a smoothie is that it gives your smoothie a beautiful yellow color that looks lovely in your glass.

This turmeric smoothie with banana and pineapple that I’m sharing here today is another one of my mixtures that I’ve been making regularly using my Smoothie System, a simple layering system that helps me make smoothies quickly with little to no measuring.

Let’s take a closer look at the ingredients and the layering method for this turmeric smoothie.

Ingredients to make a turmeric smoothie

My Ingredients For A Simple Turmeric Smoothie

This smoothie uses the same strategy I use for most of my smoothies – a three layer system that has a middle layer of frozen fruit between a top and bottom layer of fresh fruit. I almost always use my Magic Bullet for layering my smoothies. If I have any other flavorings or add-in’s (for this smoothie it’s ground turmeric and ground ginger), I add those between the second and third layer.

Then I finish up with a little bit of liquid to help things blend together. I almost always use almond milk, and most of the time I use my homemade almond milk.

layering fruit in a magic bullet container to make a turmeric smoothie

So for this smoothie, my layering method looks like this:

1st Layer – Half of a fresh banana
2nd Layer – Frozen Pineapple Chunks
Add-ins – 1/4 tsp turmeric, and 1/8 tsp ginger
3rd Layer – Other half of the banana
Finish up with about 1/4 cup of almond milk and then blend.

And as mentioned earlier, the result will be a lovely yellow smoothie that’s not only pretty to look at, but is healthy and fights inflammation too.

a yellow turmeric smoothie in a glass with straw

Should We Add Pepper To This Smoothie Too?

One more unusual ingredient you might want to add to this smoothie is a pinch of black pepper. I know this sounds like a strange smoothie ingredient, but black pepper can help with the absorption of the active anti-inflammatory ingredient in turmeric, which is called curcumin. In fact some studies show the pepper can help increase the absorption by 2000%!

I’ve found that just a few grinds from my pepper container doesn’t seem to affect the taste and I’ll sometimes also add this ingredient.

So if you’re feeling adventurous, add a little pinch of black pepper too. It’s fun to try different things when you make your own!

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Anti-Inflammatory Turmeric Smoothie

This simple smoothie has the tasty flavors of banana and pineapple, but also uses turmeric and ginger as helpful ingredients to fight inflammation.
Prep Time2 mins
Course: Beverage
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Healthier, Smoothie
Yield: 1 8 oz Smoothie
Author: Beverly

Equipment:

  • Blender (I like to use my Magic Bullet)

Ingredients:

  • 1 Large Fresh Banana
  • 3/4 cup Frozen Pineapple Chunks
  • 1/4 tsp Ground Turmeric
  • 1/8 tsp Ground Ginger
  • 1/4 cup Almond Milk

Instructions:

  • Place half of the banana in a blender (break it into smaller chunks for easier blending).
  • Add in the frozen pineapple chunks.
  • Add in the turmeric and ginger. (see notes below about also adding pepper)
  • Add in the rest of the banana.
  • Pour in the almond milk.
  • Put the lid on your blender and blend for about 20 seconds or until ingredients are well mixed. If your smoothie is too thick, you can add in a little bit more almond milk.

Notes:

You can also add a bit of black pepper to this smoothie as this ingredient can help your body better absorb the turmeric. Just use a pinch, or a few grinds from a pepper grinder.
This recipe works best with a large banana. If your bananas are rather small, you might wish to add another half of a banana.

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