Anti-Inflammatory Turmeric and Ginger Smoothie

Anti-Inflammatory Turmeric and Ginger Smoothie
Sometimes our days don’t always go as planned.

Like this past Monday for example. I walked into a door at work, went to the ER, and got 4 stitches in my face. Great way to start the week Alyssa.

That night I went to The Squeeze, a juice bar located in my building. The woman who works there is a “Rawist” and believes in naturally healing the body. She took one look at my stitches and poured me a shot of ginger and turmeric. Both have amazing anti-inflammatory and healing benefits! Inflammation is known to be correlated with weight gain, bloating, acne, fogginess and depression. We try to cut out the foods that cause inflammation in most of the recipes on our blog. These include gluten, dairy, soy, refined sugar, and processed ingredients.

Besides fighting inflammation and healing wounds, turmeric also improves digestion, detoxifies the liver, reduces cholesterol, boosts your immune system, and works to break down dietary fat (woo!). So turmeric, you’re the shit.

As you could have guessed, this past week I’ve been living off of this Turmeric and Ginger Smoothie. And you don’t need 4 stitches in your face to enjoy it 🙂 It’s delicious, and heavenly for your insides. This smoothie is a great way to incorporate turmeric into your diet as a meal replacement or a healthy snack. 

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Anti-Inflammatory Turmeric and Ginger Smoothie Anti-Inflammatory Turmeric and Ginger Smoothie

Anti-Inflammatory Turmeric & Ginger Smoothie  
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Ingredients
  1. 10 oz unsweetened almond milk
  2. 1/2 frozen banana
  3. 1 large handful of frozen peaches
  4. 1 teaspoon of turmeric
  5. 1/2 teaspoon of ginger
  6. 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  7. A few dashes of black pepper
  8. 1/2 teaspoon of chia seeds
  9. 1 teaspoon of raw honey (or more to taste)
Instructions
  1. Add all the ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.
Notes
  1. According to studies, the black pepper is included to help the body absorb all of the turmeric; otherwise it gets metabolized too fast
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  • Sounds awesome but I’m unable to see the ingredients and instructions in the email version of the post. I can see it if I visit the full site. Just letting you know!

  • Hey Amanda you are right! We just changed the layout of our blog so something must have changed in the email formatting. I’ll look into it! Thanks 🙂

  • I do something very similar, fruits and greens, and have added black pepper as I heard it increases the effectiveness of the turmeric. I really feel the turmeric works.

  • Hi- I tried this last night and love it! One questions though, do you have any info on how much omega 3 is “too much”? I take roughly 1200mg daily of omega three fish oil because I have a connective tissue disease and am therefore always looking for natural ways to help control my body’s inflammation. I was just wondering if digesting these types of drinks/meals that are high in omega threes already means I should be cutting back on the supplements, or if there’s not really such a thing as too much of this nutrient. thanks!!

    • Hey Steph, glad you liked it! So I would absolutely consult your PCP or a licensed nutritionist on this one. I did a little research and found some conflicting recommendations on Omega 3 dosage. Although there is only a teaspoon of turmeric, you are already at a high level of omega’s so I would double check if you are thinking of making this smoothie a part of your routine 🙂

  • Finally gave it a try tonight, and it’s … different. It’s something I can see getting used to after a couple weeks. I feel the health benefits are worth it, since I am of the belief that the best thing anyone can do for their health is to reduce or counteract the inflammatory responses in the body.

    May I ask why you chose frozen peaches as opposed to some other fruit? Just curious if peaches have some properties that make them better as an anti-inflammatory.

    Thanks,

    Ron

    • Hey Ron! It’s definitely different tasting, but worth it 🙂 I chose peaches just based on taste preference. I feel they blend they best with the ginger and turmeric.

      • Just in case it helps anyone else, it’ll taste a lot better if you use exact measurements. Rounded scoops on the spices can make it a bit overpowering. Definitely take a knife and scrape across the top to get level teaspoon or 1/2 teaspoon.

  • I’m on Day 15 of my cleanse -almost to the finish line! Do you have any suggestions for a banana replacement in your smoothie recipes?

    • Hi Alaina! Ah that’s one of the hardest things for me on the cleanse! I would just add more of whatever the other fruit is in the smoothie recipe. So for this one double up on the peaches. Mango, blueberries, avocado, apples and pineapple are my other go-to’s for my morning green smoothie! Just think you had 6 more days! Then if you find bananas do not bother you, you can add them back in 🙂

    • The ginger and tumeric are the great anti-inflammatory ingredients! So you can substitute flax for chia seeds if you need to 🙂

  • I just made myself a smoothie this morning and really enjoyed it especially knowing that it is anti inflammatory. I slightly altered the ingredients, avocado for frozen banana, aloe vera juice for unsweetened milk, omitted frozen peaches, chia seeds and cinamon and added garlic instead. I am trying everything possible to boost my immune system after cancer attack five years ago.
    Thanks a lot for putting this recipe out there. I hope every one is curious enough to get a hold of it. You are doing a wonderful job. Keep it up

  • I have been making this smoothie for approx 1 month now. About half an hour later I get stomach cramps just wondering if has happened to any one else,
    Regards Ded

    • Hi Debra! I haven’t heard of anyone else having stomach cramps but maybe your body doesn’t tolerate the turmeric or the ginger well? Maybe decrease the amount and see what happens?

  • My name is Chelsea Stark. And I recently was diagnosed with lupus. I just started a blog titled lupus my invisible companion and I’m looking for people to share some life stories. And some vitamins for exercises or prescriptions that help them. The goal of this blog is to help other people with lupus and maybe educate those who do not have it. I thought your smoothie would be a great addition to my blog. Here is the link. https://lupusmyinvisiblecompanion.wordpress.com

    • Hi Chelsea! You are doing such an amazing thing by starting a blog to inform and connect people diagnosed with lupus. Feel free to use this smoothie on your blog 🙂

  • Tumeric is not water soluble – it needs to be accompanied by an oil in order to be processed in the body. Something like a teaspoon of coconut oil or flax seed oil will work, otherwise most of it is just passing right through you! (Keep this in mind also when making tea – you can’t just steep it in water!) Hope this helps someone 🙂

    • Hi Nicole, I did not come across any of this information during my research, so thank you for sharing! Do you have a suggestion on how to alter the recipe?

    • Yes, I’ve read several places that Turmeric needs an oil carrier to be of any benefit. Great suggestion. I’m going to try this smoothie with coconut oil and enjoy the health benefits!

      • Thank you Maria! I just found your website this week and it has been a lifesaver! I have osteoarthritis and bone spurs in my knee and lumbar stenosis causing excruciating pain and inflammation. I am looking forward to this helping!

  • I made this recipe today! Swapped a couple things because I didn’t have on hand – mango for peaches, dates for honey and I added maca powder. I was DELICIOUS! probably one of my favorite smoothie recipes! (oh, and I added a touch of peanut butter…) Great recipe!

  • I tried this for the first time this morning in the thick of some serious period cramps (sorry fellas, this is for the ladies) and I feel so good! I haven’t reached for the Advil once since I had it 7 hours ago! I’ll drink it again next time Aunt Flo comes around to be sure it works, but thank you for the good feelings I have today!