Get refreshed with turmeric: 2 unconventional smoothie recipes

Lowers cholesterol levels. Helps with bloating. Improves memory. Relieves muscle soreness and joint pain. Reduces symptoms of anxiety and depression. Protects against Alzheimer’s and some cancers. Is there anything turmeric can’t do?

Although this bright yellow spice, full of anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anti-bacterial effects, is mostly talked about in the colder months as an addition to hearty, spicy dishes or as a base for a delicious turmeric latte, you can get your summer fix too.

Together with Garance Leureux, author of Cooking with Turmeric, we’ve selected two turmeric smoothie recipes that will leave you feeling refreshed and nourish your body at the same time – just what we need in this (surprisingly warm) British summer.

Kefir smoothie with red fruits
This combination of turmeric and fermented kefir bacteria gives a great boost to your gut health.

Serves 1

4 small glasses of fermented milk
200g/11⁄2 cups mixed red berries, fresh or frozen
4 tbsp agave syrup
1 tsp turmeric

Combine all ingredients in a blender. The turmeric gives fiery undertones to this healthy smoothie. Garnish with left-over berries and serve deliciously chilled.

Green smoothie
A simple way to consume your five-a-day and improve your immune system.

Serves 1

2 peaches or mangoes
1 tsp turmeric
2 handfuls of young spinach or salad
1 banana

Begin by blending the peaches or mangoes and turmeric together. Wash the spinach and add to the blender, little by little. Lastly, mix in the banana. Dilute to attain the consistency you like best. Drink immediately.

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