4-Ingredient Turmeric Shake (Vegan, Dairy-free, Gluten-free, Paleo)

4-Ingredient Turmeric Shake // 80twentyOkay, so turmeric is all the rage. You know, that brilliant yellow powder that stains everything it comes into contact with—your new tea towels, your apron, your fingertips, and even your stainless steel rasp? It’s used commonly in Indian and Ethiopian cooking. But raw turmeric? That’s not been so common, at least around these parts.

Lately, though, I seem to find it kicking around all over the place. It looks a lot like fresh ginger, just smaller and with a bright orange flesh. The first time I picked it up, I have to admit it was all about the novelty and I really had to scour the internet to figure out what to do with it. I have since learned to put it in scrambled eggs and a warm milk drink with honey and cinnamon that’s also pretty great. But as much as I like routine, I decided it was time to shake things up a bit. So guess what? I made a shake out of it! (Obvious pun totally intended) And it’s healthy; I mean like superhero healthy!

Let me give you the scoop. There was this prof in naturopathic school (a hilarious character who liked to tell us about his Ayahuasca trips). Despite his experimentation with psychadellic herbs, he knows his sh$t about science. And this man is in love with turmeric. I mean, people in India and China have been in love with it for centuries, but for the West this love affair is a pretty new thing. Thankfully we have finally come around to it in the western world, because it is indeed a superfood. It can make you live to be a million years old, it can cure cancer, and it stops inflammation on the spot. Duh.

Ok, but seriously, the orange-yellow pigment of this gem is not just beautiful (though its colour really is gorgeous!), it also houses curcumin, a ferociously potent pharmacological agent that boasts MANY health benefits, including alleviating pain and reducing inflammation. Who doesn’t need that on a regular basis? It’s used most commonly to treat joint disorders, digestive problems, and to help protect the liver. And there’s also some evidence to suggest that it’s helpful in preventing and treating certain types of cancer. You can see why my prof was so fond of it, and consequently why I am too! (And for the record, I’m only teasing about the ayahuasca. It has many indications and is highly prized in many cultures.) And this radiant shake, with its creamsicle-like flavouring, brings back memories of the icy childhood treat. Considering how good you’ll be feeling after drinking it, I hope the great memories come flooding in for you too.

4-Ingredient Turmeric Shake // 80twenty4-Ingredient Turmeric Shake // 80twenty

4-Ingredient Turmeric Shake (Vegan, Dairy-free, Gluten-free, Paleo)
Recipe type: Vegan, Dairy-free, Gluten-free, Paleo
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Serves: 1
 
Not just adored for its beautiful looks, this shake (or smoothie) will deliver some serious nutritional power. Fresh turmeric can be found at any well-stocked grocery store, health food store, or middle Eastern market. If you can't find it, substitute dried powdered turmeric in half the amount.
Ingredients
  • 1 large Sicilian blood orange, zested and peeled. Set aside ¼ tsp zest. *This is the BEST kind of orange because it's a bit tart. If you can't find one, a navel orange will do, it will just be sweeter.
  • 4 full-fat coconut milk ice-cubes (freeze full-fat coconut milk in an ice cube tray overnight or until frozen)
  • ¼ cup almond or coconut milk
  • ¼ - ½ tsp freshly grated turmeric, based on taste (Be careful because it stains very easily!)
  • Optional: Honey or stevia, to taste
Instructions
  1. Place the orange flesh, ¼ tsp of the zest, coconut milk ice-cubes, milk of your choice, and ¼ tsp turmeric in a high speed blender and blend until smooth. Add more turmeric if you're feeling feisty. Sweeten with honey if you like and blend again.

 

7 Comments

  • I cannot wait to try this! My husband has been taking Turmeric for a couple months now for inflammation and it’s helping! I’m looking forward to trying it in raw form and love that you’ve supplied a non dairy way to do that. THANKS!

    • Reply March 3, 2014

      Kris

      So glad that I could be helpful. I hope you both enjoy it!

  • Reply March 12, 2014

    Brittany

    Kris! I’m obsessed with turmeric lately, so thanks for posting a new way of including it into my diet. Where do you get your raw turmeric? I can only ever find ground :(

    • Reply March 12, 2014

      Kris

      I see raw turmeric in a lot of well-stocked grocery stores in the city. Fiesta Farms, for example, carries it. Athere’s a Middle Eastern grocery store in Leaside that I often go to, also because there’s an AMAZING shop that grinds their own flours (all sorts) for super affordable prices right beside it. If you want a specific recommendation, email me and I’ll look up the address for you.

  • Reply April 1, 2014

    Meeta

    As an Indian turmeric is a vital ingredient in the kitchen, but I am enjoying experimenting with it away from the Indian cuisine and pairing it in different ways. So this really caught my eye. My mum makes face masks at home from turmeric too so that is an innovative way to use it! ;o)

    • Reply April 2, 2014

      Kris

      Ooh, I love the idea of making a face mask out of it. I make some of my own beauty products, so I’m going to have to look that up. If you can get a Sicilian blood orange, do it! They’re divine in the recipe because of their sweet/tart flavour profile.

  • I’ve just started an anti-inflammation diet this week to help arthritis pain, so this recipe caught my eye. I hope I can find raw turmeric. This looks fabulous besides the heath benefits!

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