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Food: Make an anti-inflammatory smoothie

Arica Davis
YUMMY FIXINS
Tribune Food Columnist
Make a tumeric citrus smoothie this weekend.
Courtesy / Arica Davis |

Are you looking for something to help with joint pain? Some people are making the switch from glucosamine to turmeric capsules to help with this pain. I’m not qualified to say if one works better than the other, but it certainly won’t hurt to boost your turmeric intake.

This smoothie is loaded with health-promoting nutrients. Turmeric and ginger contain anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compounds, while ginger helps with digestion and fighting the common cold. Feel free to get creative with the ingredients below by swapping out the banana for Greek yogurt, or using only coconut water or coconut milk for the liquid. You can double the ginger if you like a little kick in your smoothie. You’ll find raw turmeric in most produce departments, near the raw ginger, but if you’re unable to find it you can substitute 1 teaspoon of dried turmeric (found in the spice aisle). Enjoy!

TURMERIC CITRUS SMOOTHIE

Makes 2 smoothies

Ingredients

1-inch piece of raw ginger

1-inch piece of raw turmeric

2 carrots

1 banana

1 large navel orange, peeled

1 cup frozen pineapple

1 cup unsweetened almond milk

1 cup coconut water

Directions

Peel and roughly chop the ginger, turmeric, banana and carrots. Place the almond milk and coconut water into a blender followed by the ginger, turmeric, carrots, banana, orange and pineapple (in that order). Blend, adding more liquid if needed, until desired smoothness is reached. Bottoms up!

Chef Arica Davis is owner/operator of Yummy Fixins, Personal Chef Services and Pasta Parties. Visit http://www.yummyfixins.com or call 530-539-4504 to book your next dinner party.


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