Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Turmeric-Honey Smoothie

fresh tumeric
I picked up some fresh tumeric at the farmer's market in Opelika this weekend. I've used the powdered yellow turmeric in many curries, couscous, and Middle Eastern dishes (and noted the ways in which the yellow dyes my wooden spoons and countertops), but have never seen the fresh plant, which looks a lot like ginger. The farmer mentioned that it's delicious blended with honey, yogurt, and granola, so I decided to experiment with my morning smoothie. Yum!

Tumeric-Honey Smoothie

1 1" piece of turmeric, peeled and chopped into a few large chunks
1 cup Greek yogurt (I believe in full fat yogurt)
Honey I picked up at my CSA
1 tsp of local honey (really great around here, and good for allergy season, I'm told)
1 banana, broken into small chunks
3/4 cup mixed berries, fresh or frozen
1 tsp flaxseed or powdered flax
2 tbl milk (I also use whole)
3-4 small pieces of kale (if you have some around!)

Put all ingredients in a blender, or into a cup and use an immersion blender to mix together, and enjoy! Quick, delicious, and filling as a morning treat!

my back porch in morning sun
But, I did discover that fresh turmeric does stain hands and countertops! Nothing a few rounds of soap and water can't cure, though.