I wasn't quite sure what to expect when I came across a recipe for a smoothie involving tahini, ground turmeric and ground black pepper! Was I ever glad I tried it out! This recipe is incredibly delicious and nutrient-dense, and has now become one more go-to smoothie in my breakfast smoothie rotation. It's important to eat a rainbow of food colours; this sunshine-yellow concoction is no exception and starts a fresh day off right!
Recipe source: Alive Magazine
Yield: 1 serving
1 cup unsweetened plain or vanilla almond milk
(I used homemade, unsweetened almond milk)
1 banana, fresh or frozen
2 soft, Medjool dates, pitted and torn
1 tbsp. tahini (sesame seed paste)
1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. ground cardamom
1/4 tsp. ground turmeric
1/8 tsp. ground black pepper
A few ice cubes, if needed (if banana was not frozen)
Combine all ingredients in a blender, in the order listed.
Blend on high until smooth and creamy, adding additional almond milk if a thinner drink is desired.
Serve immediately. Enjoy!
Is sesame seed paste
“Unhulled” sesame seeds/tahini will be more nutrient-rich yet more bitter,
“Hulled” sesame seeds/tahini will contain less calcium, due to the hull/outer coating of the seed being removed
Is rich in dietary fiber
Rich in calcium, copper, iron, lecithin, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, riboflavin (vitamin B1), selenium and zinc
Turmeric’s main, active ingredient, curcumin, is a powerful anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, anticancer agent, fighting free radicals that cause cellular damage in the body[i]
Turmeric is effectively used for arthritis, stomach pain, diarrhea, intestinal gas and bloating of the stomach; it is ideal for inflammatory bowel diseases[ii]
[i] Mother Nature Network: The Amazing Health Benefits of Turmeric. (2008). Retrieved November 25, 2015 from http://www.mnn.com/food/healthy-eating/stories/the-amazing-health-benefits-of-turmeric
[ii] WebMD: Turmeric. Retrieved November 22, 2015 from http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-662-turmeric.aspx?activeingredientid=662&activeingredientname=turmeric