How To Make A Healthy Coffee Turmeric Smoothie
I don’t know about you, but with a hectic schedule, I am always running short on time.
That’s why I am always on the lookout for ways to make my life easier. But at the same time, I also want to watch my health.
The perfect way to do this is to use a healthy alternative to candy or chocolate when I need a boost.
This is why I love the idea of adding coffee to smoothies.
And not just coffee; this recipe also includes the colorful spice, Turmeric, which is getting a lot of attention these days for its healthy properties.
Want to know more? Read on.
Coffee Turmeric Smoothie
I am always on the lookout for ways to make my life easier. But at the same time, I also want to watch my health. This is why I love the idea of adding coffee to smoothies.
- 1/4 cup soaked cashews
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp ground turmeric
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- 1 tsp ground coffee fine grind
- 1 1/2 cup almond or coconut milk
- ice cubes
Pop the cashews in a large bowl of water and a little salt for at least two hours
Put all the ingredients into a blender and blend for at least 30 seconds
How do you say it? Ter-mer-ic or Too-mer-ic?
Turns out you’re right either way, at least according to the dictionary.
This spice is a popular addition to curries, and is known for it’s vivid yellow color and pungent, slightly bitter aroma.
Turmeric is described as having the taste of citrus and ginger; the latter isn’t surprising as the two plants are related. Like ginger, turmeric is produced by grinding the root into a powder.
The spice is used to bring color (it’s often used as a substitute for the very expensive spice, saffron) and for its earthy flavor.
It has been used in Ayurvedic recipes for thousands of years, and has recently gained popularity for its range of health benefits.
Studies have suggested that Turmeric has the following useful properties:
- Anti Inflammatory properties
- Antioxidant properties
- Improved brain health & function
- Lower risk of heart disease
- May prevent certain cancers
- Preventing Alzheimer’s
- Easing Arthritis
- Helps with depression
- Protects against age-related chronic disease
With all those benefits, it makes sense to try and include turmeric in your diet where possible.
Combine those with the health benefits of coffee?
You have just found a great way to give yourself a shot of energy and nutrients to recharge your batteries right when you need it.
Turmeric and Coffee: A Flavor Match Made in Heaven
While not every coffee drink is a perfect match for every java drinker, this one is a pretty great crowd pleaser, nonetheless.
Well, while the coloring of the spice can be rather intense, Turmeric, coming from a root, is naturally quite an earthy tasting substance ...and so is coffee! Especially when you’re dealing with beans from regions like Sumatran or Central and South America or even if they're simply darker roasted.
The two ingredients — coffee and turmeric — really do work quite nicely together.
NOTE: You can find out all about matching coffee bean flavors, origins, and brewing methods in our article Are You Murdering Your Coffee Beans? There’s A Good Chance You Are..
Turmeric grows all over the world, making it a great ingredient to easily get your hands on for a recipe like this.
In order to get the health benefits of the turmeric, though, you’re going to need to put a substantial amount into your coffee. Hence the ground ginger (or some use alternatives like orange zest or an orange peel) in order to balance out the flavor.
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What You Need to make a Coffee Turmeric Smoothie
Ready to get started? Gather the materials and ingredients, and let's do this.
Step 1 - Soak Your Cashews
Did you know that cashews aren’t actually a nut?
They’re the seed of the fruit from the cashew tree. They’ve become a staple of the raw food movement, because they can be blended to create a non-dairy creaminess like nothing else.
But, blending cashews from dry can leave you with a bitty taste, so it’s better to soak them first.
To do that, just pop them in a large bowl of water and a little salt (they’ll swell up so give them enough space to expand and stay submerged) for at least two hours.
PRO TIP - You can get the same effect in about 15 minutes by following this method from pastabased.com. It’s just a matter of adding water & cashews to a pan and bringing the water to a boil. Switch it off, let it cool and you have soaked cashews.
Alternatives: You could use cashew nut butter to save time, or substitute nuts for a banana if you prefer a fruity base to your smoothie.
Step 2 - Grind Your coffee
We’re not going to brew this coffee, just add it to the smoothie mix, so set your grinder to the finest setting it has. This will help extracting maximum flavor with minimum grit.
PRO TIP - If you don’t have a grinder, you can use a kitchen grain mill to grind your beans.
Watch this video to see how it’s done:
Step 3 - Blend
Put all the ingredients into your blender jug and hit the ‘on’ switch.
Leave it for at least 30 seconds to blitz all that flavor and goodness into one, deliciously cool drink.
Pour, pop in a straw and enjoy a liquid breakfast, or a post workout snack that will really put a spring in your step.
A Note on Blenders
You can make most smoothies well enough with a cheap blender (or even a stick blender if you’re careful not to make a mess).
But, honestly, if you are really into smoothies, you’ll want to look for something with a bit more oomph, something that can take the intensity of daily wear and tear without falling apart on you three months after getting it.
It also helps to look for a model that has both a blending and a milling blade (for nuts and seeds) if you use more than just fruit.
If you like to drink your smoothies on the go, another thing to keep in mind is to opt for a blender then has ‘take-away’ containers so you can blitz and go.
For this recipe in particular (which doesn’t have any hot liquids) our money’s on something affordable like the Nutribullet.
However, if you’re a “blending fanatic” that’s into other splended-blended concoctions like the famous morning-riser fad bulletproof coffee, we’d suggest getting something like the Blentec or Vitamix that can take both the heat and the intensity of daily use.
How Did You Like Your Coffee Turmeric Smoothie?
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Did you tweak it or make it straight?
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And once you’re turbocharged with a caffeine and turmeric hit, there’s no excuse to be anything other than your best self for the rest of your day.
Final note: if you feel like trying more exotic coffee recipes, check this awesome article.