A month ago I was watching a video of Raw Food Chef and YouTube star Dara Dubinet making a tonic using actual turmeric root. She mentioned that the root itself, rather than the ground powder, is not always available in markets, which is what I had experienced in San Francisco. After checking out numerous grocery stores and farmers markets around the city, I just couldn’t find the root itself.
Recently, I noticed Whole Foods was selling it! I was so excited when I finally found it — I walked out of that store with a huge smile on my face and lots of turmeric root in my bag! I couldn’t wait to taste the root and use it in my smoothies and juices.
First, let me explain my passion for turmeric: It’s one of the best anti-inflammatory foods you can consume. Anti-inflammatory foods can help prevent all sorts of diseases and ease or cure chronic conditions, according to many doctors and health experts. While all the data and studies have yet to be 100% conclusive on this outcome, I can tell you my stomach, my skin, my mental and physical states all benefits from eating anti-inflammatory foods. It’s also speculated that the reason India has such a low rate of people with Alzheimer’s Disease is because of all the turmeric in traditional Indian food.
Organic turmeric powder had a mild flavor and goes great sprinkled on eggs, popcorn, veggies, in raw dressings and even with warm almond milk and honey for a soothing nighttime drink.
Now that I had this precious turmeric root, I didn’t want to waste an ounce of it. I blended the peeled root up with some fruit to make a healing smoothie that was so fresh, tasty and hydrating, I kinda wished I could swim in it.
If you can’t find turmeric root, you can always use powder. However if you’re super eager to try the real thing like I was, you can buy organic turmeric root here.
Serves 1 as a meal (great for breakfast), or 2 as a snack
- Juice of 4 organic oranges
- 3 cups frozen organic pineapple
- 1 can of coconut water with pulp
- About 2 Tbsp. fresh, peeled turmeric root
Use a juicer to extract the orange juice. Pour this into a high-powered blender and add the pineapple, coconut water and turmeric root. Blend until smooth. Enjoy!
What do you make with raw turmeric root?