Surprisingly delicious. So here’s the story: I have put turmeric in my smoothies before. It was always pretty decent. I gradually stopped because in general I get bored of the same thing everyday after a few days. Then last night I went to a FeedLife North Indian cooking class put on by my friend Colin and his mum (they are the two nicest humans on earth FYI). Colin explained the myriad of health benefits that traditional South Asian spices provide and every time he said “menstrual pain relief” my ears perked up and I excitedly turned around to Jack with eyes that said: “REMEMBER THIS.” Among other useful pieces of info I learned turmeric is literally 200-2000% more nutritionally beneficial when you eat it with black pepper (and ideally a fat source). What the heck. Here’s the study that proves it. Basically: the stuff in turmeric that we want is the curcumin, and this thing in black pepper – piperine – helps the absorption rate and bioavailability of the curcumin… a lot.
I felt inspired by this so this morning – actually it was the afternoon because I have been sleeping like an animal in hibernation lately – I went about makin a smoothie with turmeric, black pepper, coconut milk and some fruits. It ended up REALLY yummy, way better than I thought it was gonna be. I highly suggest making this or something like this everyday or every few days. Turmeric is suuuuper good for you; there are pretty legit claims it helps prevent cancer development and other shitty diseases no one wants. In other news: I was really enjoying the frostiness of our winter here but now it’s just rainy so I am in steady anticipation of summer. I want HEAT. I miss my bike rides, lying in the sun all day like a lizard on a rock, eating huge bowls of homemade mango sorbet, and the expanded selection of edible plants at the farmers markets. I’m not gonna say “woe is me” because life is still essentially terrific, but I’m ready for some nude beaches and watermelon juice. Anyways. Enjoy the smoothie!
1 roughly chopped red bell pepper
1 cup frozen strawberries
1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 cup coconut milk
1 teaspoon maple syrup (or whatever sweetener you like)
1 cup fresh orange juice
Blend it all up and drink it down.