Besides being one of the healthiest foods in the world, turmeric root is a wonderful antioxidant and inflammatory. And it tastes like a combination of orange and ginger! What’s not to love? (I’m writing this post as part of Williams-Sonoma Juice Week, where the challenge is to come up with a smoothie or juicing recipe that showcases a wild, tart, zesty or spicy ingredient. I hope you enjoy!)
Citrus-ginger-turmeric antioxidant lemonade
1-inch piece of turmeric root (only place I could find it was Whole Foods)
1/2 Meyer lemon
1 1/4 cups coconut water
1 tbsp. sweetener (agave, pure maple syrup, honey, jam)
Juice turmeric root and lemon in juicer. (It will yield less than an ounce.) Fill a glass with ice, pour the juice in, and then add a spoonful of your sweetener. (I used some pineapple-mango jam I bought when we were in Paris, but use any sweetener you like.) Pour your coconut water over it, stir with a spoon and enjoy!
It’s tart, tangy and refreshing, with just the right amount of sweetness.
This was my first time trying turmeric root, and for some reason, I was expecting it to taste like cumin or some other Indian spice, so I thought it’d be a cringe-and-get-it-down kind of juice. But it was actually delicious. Turns out, turmeric root actually tastes like orange and ginger, which was incredibly appetizing to me on this day, when I had a cold and a stomach ache, in addition to the usual duties of taking care of 2 boys under 3.
Cheers to good health, and to using new herbs in unexpected ways!
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