Herbs and spices add flavor to foods, and are often a great way to reduce the salt you use in cooking. However, some spices may also provide additional benefits to your health. Many contain “phytochemicals”, potentially having some added health benefits.
Last year, General Mills sent me some samples of their new cereals that use natural ingredients and spices to provide color (in place of artificial colors). Turmeric is one of the ingredients they are using to provide an orange color to foods, naturally. They sent me a jar of the spice and I’ve been looking for new ways to use it ever since. I’ve added it to chicken dishes, and soups and stews. But today I thought I’d add some to a smoothie!
Turmeric comes from the turmeric plant, and is often used in Asian cooking (curry). It has a bright orange color and may have beneficial properties that can help ease an irritable bowel, reduce inflammation, or tame a headache. It seems to be trending, and since I had a jar in my pantry, I figured I’d add some to a smoothie.
Inulin, which is sourced from chicory root, is a functional prebiotic fiber, that may also help support gut health http://www.beneo.com/Benefits/Digestive_Health/. It’s sometimes used as a fat replacer, in foods such as yogurt or pudding. This allows for a lower calorie product (great for middle aged women and men), that also has the benefit of additional fiber.
This smoothie recipe includes both turmeric, and Dannon Triple Zero® yogurt (which contains chicory root fiber). And of course, I wouldn’t share it if is wasn’t delicious! Not to mention that it’s filling, and only 160 calories!
STRAWBERRY SALTED CARAMEL SMOOTHIE
- 5-6 ripe strawberries
- 5.3 ounce container of Dannon® Triple Zero Salted Caramel Yogurt
- 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 2-3 ice cubes
- 3 TB water
- Whirl all ingredients in a blender or juicer until completely smooth. Makes one 160 calorie serving (with 15 grams protein).