Monday, January 6, 2014

Mango and Turmeric Smoothie

Here comes a deliciously healthy smoothie that was inspired by my recent trip to Singapore. 

Days may be getting a little bit longer but the sun is still hiding behind a thick layers of grey, impenetrable clouds. And it is cold! On days like this I love to bring a little bit of sunshine into my kitchen. With few exotic ingredients and a cheerful music in the background all the winter darkness disappears in an instant. 

  • 2 cups chopped ripe mango (use frozen if fresh is unavailable)
  • 1 1/2 inch chunk fresh turmeric (curcuma) root, peeled and chopped (use 1/2 tsp turmeric spice if fresh turmeric root is unavailable)
  • 1 cup coconut water
  • 1/2 tsp organic vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp cold pressed argan oil (use flax oil if argan oil is unavailable)
  • pinch Celtic salt
  • sweetener of your choice (optional)
  • 2-3 ice cubes (optional)

  • Place all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth. Do not add ice cubes if you are using frozen mango.
  • Pour smoothie into glasses and enjoy in good company!

I did not use any sweetener, but you may add a teaspoon of mild raw honey, especially when you are using dried turmeric spice which is a bit more intense that the fresh curcuma root.

Tip: Wear gloves and protect surfaces when handling turmeric root - it stains! 

This simple but delicious smoothie combines healing properties of mango, turmeric, argan oil, Celtic salt and coconut water. Mangoes are rich in vitamins, especially vitamins A and C; inflammation fighting quercetin; and fiber.

Turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory agent that has been used in the Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda for thousands of years to tread variety of conditions. Latest scientific studies provide evidence that turmeric is not only effective in treating such conditions as the rheumatoid arthritis, cystic fibrosis and the inflammatory bowel disease, but also certain forms of cancer since it protects cells form the damage caused by free radicals. It also has the potential to destroy mutated cells. Turmeric supports liver function, protects the heart and helps lower cholesterol.

Argan oil is considered to be one of the healthiest oils known to us. This rarity comes form Morocco and has been used there for ages to treat skin conditions and nourish the body from inside out. Argan oil is rich in vitamin E and fatty acids. It contains rare plant sterols not found in any other vegetable oil. Plant sterols, or phytosterols, help control cholesterol levels and reduce inflammation. Argan oil helps improve digestion by increasing the concentration of pepsin in the gastric juice.

Celtic salt not only enhances the taste of used ingredients, but most importantly, is delivers valuable minerals and 84 trace elements.

Water of young coconuts is not only delicious, it balances electrolytes in the body providing perfect hydration. It also helps avert high blood pressure and balance blood sugar.

In radiant health - passionately raw - Dominique

Dominique Allmon©2014

*Information in this article is for educational purposes only and is not meant to diagnose or cure a disease. 


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