As a dietitian, for me, beauty is an inside job. We often feel our best when we are nourishing our cells with high quality, nutrient-dense foods, rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. However, eating a clean, whole foods diet is difficult to achieve 100% of the time. It’s not about aiming for perfection, but simply incorporating more of those nutritious goodies into each meal or snack.
Perhaps you have heard of turmeric.
If you haven’t, the short story is that it’s a deep yellow spice, derived from a root of a plant in the ginger family. Turmeric has been used in Asian medicine and cuisine for thousands of years. Its active ingredient, curcumin, is a powerful anti-inflammatory, and has preliminarily been shown to improve skin health, both when used orally and topically. It has a mild earthy taste, but can be used in a variety of dishes; sweet and savory. You can sprinkle it on eggs, use it in soups, spice up a marinade, or even put it in a smoothie as shown below. Adding turmeric to your daily intake is a great way to improve your nutritional intake, and can help you towards feeling your best.
The following smoothie recipe is inspired by the change of season and would be a great snack or even post-dinner dessert. It may seem a little strange at first glance, but it is delicious (and husband-approved)!
Sweet Potato Turmeric Smoothie
1 small sweet potato, cooked*
½ cup frozen pineapple
½ tsp vanilla extract
¼ tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp ground ginger or ½ tsp freshly grated ginger
¼ tsp turmeric
1 tsp honey maple syrup or 1 medjool date
Juice of ½ of a lemon
1 cup almond milk
2-3 cubes of ice, optional
1. Combine all ingredients (including ice, if using) in a high speed blender or bullet, and blend until smooth.
2. Serve with a sprinkling of cinnamon and enjoy!
*Note: You can chop and steam the sweet potato the day before and chill in the refrigerator in an airtight container to use in this smoothie.
By Reena Panjwani, M.S., R.D. - Resident Expert, Dietician