Anti-Inflammatory Turmeric Yogurt Smoothie

Anti-inflammatory turmeric yogurt smoothie (c) Fotolia
Anti-inflammatory turmeric yogurt smoothie (c) Fotolia

A key aspect in promoting healing and quick recovery after a food allergy or autoimmune disease diagnosis is reducing inflammation inside your body.  One of the easiest ways to do this is through food, focusing on foods with anti-inflammatory properties like green leafy vegetables, cauliflower and other cruciferous vegetables,  fermented cod liver oil or wild-caught salmon, sardines, cod, trout and striped bass, cold pressed olive oil, coconut oil, berries, rhubarb, garlic, and spices like ginger, cinnamon, clove.

The king of all anti-inflammatory spices, turmeric, is an aromatic rhizome with an earthy orange-ginger scent and slightly bitter taste. When paired with the pro-biotic properties of raw yogurt, local honey, orange and ginger, the lightly sweetened and delicately spiced, cool and creamy concoction will provide a much needed sigh of relief. If fermented dairy is a trigger food, substitute almond or coconut milk.

The fresher the root, the more powerful the anti-inflammatory properties, so check your local organic stores for the actual tuber and grate your own, just as you would ginger. If purchasing dried and ground, buy from a reputable source rather than relying on common varieties at the grocery store, which can sometimes sit on store shelves for over a year.

Lugging around and cleaning the blender is sometimes a chore during the morning rush, so we quickly fell in love with our Oster My Blend, saving us a few steps. I’m hoping they come out with a glass version, but for now, we’re making the most of our BPA-free plastic tumblers.

Anti-Inflammatory Turmeric Yogurt Smoothie
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Recipe type: Beverage
Serves: 8 oz
  • 3/4 cup organic, raw full fat, plain yogurt
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice, plus more to taste
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated turmeric or dried ground
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated gingerroot
  • 1 tablespoon local honey, any variety
  • Pinch of ground cardamom
  • Pinch of freshly ground black peppercorn
  • Scant pinch of sea salt
  1. Using a blender, combine all ingredients until smooth. Add additional orange juice to thin until desired consistency is reached. Serve cold.