It has been such a hectic past few weeks. The ‘to do’ list just keeps growing! What have I learnt these past few weeks?
Even if the load of your ‘to do’ list feels like a mountain…smile more! Every time I smile, I remind myself how fortunate I am to be busy in the best possible way, helping others and doing work I feel so passionate about. Isn’t that the biggest blessing! For me, this simple, yet powerful act has bought tranquility and clarity in some tough situations this week.
And of course, there have been many, many fun-filled, magical moments. Here are just some that I captured yesterday with my little man. These images inspired me to write a blog piece sharing our turmeric pina colada recipe with you all.
This sunshine in a glass is a hit in our household…and that expression on IzaanAli’s face is a guarantee of how good it tastes. Just before I took this shot, he announced “Mamma, this is ALL for IzaanAli!!” ?
My little man We really can’t get enough of it! Turmeric offers an earthy and fragrant tone, and the sweet scent of pineapple and mango balances the bitterness of turmeric, giving a floral and tropical flavour to this smoothie! This flavour combo is something to adore. Transports me back to our honeymoon in 2001 in Mauritius and La Reunion…Sunshine in a glass!!
A characteristic spice in the South Asian culture, turmeric appeared in virtually all our traditional home cooked curries. But honestly as much as I love curries, I can’t imagine eating them everyday in the hope that we’ll get some turmeric into us.
This smoothie embodies everything I love about smoothies…full of goodness, easy, portable and of course delicious that we can all enjoy as a family. You don’t need to wash or prep any ingredients, as I have used all frozen fruits. Done in fewer than 5 minutes, it really is fast and has shown to offer some furious benefits!
Let’s take a closer look at turmeric
Turmeric has been revered for centuries in Asia for its medicinal properties, many of which are now being validated by modern science. In case you are curious, it is the active ingredient, curcumin in turmeric that is responsible for many of the cited health promoting properties.
Mounting evidence shows that curcumin exerts antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anticancer, and neuroprotective activities. Evidence suggesting that curcumin may help prevent and/or treat colorectal cancer and type 2 diabetes is however limited. Yet, promising research is underway, assessing the efficacy of curcumin in patients with breast, prostrate, pancreatic, lung, or colorectal cancer.
Did you know?
The therapeutic use of curcumin was noted as early as 1748, and the first article referring to the use of curcumin in human disease was published in 1937. In this study, the author investigated the effects of curcumin in human biliary diseases, whereby 67 patients with cholecystitis found remarkable relief with the intake of curcumin. Since this initial identification, interest in curcumin research in human participants has increased remarkably.
This dairy-free, tropical and refreshing turmeric smoothie is delicious and full of goodness! If you are new to this fragrant and earthy spice, just add a pinch and give it a try. You can always add more if it meets favour.
I sometimes add in almond butter and /or chia seeds to give this a protein kick!
Have you ever tried turmeric in your smoothie?
So, kuch kuch hota hai? If you try this recipe, would love to hear from you! Leave a comment, rate it, or share a photo and hashtag with #desiliciousrd on Instagram and twitter! Can’t wait to see your photos.
Oregan State University, Micronutrient Information Centre, http://lpi.oregonstate.edu/mic/dietary-factors/phytochemicals/curcumin, visited May 19th 2016.
Loeber CC. De curcuma officinarum. diss Inaug Halae. 1748.
Oppenheimer A. Turmeric (curcumin) in biliary diseases. Lancet. 1937;229:619–621. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(00)98193-5.
Turmeric Pina Colada Smoothie
- 1 cup coconut milk unsweetened
- 1 cup frozen pineapple
- ½ cup frozen mango
- 1 banana ripe
- ¼ tsp cinnamon powder
- ½ tsp turmeric powder
- 4 ice cubes
- Place all the ingredients, except the ice cubes in a blender
- Blend for 45 seconds, or until smooth
- Add the ice cubes and blend for 15 seconds
- Serve with sprig of fresh mint and a sprinkle of turmeric