The turmeric trend is well worth drinking up!SHOPTURMERIC
Turmeric is to detoxing as Cher is to Sonny. You really can't have one without the other. And turmeric kills it in the detox game, thanks to its main antioxidant—curcumin, which lends the spice its golden color. Curcumin is also responsible for the countless benefits turmeric is associated with, such as detoxifying the liver, fighting inflammation and free radicals, boosting brainpower, and lowering cholesterol. In fact, turmeric is also revered for its waist-whittling powers. According to a 2009 study conducted by the USDA, turmeric-supplemented mice experienced reduced weight gain and overall body fat level—even when their diet wasn't changed. Now that's impressive.
To help you sneak this super spice into your day, we've paired it with some of our other favorite detox ingredients to create some seriously cleansing concoctions. Try 'em out—and while you're at it, check out these 50 Best Detox Waters For Fat Burning And Weight Loss.
Nutrition: 47 calories, 2.6 g fat (0 g saturated), 151 mg sodium, 5.3 g carbs, 1.6 g fiber, 2.9 g sugar, 1.2 g protein (used unsweetened almond milk)
To craft this golden elixir, combine two cups of your favorite milk (we used almond milk) with 1 teaspoon turmeric, ½ teaspoon cinnamon, 1 teaspoon raw honey, ¼ teaspoon of ginger powder, and a pinch of cayenne. Add all the ingredients to your blender and let 'er rip! Once blended, transfer the milk to a saucepan and heat it for 3-5 minutes, after which it is ready to enjoy.
Turmeric Cinnamon Coffee
Nutrition: 59 calories, 4.7 g fat (3.9 g saturated), 5 mg sodium, 4.5 g carbs, 0.8 g fiber, 2.9 g sugar, 0.4 g protein
Start your day with a turmeric-spiked cup o' Joe. Just brew a cup of strong coffee (like cold brew) with ½ teaspoon cinnamon and ½ teaspoon turmeric. Then, pour the spiced coffee into the blender with 1 teaspoon coconut oil, and ½ teaspoon honey for taste. This is a must-try considering most blended coffee beverages (Starbucks' coffee frappuccino, we're looking at you!) contain one-too-many added sugars and enough calories to make you want to skip breakfast.
Nutrition: 106 calories, 0.8 g fat, 61 mg sodium, 26.7 g carbs, 7.6 g fiber, 14.4 g sugar, 2.4 g protein
To stop inflammation in its tracks, simply juice 2 lemons, 5 stalks of celery, 1 apple, 4 small carrots, 1 teaspoon turmeric, a small piece of ginger, and 5 sprigs of mint or cilantro. This potion is packed with generous amounts of vitamins A, B6, C, as well as iron, and manganese, making it perfect to wake up to or sip on during dinner.
Coconut Turmeric Tonic
Nutrition: 94 calories, 0.7 g fat, 254 mg sodium, 21.8 g carbs, 3.8 g fiber, 15.8 g sugar, 2.3 g protein
Two cups of thirst-quenching coconut water are whirred in a blender with 1 teaspoon turmeric and a half ounce of fresh ginger root to create the base of this brew. Then, using a mesh sieve, strain the liquid into a cup or mason jar. After that, add the juice of one lemon and one tablespoon of honey, and then it's ready to serve. The electrolyte potassium found in coconut water is essential for muscle health and recovery while the vitamin C-rich lemons help detox the liver.
Matcha Turmeric Latte
Nutrition: 21 calories, 1.5 g fat, 82 mg sodium, 1.6 g carbs, 0.9 g fiber, 0 g sugar, 0.7 g protein
Matcha green tea is notorious for its fat-blasting and metabolism-revving effects, so why not add it in conjunction with turmeric to your java? Simply brew 1 teaspoon of matcha powder, ¼ teaspoon cinnamon, ¼ teaspoon ginger, and 1 teaspoon turmeric. Meanwhile, warm 9 ounces of plant-based milk (we like almond milk for this recipe); once it's heated, add it to the spice brew and then stir. If you like your morning latte on the sweet side, feel free to add a natural sweetener like stevia.
Inflammation-fighting Turmeric Tea
Nutrition: 69 calories, 3.8 g fat (0.6 g saturated), 10 mg sodium, 10 g carbs, 2.4 g fiber, 5.1 g sugar, 1.1 g protein
To make this vitamin C-rich brew, combine 32 ounces of boiling water with ½ tablespoon turmeric, 1 tablespoon ginger, 5 sprigs of cilantro, 1 garlic clove, 1 tablespoon olive oil, and the juice of 2 lemons and an orange in a teapot. Let the ingredients steep for about 15 minutes, and then sip on it to stave off the sniffles.
Turmeric Piña Colada
Nutrition: 147 calories, 2.5 g fat (0 g saturated), 38 mg sodium, 27.5 g carbs, 4 g fiber, 16.2 g sugar, 4.8 g protein
If you like getting caught in the rain, you'll probably like this healthy spin on a piña colada, too. Just mix one cup of unsweetened soymilk with 1 teaspoon turmeric, 1 teaspoon ginger, 1 frozen banana, 1 cup pineapple, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Blend it all together and enjoy! If you want something a little creamier, opt for using coconut milk.
Fruity Tropical Turmeric Smoothie
Nutrition: 222 calories, 2.5 g fat (1.3 g saturated), 28 mg sodium, 49.5 g carbs, 5.6 g fiber, 35.3 g sugar, 4.2 g protein
Start your day with a refreshing smoothie that packs in three different fruits and a whole lot of fiber. Grab your blender and add in 2 ½ cups fresh pineapple, 1 frozen banana, the juice of half an orange, ½ teaspoon ginger, 1 teaspoon turmeric, and ½ cup whole milk. If you're iffy about using whole milk, you might also be surprised that it's one of the 20 Healthy Fats That Keep You Thin.
Turmeric Hot Cocoa
Nutrition: 66 calories, 4.3 g fat (3.1 g saturated), 159 mg sodium, 6.2 g carbs, 1.7 g fiber, 3.1 g fiber, 0.8 g protein
Cozying up to a mug of comforting hot cocoa definitely makes winter nights more tolerable, but many of the mixes contain too much sugar and harmful additives. Warm up to a better-for-you version of the sinful stuff instead. Just combine a half cup of almond milk with a half cup of water, ½ tablespoon coconut oil, 1 tablespoon raw cacao powder, ½ teaspoon raw maca powder, ½ teaspoon turmeric, ½ tablespoon maple syrup, 3 dashes of cinnamon and a pinch of cayenne and sea salt. After it's blended, pour it into your favorite mug, heat it in the microwave, and then you're good to go. See how this pick ranks against 19 of Your Favorite Hot Cocoas—Ranked.
Sleepy Time Turmeric Milk
Nutrition: 168 calories, 16.2 g fat (14 g saturated) 1 mg sodium, 1.6 g carbs, 0 g sugar, 0 g fiber, 0.2 g protein
To calm your digestive system and help you fall asleep faster, heat 2 cups light organic coconut milk, 1 teaspoon turmeric, ¼ teaspoon black pepper, and 1 teaspoon ginger in a saucepan. Let it simmer on low for about 5 minutes and then serve. Mixing black pepper with turmeric increases its bioavailability, so you'll be absorbing more of the curcumin's benefits. And don't stress too much about the high fat content—the coconut provides weight-loss-boosting healthy fats.
Turmeric and Chia Seed Shake
Nutrition: 142 calories, 3.6 g fat (0 g saturated), 137 mg sodium, 29 g carbs, 4.4 g fiber, 18.8 g sugar, 2.4 g protein
In a blender, place one and a half cups of unsweetened almond milk, 5 large ice cubes, 1 frozen banana, ½ cup mango, ½ teaspoon cinnamon, ¼ teaspoon ginger, ½ teaspoon turmeric, and 1 teaspoon chia seeds. This smoothie is teeming with cold-fighting vitamin C and muscle-boosting potassium.
Coconut Protein Turmeric Smoothie
Nutrition: 256 calories, 8.8 g fat (5.6 g saturated), 239 mg sodium, 37 g carbs, 6.8 g fiber, 26.7 g sugar, 11.3 g protein
For a punch of protein and satiating fiber, whip up this smoothie with 2 cups of water, 1 cup frozen mango, ½ cup unsweetened coconut flakes, 1 scoop vegan protein powder, 1 tablespoon flax seeds, 1 teaspoon ginger, 2 teaspoons turmeric, and ½ teaspoon cinnamon. Let it rip in the blender and then serve over ice. Not only does this creamy concoction sound totally delish, it packs about 300% of your daily value of vitamin C!
Peachy Turmeric Smoothie
Nutrition: 121 calories, 0.7 g fat (0 g saturated), 148 mg sodium, 28.6 g carbs, 4.9 g fiber, 18.9 g sugar, 2.5 g protein
All you need for this one is a blender and 1 cup of coconut water, a peach, a banana, a carrot, ½ teaspoon turmeric, ½ teaspoon ginger, and some ice. Coconut water is packed with potassium and electrolytes, so we're giving this one the green light. And if you're into the plant-H20 trend, check out these 10 Plant-Based Waters Making A Splash.
Turmeric Green Smoothie
Nutrition: 222 calories, 8.1 g fat (1.5 g saturated), 34 mg sodium, 36.5 g carbs, 6 g fiber, 18.2 g sugar, 7.8 g protein
Blend 1½ cups of pineapple, 3 cups spinach, 1 teaspoon turmeric, 2 ounces tart cherry juice concentrate, 1 teaspoon ginger, 1 ounce organic hemp protein, 1/8 teaspoon pepper, half an avocado, and 3 cups water. This smoothie is vegan, paleo, dairy-free, nut-free, and gluten-free—so it's tailored for every health foodie's needs. If you're diggin' the creamy avo in this shake, check out these picture-perfect 30 Best Avocado Recipes On Instagram
Turmeric Veggie Juice
Nutrition: 142 calories, 1.1 g fat (0 g saturated), 105 mg sodium, 32.9 g carbs, 7.6 g fiber, 17.8 g sugar, 3.5 g protein
Simply juice one beet, 3 carrots, 1 orange, half a lemon, 5 teaspoons turmeric, and a small chunk of ginger. Once the veggies are in liquid form, serve the juice over ice and sprinkle in a pinch of cayenne and black pepper. This superfood-packed pick is teeming with fiber, iron, manganese, vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin B6.
Morning Detox Drink
Nutrition: 35 calories, 0.2 g fat (0 g saturated) 10 mg sodium, 9.5 g carbs, 1.1 g fiber, 6.5 g sugar, 0.5 g protein
Simply bring 2 ½ cups of water to a boil and then turn the heat off and add the juice of a lemon, 1 teaspoon ginger, ½ teaspoon ground turmeric, 2 teaspoons honey. Let it steep for a half hour and then serve it warm. If you like your AM tea hot, go ahead and reheat it—just make sure not to reboil it! Inflammation-fighting ginger gives your immune system a boost, while the turmeric possesses cardio-protective qualities (think: lowering LDL, the bad cholesterol), and antioxidant-rich lemons contain anti-cancer qualities. That's enough to make us wanna wake up to this drink!
Turmeric Chai Latte
Nutrition: 64 calories, 1.3 g fat (0 g saturated), 165 mg sodium, 13.5 g carbs, 0 g fiber, 12.1 g sugar, 0.1 g protein
Our favorite aromatic tea and turmeric come together for a taste bud-approved latte that won't cost you countless calories or sugar. Just steep 2 chai black tea bags in 3 cups of water for 20 minutes. Then, add 1 teaspoon turmeric, 2 tablespoons raw honey, 1/8 teaspoon sea salt and stir 'em in until all is dissolved. Pour three-quarters of the tea into glasses or mugs and then top it off with a quarter cup of cashew milk. After you've tried this creamy latte, we're sure you'll knock your Starbucks habit to the curb.