Apple smoothie recipe with an anti-inflammatory twist

WWhile there’s no denying that PSL is the reigning queen of fall drinks, you’d definitely be cheating the season if you didn’t expand your repertoire. There is a whole cornucopia of seasonal produce and spices to explore! And if you’re still holding on to those last days of summer, this smoothie recipe may be just what you need to get you through.

The three main ingredients in this smoothie are turmeric, ginger, and apple. The apple provides a tart shimmer that makes it a refreshing thirst quencher (especially when drunk cold). But the warming properties of ginger and turmeric give the drink weather-sweater vibes rather than tank tops.

Molly Kumar, recipe developer and creator of Easy Cooking With Molly, says she came up with this recipe as a way to add more benefits to her blender. “I’ve always been a fan of apple smoothies, but I wanted them to have more energy and boost immunity, so I decided to add turmeric to it,” she says. “Turmeric powder is easily found in most homes and is the quickest and easiest way to add that dose of immunity to your body.” To her, turmeric is one of the most powerful anti-inflammatory herbs out there, which explains why it has been a staple of Ayurvedic medicine for centuries before it was widely adopted as an ingredient in the US.

Watch the video below to learn more about the health benefits of turmeric:

Kumar also says that apples go especially well with turmeric. “The sweetness of the apples makes the slight spiciness of the turmeric powder go away,” he says. In terms of what to consider when making this recipe, his pro advice is to use fresh turmeric or organic turmeric powder, which, in his experience, has a stronger, purer flavor. “If you’re using fresh turmeric, wash it and then peel off the outer skin, using only the reddish-yellow part. A small half-inch piece of fresh turmeric is enough when you use four or five apples.”

Kumar also says that this smoothie tastes just as delicious hot as it does cold, so you can keep it in your drink rotation even late in the season. “To heat it up, just use warm water when you do it instead of cold water.” [and omit the ice],” she says.

Here is the full recipe so you can try it at home. Watch out for pumpkin spice, a new fall drink is coming.

Turmeric Ginger Apple Smoothie Recipe

Serves 1

2 apples, cored, peeled and chopped
1/4-inch fresh ginger
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1 cup of ice
1 cup of water
Maple syrup (or any other sugar substitute, to sweeten it)

1. Add all the ingredients in a blender. Pulse to form a smooth mixture.

2. Pour into serving glasses. Enjoy fresh or store in the refrigerator for up to two days.

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