If one of your personal goals is to incorporate more healthy, active ingredients into your everyday lifestyle, then a carrot, apple turmeric smoothie can be an easy and efficient way to maximise the imparting health benefits of all ingredients.
This key ingredient carrot, apple and turmeric smoothie recipe fuses the nutrients of both fruit, vegetables and active ingredients to create an effective way of adding more healthy vitamins and minerals directly into your diet.
Whilst we know it’s tempting to invest in pre-packaged smoothies as a more convenient, accessible alternative to supplement our busy lives, research suggests that the average store-bought smoothie may use “up to six times the recommended portion of fruit and vegetables”, making it much easier to consume a higher amount of calories and sugar than if you were to replicate our smoothie recipes at home.
As well as a significantly higher level of sugar and calories, most store-bought smoothies won’t provide you with the essential nutrients you need. As studies suggest that store-bought turmeric powders contain very little turmeric, which means that you’re more likely to miss out on the benefits of turmeric that contains higher levels of curcumin, the active ingredient renowned for its antioxidant properties.
If you’re looking to replicate our everyday carrot, apple and turmeric smoothie recipe, consider choosing high-quality turmeric to benefit you more. Here at the Turmeric Co, our Original Raw Turmeric Shots contain 35g of fresh raw turmeric root, offering a simple, nutrient-dense alternative to traditional shop-bought powders to simply add to your smoothie blend.
Keep reading as we talk you through why we’ve chosen to include each key ingredient and the important role they play in this recipe.
About each ingredient
Often claimed to be the ‘perfect health food’, carrots carry an excellent source of beta-carotene, fiber, vitamin K, potassium and other vital antioxidants. Crunchy, tasty and nutritious, carrots also contain very little fat, making them the perfect ingredient for an everyday smoothie recipe. The naturally sharp, sweet texture is renowned for complementing the taste of turmeric perfectly, which creates a fresh, sweet smoothie with a turmeric kick.
Apples are an excellent source of natural sweetness, but also pack a key nutritional punch. High in soluble and insoluble fiber, vitamin C and various other minerals, apples feed the friendly bacteria in your gut, whilst being a low-calorie, all-natural sweetener alternative to add taste to your smoothie. Containing a variety of phytochemicals, all of which are strong antioxidants, studies suggest that these natural properties can have multiple health benefits if eaten regularly. Which is why we recommend incorporating apples into a regular smoothie routine.
The numerous nutritional benefits of turmeric are well-documented. If you’re looking to read up on further advantages of incorporating turmeric into your diet, take a look at our ‘what are the health benefits of turmeric’ blog post, where we take an in-depth look at the science-backed benefits of this popular active ingredient. A single teaspoon alone of this powerful ingredient alone can provide 26% of daily manganese needs and 16% of RDI of iron, as well as offering other nutritional benefits through potassium and other vitamins and minerals. However, as we’ve previously mentioned it’s important to source the highest quality turmeric in our recipes, to ensure that you’re maximising this vital ingredients nutritional potential. We would suggest using specialist turmeric supplements with raw turmeric as the main ingredient, as these typically have much higher concentrations of curcumin over regular packet spice. Here at the Turmeric Co, our specialist shot drinks contain 35g of fresh, raw turmeric root as well as curcumin, the key active ingredient in turmeric. Providing complete convenience, if you’re looking to replicate this recipe, you could simply pour one of our turmeric shots into your smoothie mixture and have peace of mind that you’re taking full advantage of the nutritional benefits turmeric and cucurmin has to offer.
Coconut water makes up the highest proportion of liquid in this smoothie and is an excellent source of vitamin C, with 24mg per serving - equating to 32% of the recommended dietary allowance. This refreshing salty-sweet liquid has added electrolytes which make it favourable among athletes, as the potassium, calcium and magnesium paired with added carbohydrates help to improve muscle function and can be helpful for recovery after exercise, particularly if you drink this smoothie post-workout. Of course, if you’re not a fan of the coconut water taste, you can always swap out this ingredient and use water with a bit of natural sweetener, but we recommend using coconut water to get the very best nutritional results.
Chop your carrots and repeat the process for the apples, cutting all ingredients into smaller ~2-inch chunks and add to the high-power blender.
If you’re using fresh coconut water, simply pour the liquid into the mix. If you’re looking to add a natural sweetener to your smoothie, add it here.
Add the cubes of ice to the mix and add your turmeric. If you opt for a turmeric shot, pour it in here. If you stick to turmeric powder add 1tsp of turmeric to the blender.
Begin to mix all ingredients in a high-powered blender. If the smoothie is too thick add more coconut water. If it's too thin add another cube of ice or another carrot, adjust accordingly depending on preference.
Pour into a glass, serve chilled and enjoy!
Top Tip: Add more apple slices into the smoothie mix for a sweeter, crisp taste.