Anti-Inflammatory Green Smoothie

Happy Monday! I wanted to share my favorite anti-inflammatory green smoothie recipe that leaves me feeling detoxed, replenished, and energized; what better way to start your week?!

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What I love most about this smoothie is that it does not deprive you of any nutrients or calories; it is a complete meal with both protein and healthy fats to keep you full and feeling great. The recipe calls for turmeric, a spice which contains a compound called, curcumin, which is the most powerful anti-inflammatory compound in the world! Studies have shown that turmeric has properties for fighting all sorts of medical issues even better than some prescription drugs. Adding turmeric into your diet is easy to do and a huge win!

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Anti-Inflammatory Green Smoothie

Ingredients :
2-3 handfuls of kale/spinach
1 cup of almond  milk
1 banana
1/2 cup mango
1/2 avocado (optional)*
1/2 tsp of ginger
1/2 tsp of turmeric
1/2 tsp  maca powder (optional)*
Protein choices:
1-2 scoops of all natural plant protein powder (recommend vanilla/vanilla chai flavor)
2-3 tbs of hemp seeds, flax seeds or chia seeds (or a combination of two)

*two optional ingredients that have GREAT health benefits:
Avocado: is a great addition to your morning smoothie because of its nutrients and healthy fat content. Dr Lipman suggests having 1/2 avocado daily with breakfast for sustained energy and fullness. It adds an amazing creamy texture to your smoothie as well!
Maca Powder: is a great superfood that is known to boost energy, libido, improve skin & hair and even balance hormones. It adds a great strong flavor that compliments the ginger and turmeric as well.

Directions:

Fill up your blender with all of the ingredients and blend until smooth and creamy.
Portion into a glass and enjoy! 🙂

Golden Milk

Turmeric is a spice that is becoming a household name, and for good reason!  There have been hundreds of studies that have proven that turmeric has more powerful properties and effects than some pharmaceuticals. Turmeric is best known for its ant inflammatory effects but has too many benefits to count.

Turmeric is considered…

  • A disease-preventive agent
  • Studies have shown to reduce risk of cancers, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s disease among many others
  • An anti-inflammatory powerhouse
  • Studies have shown this spice is great for treating arthritis and other injuries.
  • A digestive aid
  • Turmeric contains a component that helps increase the flow of bile, an important component in the breakdown of dietary fat.
  • An antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal agent which all help strengthen the immune system and ward off the risk of catching viruses.
  • A Liver Detoxifier
  • Turmeric increases production of vital enzymes that break down and reduce toxins within the body. Turmeric is also known to increase and improve blood circulation which aids in this detox process

 

Golden Milk Recipe

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Turmeric Milk is a great way to get immediate benefits; when sipped on first thing in the morning or before bed at night it will cleanse and shock your system reaping all the benefits very fast!

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • dash of black pepper (you need this to activate the turmeric)
  • 2 cups of almond or coconut milk
  • raw honey to sweeten (about 1/2 tsp)

Directions:

  • Heat milk of choice over stove until it reaches a boil
  • Add in the spices and sweetener and let simmer for 5 to 10 minutes
  • Pour into a mug and enjoy 🙂

Turmeric Takeover

Turmeric is a spice that is becoming a household name, and for good reason!  There have been hundreds of studies that have proven that turmeric has more powerful properties and effects than some pharmaceuticals. Turmeric is best known for its ant inflammatory effects but has too many benefits to count.

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Turmeric is considered…

  • A disease-preventive agent
    • Studies have shown to reduce risk of cancers, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s disease among many others
  • An anti-inflammatory powerhouse
    • Studies have shown this spice is great for treating arthritis and other injuries.
  • A digestive aid
    • Turmeric contains a component that helps increase the flow of bile, an important component in the breakdown of dietary fat.
  • An antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal agent which all help strengthen the immune system and ward off the risk of catching viruses.
  • A Liver Detoxifier
    • Turmeric increases production of vital enzymes that break down and reduce toxins within the body. Turmeric is also known to increase and improve blood circulation which aids in this detox process

I always add 1/4 or 1/2 tsp of turmeric to my smoothies but here is probably one of the easiest recipes that will allow you to sneak some turmeric into your diet. These great spicy turmeric chickpeas can be used as a snack or a perfect protein to add to your salad.

Turmeric Chickpeas

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Ingredients:

1 can of organic (no salt added) chickpeas
Turmeric – fresh or ground
Garlic Powder
Chili Powder and/or another cajun spicy seasoning of choice

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
Drain and rinse the can of chickpeas.
Place tinfoil on a baking sheet and spray with olive or coconut oil.
Spread chickpeas in an even layer over baking sheet, respray the tops of the chickpeas.
Sprinkle the chickpeas with a thin layer of turmeric, garlic powder, and other spicy spice of choice.
Bake for 30 minutes or until they are crispy.

Enjoy!

Sunshine & Superfoods Papaya Smoothie

Spring is finally here and what better way to celebrate than with a delicious papaya smoothie recipe featuring seasonal ingredients, and superfoods of course, to get you in the mood. I usually do not gravitate towards fruit smoothies, but this recipe is filled with nutrients and flavor combinations that allow you to sneak in some awesome superfoods and spices to really make it a slam dunk nutritionally. It is perfect for a post workout indulgence!

Spotlight on Papaya:

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Papaya contains high levels of Vitamin C (about 150% of your daily value in just half of the fruit) and Vitamin E, as well as a large number of antioxidants. These antioxidants are known to help fight against cancer as well as many heart related diseases. Papaya is known to boost your immune system because of its cell strengthening properties. This fruit also contains Vitamin A which is known to protect the retinas in your eyes; preventing certain eye diseases and macular degeneration.

Papaya is most widely known to help improve digestion. It contains an enzyme that helps break down proteins in your body which helps gastrointestinal issues and keeps everything moving properly.

Papaya is also known for its amazing affects on the skin. The levels of vitamins and antioxidants in papaya work to fight against skin cell damage. Many nutritionists and natural beauty experts actually rub raw papaya on their skin to help eliminate blemishes, spotting, and heal wounds.

Sunshine Papaya Smoothie

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup cubed fresh papaya, peeled and seeded
  • 1/2 cup mango
  • 1/2 tsp grated ginger
  • 1/2 tsp fresh turmeric or 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 cup almond or coconut milk (I love Califia Farms)
  • pinch ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp maca powder (I use Navitas Naturals)
  • 1 scoop of plant based vanilla protein powder (I use Sprout Living)

Directions: Put all the ingredients into blender until smooth and enjoy 🙂

For another great way to use papayas check out my papaya yogurt boat recipe.

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