Turmeric Berry Banana Smoothie

printer iconRelieves pain and inflammation.
How’s that for your health? Combining a delicious drink that fills you up, is packed full of healthy ingredients, and fights inflammation all at the same time!
Have fun in the kitchen!

TIPS For Success For Your Turmeric Berry Banana Smoothie

  • Use a quality blender
  • Use the best possible quality ingredients available.
  • Use organic frozen fruit when possible, especially strawberries, as they absorb so much toxins.
  • Use fresh or frozen spinach (see tip below for frozen spinach)
  • Slice the banana and place it in the freezer in advance so it will be sufficiently frozen when needed.
  • If a frozen banana is not available, use a few ice cubes instead.
  • In a pinch, ground turmeric and ground ginger may be used (start with ¼ teaspoon and add to taste).
  • Use the tips mentioned below for storing ginger and turmeric to avoid waste.

 

I make frozen Smoothie Packs to guarantee my success and eliminate any possible excuses:

smoothieAlthough this smoothie is fairly easy to throw together in minutes, why not make it even faster by having all the ingredients ready in packets.

  1. Peel the ginger, turmeric, and banana.
  2. Slice the banana in pieces.
  3. Measure out the ingredients for this anti-inflammatory smoothie (with the exception of the milk, which you will add when making the smoothie) and add to resealable plastic baggies.
  4. Place in the freezer and store up to a month.
  5. When ready to make the smoothie, simply add the ingredients to a blender, add dairy-free milk and blend until smooth. Consume immediately.

Tip: You can use fresh or frozen spinach with these make-ahead smoothie packets. If using frozen, use 1/2 cup spinach, as the volume shrinks in the frozen ver-sion.

Benefits of Ginger and Turmeric:

  • Turmeric and ginger are deemed to have powerful benefits for this anti-inflammatory smoothie.
  • Turmeric is a member of the ginger family and has the active ingredient “curcumin”.
  • Ginger is an herb that can be consumed ground, fresh or as juice.
  • Many smoothies for arthritis pain tend to include these ingredients.
  • But additionally, this turmeric green smoothie has flax and chia seeds which contain omega 3 fatty acids. Omega 3 fatty acids are considered to have wonderful anti-inflammatory benefits as well.

Best Storage For Ginger and Turmeric

I store my fresh turmeric and ginger by wrapping each in a paper towel, then placing them in a sealed plastic bag and storing it in the fridge for up to a week. It is easy to tell the difference between the two because turmeric has a very bright orange flesh.

Freeze both ginger and turmeric for future use. I peel the turmeric and ginger completely, then cut into small pieces (perfect smoothie size) and store in a resealable plastic bag in the freezer. This provides easy access for many recipes, including smoothies.

What Would Be A Good Drink For Inflammation?

The best would be a drink (smoothie, tea, soup, etc…) that tastes delicious and ALSO has anti-inflammatory ingredients. Delicious Ginger Tea or Turmeric Tea is a great anti-inflammatory tea and afternoon treat.

This anti-inflammatory smoothie is great for an anti-inflammatory breakfast, snack, after a workout. I even have this as a meal replacement during those hectic busy days!

SERVES: 1

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 cup frozen organic wild blue berries, or any berries of your choice
  • 1 frozen banana, sliced
  • ¼ inch piece of fresh ginger (peeled and sliced) I personally add ½ inch piece
  • ¼ inch piece of fresh turmeric (peeled and sliced) again I add ½ inch piece
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon chia seeds
  • ½ teaspoon flax seeds
  • 1 cup fresh baby spinach

INSTRUCTIONS

Place all ingredients in the blender and blend for several minutes until very smooth.
Pour into a glass and drink up. Enjoy!

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