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Ginger has earned a reputation as a powerful herbal remedy for a variety of health problems from poor circulation to impotence. It contains curcumin which is an antioxidant and an anti-inflammatory, so if you suffer from aches and pains that slow you down during the day, these natural anti-inflammatories are your best friend. Chai tea is, of course, a source of caffeine. Combined? You've got a recipe for energy that can last you all day long.
- 2 frozen bananas
- 2 Cups of brewed and chilled chai tea
- ¼ Cup rolled oats
- 1 -2 teaspoons raw honey
- 1 Teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 Teaspoon lucuma powder
- ¼ inch fresh ginger root (or ½ teaspoon powdered)
- ¼ inch fresh turmeric root (or ½ teaspoon powdered turmeric)
Chai Superfood Smoothie
This chai superfood smoothie tastes like a creamy chai latte! It’s filled with a hidden veggie, chai spices, almond butter, vanilla, hemp seeds, frozen banana, and dates! It makes a great breakfast, snack, or healthy dessert!
Raise your hand if you love chai! I’m definitely a chai lover, in all forms. I remember years ago having my first chai latte and being hooked. There’s something about the combination of spices and creaminess that is SO cozy.
I actually tend to make more chai flavored things, like these mimosas, scones, and energy bites! Oh and can’t forget about these donuts with homemade iced chai lattes!
To be honest, I didn’t even realize I had that many chai recipes on the blog! I do really love it.
This smoothie is so gosh darn good. It tastes like dessert and it has so much goodness in it! AND a hidden veggie..frozen cauliflower!
I was honestly a litttttle bit skeptical about the whole cauliflower and zucchini in smoothies trend when it first started, but I am always a fan of getting in extra veggies when I can, so I figured why not try it?
You honestly cannot taste a thing and it adds so much creaminess. Creaminess just like a frozen banana does. And we have both here. So it’s super extra creamy!
The other part of this smoothie that makes it superfood-y is the almond butter (yay for healthy fats!), hemp seeds (yay for more healthy fats and digestive benefits), cauliflower (yay for extra fiber and vitamin C), dates (they have lots of vitamins, minerals, and fiber), cinnamon (great for keeping stable blood sugar levels and it has lots of antioxidants too!, and last but not least, ginger (it’s super anti-inflammatory and also has antioxidants)!
So awesome, right?! I love when delicious things like this have so many benefits.
I’ve also refrigerated this and it keeps for a day or two in the fridge. I can’t tell you how many times I kept going in the fridge for sips.
Chai Spiced Protein Smoothie
Chai Latte Protein Smoothie is a delicious blend of spices and nutrients that makes for a yummy breakfast or snack! Tons of flavor and nutrients are packed into one glass, and a great on-the-go meal for busy mornings!
Today I am sharing with you something I eat almost on a daily basis. My favorite protein smoothie! I have never been a “drink your meal” kind of gal, but that was before I discovered this smoothie and my love for plant based protein powders. There are tons of really bad protein powders on the market, and only a few that I actually enjoy the taste and approve of the ingredients! My favorite is Life’s Abundance Pea Protein Powder which makes the most deliciously creamy protein shakes you can ever imagine. I have always eaten an egg or 2 for breakfast, but have changed my ways with this drink. So has my husband!! We both enjoy this just about every day. It’s so easy to prep, and gets us out the door feeling totally satisfied. Here is what I love about this smoothie:
-About 15 g of healthy fats (including Omega 3’s, polyunsaturated, and monounsaturated fats)
-Keeps me satisfied for several hours
-I can drink it in the car on my way to work or to drop my kids off at school
And most importantly, it’s really really really good. I feel like I need to tell you, I would NEVER drink something in place of a meal if it didn’t taste totally delicious. I love food you guys. I love my eggs, and I love breakfast. I will still drink this for breakfast and be very happy. Other times I use it as an mid-morning or afternoon snack in between meals. Either way, you can’t go wrong.
I am not a coffee person, very much a tea girl, and I love the way the chai spices work in this drink! Cinnamon and ginger are also both anti-inflammatories that boost the nutritious value of this smoothie. If coffee is more of your thing, instant coffee in place of the spices would also be pretty delicious. You can also adapt other parts of this recipe. I use flax milk as my favorite dairy-free milk, but almond, cashew, or your favorite milk would also work well. My husband and I both love cashew butter, but feel free to substitute with your favorite nut butter. It is definitely a must! It helps to balance out the sweetness of the banana.
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Anti-Inflammatory Banana Turmeric Smoothie [vegan + gf]
My 31st birthday celebrations kicked off with a Saturday night out in downtown San Diego with my cousins and husband, when we enjoyed Spanish tapas, then sang the night away at my favorite piano bar.
The birthday celebrations continue today, and I plan on spending the day doing some of my favorite things: A morning beach walk with my pup, an afternoon of wine tasting with my hubby, and an appetizer style picnic lunch at a winery are all on the agenda.
Speaking of favorite things, today I’m talking about one of my favorite types of easy meals to whip up: a nutritious, delicious smoothie.
Smoothies have long been one of my favorite ways to pack in fruits, veggies, protein, vitamins & antioxidants in one small meal. But lately I’ve been even more obsessed, and have been making a smoothie every day – whether for breakfast, lunch or late afternoon nourishment. I’ve been craving refreshing smoothies in this heat, and I’ve been needing quick, easy meals now more than ever.
Enter this anti-inflammatory banana turmeric smoothie.
Today’s recipe stems from my love for golden milk. Also known as a turmeric latte, one of the main ingredients in golden milk is turmeric, a spice with powerful medicinal properties that has strong ties to ancient Ayurveda medicine. Research has found Turmeric Curcumin, the active ingredient in the spice, to be a powerful antioxidant with anti-inflammatory benefits.
In addition to turmeric, golden milk also contains anti-inflammatory, antioxidant rich ground ginger and cinnamon.
Golden milk is a little spicy, a little sweet, and so tasty. In some ways it’s a lot like chai tea, and I love it. I recently was creating a golden milk recipe for a freelance project, and the idea came to me to morph it into a smoothie.
In addition to the traditional golden milk ingredients, this antioxidant smoothie features frozen banana and hemp hearts for even more of a nutritional boost. It’s sweetened with a bit of pure maple syrup and gets its hint of vanilla from pure vanilla extract and vanilla cashew milk.
Mmm! I hope that the next time you’re looking for a new smoothie combo to whip up, you give this one a try.
10 Turmeric Smoothies to Glow up Your Body—and Your Instagram
An obvious upside of turmeric’s popularity is the abundance of bright and beautiful recipes that feature the anti-inflammatory ingredient, meaning you can whip up a morning (or bedtime!) turmeric smoothie from the comfort of your own kitchen&mdashand, of course, post the vividly hued concoction to social media.
What you need for an Anti-inflammatory smoothie bowl!
Ingredients and nerdy nutrition facts :
- Turmeric – Turmeric is a natural anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiviral, and is said to be 5x stronger than Vit. C as an immunity booster. It also protects the liver against oxidative stress. Which is probably needed after a night out on the town (if you get my point, haha).
- Chai Tea – Chock full of powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant agents. Also helps support digestion after meals with it’s combination of black pepper, ginger, and cinnamon spices. Don’t have Chai Tea available? This works well with just a blend of chai spices. Check out my Chai Detox Bowl Recipe for that mix!
- Coconut Milk or Almond Milk – Dairy free, healthy fat (bonus if you add some coconut oil MCT’s ), satiating.
- Chia Seed – High in Omega 3’s (fatty acids), fiber, high antioxidant profile, and contain a good source of minerals such as calcium, magnesium, and manganese.
- Almond Butter – Optional but this does add in a wonderful creamy flavor and extra protein
For this recipe, you will first steep the Chai Tea and the Turmeric together in coconut milk. I used a large french press jar to do this, but feel free to use stove top. Same procedure at turmeric latte, just with chai added.
Turmeric contains a compound called curcumin, a bright yellow chemical, which gives turmeric its golden colour. Curcumin is beneficial for its anti-inflammatory properties.
Now here’s the cool part! When you steep Turmeric with black pepper (used in the chai tea spices), it helps you activate more of the curcumin for your body to absorb and use. WOOHOO ! See, CHAI and TURMERIC are AMAZING!
Now that we understand the nutrition aspect, let’s talk about smoothie bowl recipes. WHY drink a smoothie in a bowl and how?
Tips for making diabetic friendly smoothies
Fruit contains so many wonderful nutrients that help keep our bodies running smoothly. In fact, many studies have found that fruit consumption is related to a lower risk of type 2 diabetes (1).
If you find that your blood sugar spikes after drinking a smoothie, try adding in a few of these ingredients to help slow down the sugar absorption:
Fiber will help slow the digestion of carbohydrates. The more fiber the better! Fiber also helps the healthy bacteria in our digestive tract flourish. Here are a few fiber rich ingredients that go great in a smoothie:
Vegetables —> spinach, squash, cauliflower, and kale are all great vegetables to add that won’t alter the flavor of the smoothie too much
Fruit —> just about any fruit goes great in a smoothie :-)
Fat also helps slow down the digestion of carbohydrates. Fat is also necessary to absorb certain vitamins called fat soluble vitamins! Fat soluble vitamins include vitamin A, K, D, and E. Here are few ingredients to add some fat into your smoothie:
Protein helps keep us satisfied for longer and aids muscle growth! Below are some great protein additions to any smoothie:
More often than not smoothie companies add extra syrups to smoothies to add flavor. Here are a few ingredients that pack on the flavor without the added sugar:
Spices —> ginger, cinnamon, tumeric, or chai
Fresh herbs —> Basil, mint, cilantro, or sage
Add extracts, not syrups —> try caramel*, vanilla*, or even mint* extract instead of sugary syrups.
10 smoothie recipes for people with diabetes
The smoothies below use many of these ingredients to create some amazing flavors. Test a few out to find which flavor combinations excite you!
Dragon Fruit Smoothie Bowl
This tropical smoothie bowl is bound to keep you full and satisfied for hours with its high fiber, protein and, healthy fat ingredients.
BONUS: A few studies have shown that dragon fruit consumption helped reduce fasting blood glucose (1).
Peanut Butter and Banana Smoothie Bowl
Chocolate, peanut butter and banana! What more could you want? This impressive smoothie bowl has only 270 calories, 34 grams of carbohydrates, 7 grams of fiber, and 10 grams of protein. To keep the carbohydrate count down, choose toppings such as nuts, chia seeds, or unsweetened coconut chips.
Blueberry cheesecake smoothie
Yes, that says cheesecake! This recipe adds a bit of cinnamon to really pack on the flavor without adding extra sugar.
Vegan Strawberry Smoothie
This yummy vegan smoothie uses hemp seeds to add an extra boost of protein and fiber!
Watermelon Cucumber Smoothie
This smoothie has only 63 calories and is THE perfect way to cool down during a hot day. Because it is so low calorie, the smoothie makes a great snack or addition to a meal!
Our chai smoothie recipe uses most of the spices found in chai tea. To tone down the spicy taste, we don’t use black pepper. You can certainly add a pinch if you want to.
Instead of sugar, we sweeten the smoothie with bananas and Medjool dates.
Rather than a base of caffeinated black tea, our chai smoothie recipe is an almond milk breakfast smoothie which makes it dairy free and kid-friendly!
If you like extra thick smoothies, before blending, add a couple of ice cubes to the smoothie ingredients.
Sweet + Spiced Vegan Vanilla Chai Smoothie
This sweet + spiced vegan vanilla chai smoothie tastes like a creamy chai latté in shake form. Frozen bananas are blended with a hearty splash of almond milk, vanilla extract, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, and cloves. The result is a dreamy, spicy, and sweet mixture that will have you swooning.
I've been doing a post-now-or-later dance with this recipe for the last week or so. Is it summery because it's a cold smoothie or fall-ish because it's spiced? The only answer I have: it's delicious.
Here's to tossing caution to the late summer breezes and hoping that the early fall winds catch it.
It's turned out to be the perfect breakfast for the cool August weather we've been having in Chicago (no joke: I just witnessed a flock of geese flying south in a V formation) warming spices plus a cold, vanilla smoothie feels like a combination that was created for an unexpected chilly spell in summer.
As with most smoothie recipes, this one is easy like Sunday morning. No fussiness or complications here, just simplicity at its creamiest.
Frozen bananas are blended with a hearty splash of almond milk, vanilla extract, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, and cloves. If you're a total chai fanatic, go on with your spicy self and double the amounts for each spice. The current ratio lends a light chai hue rather than a bold, in-your-face chai flavor. Either way, the result is a dreamy, spicy, and sweet mixture that will have you making that obnoxious slurping sound through your straw. No judgment here we're all friends, and I slurp hard.
Today's Sound Bite is a song that I've listened to countless times over the past few years. It's an easygoing, feel-good song, and it just feels right for this particular recipe.
5 Healthy Smoothie Recipes for Overripe Bananas
Timing is everything when it comes to enjoying fresh fruit. From soft, grainy apples to skinless, soggy pears, there's nothing less appealing to me than a terrible taste and texture in my mouth--and I know I'm not alone. This is particularly true when it comes to bruised, overly spotted, and smelly overripe bananas which seem to go bad faster than any other fruit. Luckily, bananas are one of the easiest fruits to use up since they can be frozen for later and be added as a delicious, lower calorie sweetener to many recipes.
While I love banana bread, banana muffins, banana cakes and other treats, having sugary sweets in my home at all times is not top of my list of healthy eating habits. Fortunately, using them in healthy and refreshing smoothies does the trick! The overripe and soft consistency of a fresh banana and the gooey consistency of a frozen one is completely undetectable once it's blended together with a concoction of other delicious ingredients. Just add it to your favorite smoothie recipes and enjoy them instantly or take them conveniently on-the-go in a reusable jar, lid and straw combination. Here are 5 healthy recipes I love to get you started:
1. Chocolate Protein Smoothie
Chocolate for breakfast? Yes! This smoothie has all you need to get your day jump-started with quinoa, cocoa powder and that nutrient-dense banana.
Get the Chocolate Protein Smoothie recipe from My Whole Food Life
2. Piñut Butter Colada Smoothie
If you like piña coladas. then you'll love this tropical inspired smoothie that includes pineapple and peanut butter along with your overripe banana. Ditch the plastic straws and try stainless steel straws instead to make your smoothie routine more eco-friendly and plastic free!
3. Cherry Coconut Smoothie
Give yourself an excuse to buy some fresh or frozen cherries for this recipe. Along with being delicious and sweet, cherries contain many health benefits.
Get this Cherry Coconut Smoothie recipe from Sophie Uliano
4. Green Monster Smoothie
Get your greens with this spinach-packed smoothie. The banana, orange juice, and other flavors overpower the spinach taste, so it's a sneaky way to get kids to enjoy their veggies.
Get the Green Monster Smoothie recipe from Kristine's Kitchen
5. Chai-Infused Pumpkin Pie Smoothie
An even healthier way to enjoy chai tea! This smoothie makes for a great dessert or midday treat that won't send you on a guilt trip.
Get this Chai-Infused Pumpkin Pie Smoothie recipe from Andrew Olson