More often than not, I find myself making green smoothies. I love that they make it easy & delicious to add extra handfuls of spinach or kale into your diet on a regular basis. However, it's also nice to keep experimenting and try new things. Here is a great way to get out of a smoothie rut and mix it up. This bright and refreshing drink is packed full of healthy ingredients, and will help ensure you get your day off on the right foot, or give you the afternoon pick-me-up you need later in the day.
Just take a look at some of the impressive health benefits this smoothie boasts: Turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory & is rich in antioxidants. Ginger soothes the stomach and boosts the immune system by helping to fight infection. Pineapple & lemon are both packed with vitamin C & antioxidants. Carrots supply ample amounts of beta carotene, antioxidants & vitamin A. Coconut meat boasts a high concentration of healthy fats, amino acids, fiber, folate & potassium. Maca helps to increase energy, contains many vitamins & minerals, and can help boost your mood. Dates promote digestive health, are rich in iron & potassium, and can help lower cholesterol. So as you can see, this smoothie packs a punch! I hope you enjoy it!
Turmeric Sunrise Smoothie:
- 1 cup raw coconut meat
- 1 cup frozen pineapple
- 1/2 cup frozen mango
- 1 cup carrots, peeled & chopped
- 2 tbsp fresh turmeric, peeled & chopped
- 1 tbsp fresh ginger, peeled & chopped
- 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
- 1/2 tsp maca powder
- 3 Medjool dates, pitted & chopped
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- Ice, if desired
Add all ingredients to a powerful blender (I use a Vitamix), and blend until well combined. You may want to scrape down the sides or use the plunger to get everything well incorporated, adding a bit more almond milk if needed. You may adjust the amount of dates (or sub raw honey or agave syrup) to your preferred level of sweetness. Makes two smoothies (or one giant one).
*You may sub ground turmeric (and/or ginger) powder if you can't find fresh. Use 1/2 tsp of powder for 1 tbsp fresh.
**For a green version of this smoothie, sub out the carrot for cucumber, and add a couple big handfuls of spinach or kale!