Hi friends, how’s your summer going? Now that some of the COVID restrictions are loosening up, many of us are becoming more more active. It’s a perfect time for this ant-inflammatory immune boosting smoothie recipe.

Guess what? It only has 7 ingredients. It’s super hydrating, refreshing, vitamin and nutrient-packed, zingy and naturally sweet. If you’re into slightly sweet-tart smoothies with a kick from ginger, this is the one for you! Also, does it get more healthy than making your own carrot juice? If the color and flavor notes of this smoothie aren’t enough, here’s a quick rundown of the health benefits:

Ginger: stomach soother, immune booster, infection fighter, anti-inflammatory badass (source)

Banana: Digestion aid, potassium-packed, lowers blood pressure, healthy carbs, tastes like candy (source)

Pineapple: Vitamin C-packed, anti-inflammatory, digestion aid, antioxidant-packed, energy boosting, nature’s candy (source)

Turmeric:  Anti-inflammatory, antioxidant-rich, battles cystic fibrosis, free radical-fighting, lowers cholesterol (source)

Lemon: Vitamin C-packed, antioxidant-rich, natural antibiotic, skin brightener, tastes like summer (source 1 + 2)

Carrot: Antioxidant- and Vitamin A-rich, beta carotene-packed, vision booster, free radical fighter (source)

If you give this recipe a try, let me know by leaving a comment.

Glass of our immune-boosting vegan Carrot Ginger Turmeric Smoothie

Carrot Ginger Turmeric Smoothie

A 7-ingredient smoothie with carrot juice, ginger, turmeric, pineapple, and banana! An anti-inflammatory, immune-boosting smoothie that’s perfect for breakfast or a snack.
PREP TIME 20 minutes
TOTAL TIME 20 minutes
Servings 2 (smoothies)
Course Beverage, Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Vegan
Freezer Friendly 1 month

Does it keep? Best when fresh

 

Ingredients

CARROT JUICE

  • 2 cups carrots
  • 1 1/2 cups filtered water

SMOOTHIE

  • 1 large ripe banana (previously peeled, sliced and frozen // more for a sweeter smoothie)
  • 1 cup frozen or fresh pineapple
  • 1/2 Tbsp fresh ginger (peeled // 1 small knob yields ~1/2 Tbsp)
  • 1/4 tsp ground turmeric (or sub cinnamon)
  • 1/2 cup carrot juice
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice (1/2 small lemon yields ~1 Tbsp or 15 ml)
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk

Instructions

  • Make carrot juice by adding carrots and filtered water to a high speed blender and blending on high until completely pureed and smooth. Add more water if it has trouble blending and scrape down sides as needed.
  • Drape a large, thin dish towel over a mixing bowl and pour over the juice. Then lift up on the corners of the towel and begin twisting and squeezing the juice out until all of the liquid is extracted. Set aside pulp for smoothies, or baked goods (such as carrot muffins).
  • Transfer carrot juice to a mason jar – will keep for several days, though best when fresh.
  • To the blender add smoothie ingredients and blend on high until creamy and smooth. Add more carrot juice or almond milk if it has trouble blending. Scrape down sides as needed.
  • Taste and adjust flavors as needed, adding more banana or pineapple for sweetness, lemon for acidity, ginger for bite, and turmeric for warmth.
  • Divide between two glasses (as original recipe is written and adjust if altering batch size) and serve. Best when fresh.

Notes

*Nutrition information is a rough estimate for 1 of 2 smoothies using 1/2 cup carrot juice (leftovers reserved for future smoothies).

Nutrition (1 of 2 servings)

Serving: 1 smoothies Calories: 144 Carbohydrates: 32 g Protein: 2.4 g Fat: 2.3 g Saturated Fat: 0 g Trans Fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 112 mg Fiber: 5 g Sugar: 17.5 g

If you would like to go above and beyond diet to receive an objective look at your overall health, consider scheduling a functional medicine appointment with me. These are opportunities for us to talk together about your health challenges and together come up with an evidence-based approach towards treating the root causes so you can reach your goals. You can conveniently schedule online here.

 

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