Smoothies and I have an off-and-on relationship. It makes no sense, really, because I continue baking all year long. Meanwhile, my blender, which can deliver healthy results much more rapidly than an oven, gets neglected in the corner of my counter top. Smoothies are something I hope to make a more regular part of my days in the months ahead. Inspiration for a simple smoothie spiced with turmeric came from Aimee’s Spiced Brown Rice Pudding and an article on the health benefits of turmeric at Delicious Obsessions. With its warm, late autumn spicing, this latest creation will definitely keep me coming back.
Though I could have waited until diet and detox season in January to share this drink, I decided that now is–paradoxically–the perfect time for such a smoothie. Starting or rounding out a hectic day with a anti-inflammatory boost could help counteract the junk that inevitably will cross my lips during the holiday season.
So I wonder–are smoothies a seasonal thing for you? And have you ever put spices in your smoothie before?
Recipe for Soothing Spiced Smoothie with Turmeric
- 1 cup almond and/or coconut milk (or other milk of choice)
- 1 banana
- 1/3 cup cooked sweet potato puree, chilled, optional
- 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom
- pinch of ground cloves, optional
- honey or maple syrup, to taste
Combine all ingredients in a blender jar and blend until smoothy and creamy. Makes one large serving.