Welp. The bright side of the last few months? The realization that our health matters more than ever. Living a more simplified version of life can also be healing and eye-opening. It also highlights the need for more creativity in the kitchen. Every night lately has felt like an episode of Chopped, with the end goal to somehow eat vegetables, and make those pantry staples magically turn into a meal that’s edible.
It’s been such a good reminder for me to keep things simple. A reminder of the beauty of real food: that it doesn’t need tons of flavors or added steps for it to be something that is delicious and nourishing. And a reminder that there is so much you can do to use the same staples to create totally different results.
This smoothie is a boost in more ways than one. Packed full of vitamin C, beta-carotene, and the immune- and nervous system-healing properties of turmeric and ginger, it’s a perfect option to kick off your day with brightness.
Get yourself a punch of immunity uppers, fresh fruit and veggies, hydrating coconut water, and a pinch of cayenne, if you’re into spice.
It’s one of my favorite smoothies from my new cookbook Simply Real Eating: Everyday Recipes and Rituals for a Healthy Life Made Simple and is packed full of goodness that will be sure to keep you feeling healthy as we head into this new season.
Carrot, Turmeric, + Ginger Smoothie
Makes 1 serving
- 1 small orange
- 1 carrot, chopped
- ½ banana, frozen
- ½ cup frozen mango or ½ fresh
- ½ cup coconut water
- 1½ teaspoon grated turmeric or ¼ teaspoon ground turmeric powder
- 1 teaspoon grated ginger or ¼ teaspoon ground ginger powder
- Pinch of cayenne pepper (optional)
- 1 tablespoon shelled hemp seeds or chia seeds (optional)
- ½ cup ice
Place all ingredients except ice in a blender, and blend until well combined. Add ice, and continue to blend until smooth. Serve cold.
TIP: To enhance the creaminess factor on this smoothie, add another ½ frozen banana, or a splash of coconut milk.