WARMING TURMERIC SMOOTHIE

turmeric smoothie

Once upon a time, I left my cushy corporate job to work at a juice bar. It was a drastic change, to say the least but one I do not regret. It was smack-dab in the middle of a dark, cold, disheartening Toronto winter and smoothies, cold-pressed juices, and raw foods were the furthest thing from my mind. Give me a bowl of hot and hearty lentil soup in lieu, then we’re talking. Though taking advantage of my situation, I never turned down a free smoothie (girl’s gotta eat!). Hours of experimenting later, I reached an “aha” now known as the Warming Turmeric Smoothie. I came to realize this particular mélange gave me the same warm-fuzzies that I’d experience from sipping a spiced chai or hot apple cider, even though it was as cold as, you know, a cold smoothie. My body temperature has always had a tendency to dip south of the thermometer, as I’m sure many can relate, but this cold smoothie quickly became part of my morning ritual, despite how contradictory that may seem. Let me explain…

When you think about turmeric, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Maybe something along the lines of yellow-stained-everything, anti-inflammatory, or superfood, yes? Well, something not so often considered is that it is a warming food. This doesn’t necessarily mean that turmeric itself is physically warm (although it can be), it means that, as a whole, it is warming due its composition; taking into account both inner and outer temperatures and ultimately affecting the way our bodies interact with and process it. As I have recently been learning a lot about complementariness; warming vs. cooling, masculine vs. feminine, yin vs. yang, I’ve come to realize the importance in seeing these opposites as wholes; working in harmony as opposed to one being better or worse than the other. As with all living matter, foods from the earth possess complementary properties as well. Warming foods, like turmeric, have the effects of dry and light yang energy whereas cooling foods, like cucumber, have the effects of cold and dark yin energy.

Next time you sit down to eat, mindfully take into consideration the effects of different foods. Pay attention to everything you eat and to how you feel right afterward. It can deliver great insight to possible imbalances or deficiencies as our body knows exactly what it wants and needs, all you need to do is listen.

turmeric smoothie

Oh, and I recently contributed to an article by lifestyle and relationship columnist (and friend from the 6, shout to Drake) Benjamin Mann. Because I firmly believe that in order to experience healthy, thriving romantic relationships, we must first begin with a healthy body and mind, on an individual level. Have a read, here!

The Ingredients {Yield: 1 smoothie Total Time: 5 minutes}

  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 pear
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter
  • 1 heaping tablespoon turmeric
  • 1 knob ginger
  • 1 teaspoon bee pollen
  • 1/4 cup ground flax
  • 1/2 cup milk of your choice (I used: rice milk)
  • dash cinnamon
  • 1 ice cube

The Directions

1. Combine all ingredients in a blender

2. Blend on high until smooth and creamy

3. Top with bee pollen

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