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…

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Since before I began studying holistic nutrition, I had been keen on reducing my environmental footprint. Over time, regular ol’ household cleaners were swapped for vinegar-based concoctions, food was being stored in jars and reusable cling-wrap alternatives, cloth bags became the new plastic, and my consumption of packaged products was reduced overall. Since then, I’ve not only cut down on waste and saved some cash, I’ve also learned to get creative and make the best with what I’ve got. By the way… I recognize it may seem a tad contradictory to get all environmentalist on you, yet have a photo of a Ziploc bag front and centre. I’ve accepted that the process of reduction and elimination does not happen overnight and so I put to use one of the few already-used baggies I had kickin’ around.

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I’ve found myself to be in a bit of a smoothie rut lately. There are endless combinations to try and somehow I keep getting stuck making the same banana-berry-kale-smoothie. However, this time around, my cupboard is stocked with new green powders; chlorella, spirulina, and matcha, and I’m excited as ever to use them. I think I got a little carried away as I had the need to use all 3 in one smoothie, naturally.

All green powders mentioned above are what I would consider “superfoods”. Between them, you’ve got plenty of B-vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, amino acids, iron, and chlorophyll {the green pigment present in all green plants, known to improve immunity, alkalinity, and inflammation}. Once I knew I wanted to incorporate the powders into a smoothie, I also included loads of blueberries and some avocado, an ingredient I wouldn’t usually think to add. It made the smoothie rich and creamy, similar to the texture of an ice-cream shake, uh yum.

Have you tried using chlorella, spirulina, or matcha in your recipes? If so, what’s your favourite way to eat them?

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

  • 2 teaspoons matcha powder
  • handful blueberries
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup almond or soy milk
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon hemp seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon chlorella or spirulina powder {optional}

The Directions

1. Blend all ingredients together in blender until desired consistency

2. If you find the smoothie to be chalky, simply add more milk or water

PS. I do not recommend using paper straws. Although they’re super cute and more eco-friendly than regular ol’ plastic ones, they are quite unrealistic as they turn into papier-mâché-like mush within minutes.

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