Warm Turmeric "Golden Milk"
Turmeric is an Ayurvedic spice, and also a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. Antioxidants help combat oxidation from harmful free radicals. I use turmeric for patients often to decrease pain, inflammation and preventation of chronic disease. Turmeric is best absorbed with a small amount of black pepper and a little bit of fat, such as coconut milk. In this special drink it is served as a milk, warm, and mixed with some cinnamon and vanilla for a nice flavor. Try it out!
Tip: Be careful about stains from the yellow color of turmeric, it tends to get everywhere!
Healthy tip: Antioxidants work best to be taken on a regular basis, since we are constantly exposed to harmful free radicals from the environment, pesticides in our food, and general aging.
Almond Butter Blackberry Smoothie
I like mixing together similar colors to create a bright smoothie recipe. This recipe is a play off of peanut butter and jelly, using blackberries and almond butter together. I thought chia seeds, plums, and broccoli would also support the "purple" theme. You can substitute out the almond butter with peanut butter or any other nut butter. I like to stick vegetables in my smoothies for fiber and to keep the sugar/fruit content low. The healthy fats like avocado make it creamy instead of a high glycemic banana. Kids will love this too!
Tip: If you use frozen berries, they will keep longer in the freezer and then you won't have to use ice in the smoothie.
Healthy tip: Packing your morning smoothie with protein from nuts and a protein powder will keep you full for hours prior to lunchtime.