This nutrient rich smoothie is so refreshing and tropical in flavour that it just might make you feel like you’re on vacation. What’s more, it’s packed with power foods that reduce inflammation, stable blood sugar levels and provide energy!
Turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory spice. Since most disease and illness (and sugar!) cause inflammation in the body, adding strong anti-inflammatory foods is important. Tumeric has also been employed to battle heart disease and cancer; to prevent Alzheimer’s disease; support liver function; and it is used as a therapeutic food for people with inflammatory bowel diseases. Be a little careful handling the spice as it can stain your fingers orange!
While banana and mango, the tropical fruits in this smoothie, can raise blood sugar levels; the soluble fiber of chia seeds combined with the fat contained in the coconut milk and coconut oil will slow down the absorption of sugar to stabilize blood sugar levels. Plus, coconut oil has been shown to increase metabolism, provide energy and it is a natural antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral food. Besides adding a delicious kick to the smoothie, cinnamon is also effective at stabilizing blood sugar levels. We like to add maca to the recipe because, as an adaptogen it fights the effects of stress by soothing endocrine (hormone secreting) glands (*read more about maca and stress fighting foods here).
Give this smoothie a try – we promise you (and your body) love it as much as we do!
- 1 and 1/2 cups of coconut milk
- 1 cup frozen mango and pineapple chunks
- 1 banana (I prefer to use a frozen banana)
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- ½ teaspoon turmeric
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 chunk ginger
- ½ teaspoon chia seeds
- ½ teaspoon maca
Blend all ingredients together and enjoy!
Recipe adapted from Prevent Disease