This is probably my favorite smoothie recipe. It’s sweet, a little spicy, and feels like your cheating on a diet with decadence. You wouldn’t know there is not a single drop of added sugar in this yummy and health benefitty smoothie (yes, I know benefitty isn’t a word, but it just fits here, I think).
Anti-inflammatory Smoothie is energizing and cleansing, and always makes me feel fresh.
I like to do green based smoothies for health, but to be honest I don’t enjoy the taste. When I do greens, I much prefer to juice. Juiced greens have a wonderfully earthy, mellow flavor. The smoothie version is just not for me. BUT that does not apply to this smoothie here!
This is a carrot and banana based smoothie, so its sweet and tastes like a naughty little treat! For the maximum anti-inflammatory benefits, we add ginger, turmeric, black pepper, and a teaspoon of coconut oil. The black pepper and coconut oil are added to make the turmeric more bio-available. Without them, it will still tastes superb but your body won’t be able to absorb all of that turmeric goodness it SO deserves!
I hope you give this a try! If you do, let me know how it went in the comments, I look forward to connecting!Print
Sweet and slightly spicy, this sugar-free anti-inflammatory smoothie is a great breakfast or mid-afternoon pick-me-up!
- 2 large carrots
- 1 ripe banana*
- 1 inch piece of ginger**
- 1/2 inch piece of fresh turmeric root***
- 1/8 tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp coconut oil
- 2/3 cup ice
- Wash carrots well. Remove the skin with a vegetable peeler and roughly chop so that it will be easier to blend. Throw them in the blender along with the banana.
- Peel the ginger and turmeric and chop into smaller pieces. Add to blender.
- Add black pepper, coconut oil, and ice.
- Blend until smooth. Enjoy immediately or refrigerate to keep chill. Will keep in fridge for a day or two, not longer because ripe bananas tend to go bad within a few days after they are removed from peeling.
*The riper the banana, the sweeter your smoothie will be. I like to wait until bananas have little borne spots on them. They add a lot of sweetness to the smoothie this way.
**If you can’t find fresh ginger, you can use ginger powder. It won’t be as fresh but it still works well. I would sub the fresh ginger for 1 tsp of ground ginger.
***Same as above for the ginger, if you can’t find fresh turmeric, you can use ground turmeric. Use 1/2 tsp turmeric in place of fresh.