Make the popular anti-inflammatory turmeric golden milk during warmer months by whipping up this delicious smoothie!
I’ve had this smoothie recipe in my mind since winter, and I finally got around to making it.
During the colder months, I love making golden milk, a hot anti-inflammatory drink made with coconut milk, turmeric and other spices.
Turmeric contains more than two dozen anti-inflammatory compounds and it’s anti-microbial. Turmeric is traditionally used in Ayurvedic medicine for wound healing, skin issues, digestive issues, joint pain and more. The coconut milk is rich in antioxidants, nutrients and healthy fat.
This smoothie is the perfect warm weather version of golden milk with the same health benefits!
I added other spices – cinnamon, cardamom and ginger – which have added health benefits, but also add a delicious spicy flavor to this smoothie.
Raw honey also adds a dose of antioxidants, has anti-bacterial properties, is filled with phytonutrients, and more.
I was inspired to make this smoothie because I’m creating some resources for a health coaching client about anti-inflammatory foods.
I’m also adding more anti-inflammatory and immune boosting foods into my diet to help heal my shingles. Yep, I went to the doctor and I have shingles! I didn’t know people my age (34) got shingles.
Shingles is caused by the same virus that causes chicken pox. If you had chicken pox as a child, the virus is dormant in your body. The virus can resurface as a rash and is often brought on by stress. I also have sore muscles, sore throat and fatigue.
I’m taking an antiviral medication to shorten the duration of the virus. In addition to adding more anti-inflammatory and immune boosting foods into my diet, I’m also slowing down, taking some things off my schedule and relaxing.
I’m taking this as a very clear sign from the universe that I need to practice some major self-care!
Golden Milk Smoothie
3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/2 cup coconut milk
1 banana, frozen
1 tsp. turmeric
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. cardamom
1/4 tsp. ginger
1 tsp. raw honey
1 scoop vanilla plant protein powder
Blend all ingredients together in a blender.
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