Anti-Inflammatory Turmeric & Ginger Smoothie

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Turmeric and ginger are two incredible roots that are helpful in reducing inflammation. Turmeric has extremely powerful anti-inflammatory effects in addition to it being an antioxidant. It is bright orange in color and will stain just about anything it touches (so beware). I always tell people to eat foods that stain your hands, and turmeric (along with beets, berries, tomatoes, etc.) is a great example of that. The color in fresh fruits and vegetables are powerful antioxidants, so the richer the color the richer the antioxidants! Ginger is known for not only it’s anti-inflammatory properties, but also it’s ability to aid in digestion.

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Both roots have a bittery spiced earth flavor and hearty stringy texture, so eating them raw (or ground) can be a little difficult if you’re not a huge spice lover. I find it difficult to incorporate these medicinal roots into my own diet, so I came up with an awesome smoothie recipe to help myself benefit from their anti-inflammatory effects.

You may intimidated by something that looks like it could be inedible, but have no fear; fresh turmeric and ginger root are super simple to prepare! They can be found in almost all grocery stores in the produce section. They’re usually by the garlic, potatoes, and other non-refrigerated/dry produce. Most all grocery stores sell them both by the pound, so you just can buy as much as you want to have at a time.

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What I Eat In A Day | August 22, 2015

For breakfast, guess what I had…? You probably guessed right, two slices of Ezekiel bread with peanut butter and jelly with a side of fruit (two peaches, and a banana). For my coffee, I added in some almond milk and a few drops of liquid stevia. I am usually a black coffee drinker, but lately I’ve been enjoying adding a little almond milk into my coffee.
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An hour or two after breakfast, I went to a few thrift stores around town. I absolutely love to go thrifting on a Saturday afternoon, because you never know what you’ll find! Also, who can beat clothes for less than a dollar?!

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My Favorite Things: July

FRESH FRUIT

Summer time means more fresh fruit! Some of my favorites this month were mangos, blueberries, and watermelon. I’ve been having a lot more fruit based meals, and I’m not complaining at all!

MEAT ALTERNATIVES (GARDEIN)

I usually don’t eat a lot of meat alternatives, but this month I seemed to eat it several times a week. I love the Gardein meat alternatives, there are tons of different types and flavors. They are super delicious, and easy to make too! My favorite one has been the grilled “chicken” strips.

 

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My Favorite: Fruits

Sometimes, when I really want to get to know someone I ask them what their top five favorite fruits are. Most of the time, they think I’m crazy…but it is a completely appropriate question, or at least I think it is. So I’m going to answer this one so maybe you can get to know me a little better. 

 
 
Disclaimer: this is one of the hardest lists for me to make, because fruit is something I literally can’t get enough of, and also its difficult for me to narrow it down to just five.

1. Bananas 
   the main reason why bananas are my number one favorite fruit is because of their versatility and accessibility. they are good frozen, natural, cooked, mashed, and all of the above. also, they are super cheap and can be found most anywhere. 
    pro tip: wait until bananas are spotty, thats when all the starch has formed into sugars that your body can digest, causing easy and quick digestion. 

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