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Warming Winter Smoothie

Originally published on http://www.sarahgoldstein.ca

As the leaves begin to deepen, fall becomes the perfect time to reset and nourish. With summer coming to an end, a new opportunity for subtle change awaits.

Now that the weather’s getting cooler, we want to make sure we are nourishing our digestive system accordingly with warmer fluids to help boost our immunity for the colder season ahead. So if you aren’t ready to let go of your refreshing morning smoothie, these warming spices will be sure to keep you on that smoothie kick. A few of my favourite ways to add more warmth into a smoothie are by using: Cinnamon, ginger or turmeric.  

Cinnamon is a great spice to use in your morning smoothie as it helps to balance blood glucose levels. This warming spice also has antioxidant properties, which help to increase immunity. Add half of a teaspoon to your smoothie, and you will be sure to love how complementing it tastes.

Another great fall friendly spice is ginger. This spice is great for things like supporting digestion all the way to boosting the metabolism. Ginger also brings heat to the body, so it is recommended in the wintry months to keep you from feeling cold. By adding just half a teaspoon of ginger to your smoothies, you can also increase the absorption of each nutrient already in the mix.

I’m sure by now, most of us have heard of turmeric lattes, and how delicious they taste. But, did you know that turmeric is also a super food? The amount of beneficial properties that turmeric has to offer is absolutely incredible. It is especially anti-inflammatory and a great antioxidant for boosting the immune system, making it a fall must have.

If you haven’t tried making a smoothie with these ingredients, I high recommend it! You will fall for the perfect amount of warmth these spices provide.

Here’s a delicious autumn recipes if you’re thinking of giving all three a try:

Ingredients:

1 banana

1 handful of spinach

1 tbps hemp hearts

1 tbsp chia seeds

1 tbsp honey (optional)

½ tsp ground cinnamon

½ tsp turmeric

¼ tsp fresh ginger

1 cup water

½ cup unsweetened almond milk

method:

Add all ingredients into a high-speed blender and mix until desired consistency is achieved.

Feel free to add in any other ingredients like frozen fruit, nut butters, ground flax, etc. I hope you enjoy this smoothie!

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