I know the tone of my last post was a little anti-detox, so it's kind of funny that I am following that with a very detox-ish recipe for you. But I have a little secret to tell you ..... when I got back from my mini new years vaca, I was wiped out (in the best way possible). I was feeling all out of whack, and I needed some extra love. Every time I go away, I always try extra hard to not get sick when I get home. Airplanes, and eating out a lot is a recipe for a cold (at least for me it is), so I like to give myself extra love when I get home. I was playing around with different smoothie combinations, to find the biggest bang in nutrients for the taste, and here we are.
Soooooooo ...... this smoothie is not so much about dextoxing, it's (once again) about keeping the balance. Not only the balance from the lesser healthy foods, and the overworked, overplayed days, but also from the colors. I find that I sometimes get into such a habit of drinking and eating SO MANY greens that I neglect the other colors. And this time of year it is even more important to get those bright orange colors ...... because if you're not seeing sunshine outside, why not make the sunshine happen in other ways. Orange is the new green? Maybe. At least for these next few chilly months.
Every single ingredient in this smoothie has super benefits from vitamins + minerals (yeah, carrots + bananas + cashews!) and anti-inflammation (hello, turmeric + ginger) ..... it's amazing how well these ingredients play together to boost your immune system during these colder months, but the real harmony comes in how it tastes. I've been making this smoothie all week long because I am seriously addicted to it. It is SOOOO tasty, refreshing and satisfying .... and that color alone just makes me so happy. Isn't happy-looking food (and smoothies!), the best food?
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carrot + orange + turmeric (immune boosting!) smoothie
1/2 cup cashews
2 cups of filtered water
1 ripe banana
1/2 of an orange (the insides - pulp)
a thumbnail size piece of ginger, peeled and chopped
1 teaspoon of coconut oil
about two pinches of turmeric
- Place the cashews and water into the blender and let it sit and soak for a minimum of 30 minutes, or overnight (I like to do this in the blender to save from washing an extra bowl).
- After the cashews have been soaking, run the blender on high for about a minute, until the cashews are liquified.
- Add the rest of the ingredients for the smoothie: carrot, banana, orange, ginger, coconut oil, and turmeric. Blend on high until smooth. Add a couple of ice cubes if you like, and blend again until smooth. Serve immediately, or you can store any extra for 1-2 days in an air-tight container in the fridge (mason jars work well for storing smoothies).