Why I made this Smoothie: I love mangoes and needed a new smoothie!
Most days my go-to is a simple daily green smoothie with pineapple, but every now and then I need to switch things up. At times making a completely new smoothie can take up a lot of time, and on days that I am in a rush I just keep it simple - It has to be sustainable in order for me to make it a habit! So I just switch out my fruit and keep the greens the same. Mangoes are a great option because they are high in vitamins A and C and good for your skin. Fennel is also a great cooling veggie that is fragrant and great for digestion.
Mango Greens Smoothie (Mango, Cilantro Kale, Romaine Fennel, Mint)
Serving Size: 16oz smoothie
Turmeric is one of my favorite herbs of all times. Turmeric contains curcumin, which exhibits significant health benefits, which include antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties. You can learn more about turmeric and its amazing health benefits here in Turmeric and Its 20 Amazing Health Benefits You Didn’t Know About by BeHealthy. This has a lot of great information.
I use turmeric primarily for anti-inflammatory properties and as a digestive add. If I eat something that doesn’t agree with me, I typically take a turmeric pill or turmeric shot to settle my stomach. Additionally, because of its anti-inflammatory properties, turmeric milk or tea is a great drink to soothe a sore throat. When we were young, my father would give this to us claiming it was an old Indian recipe is family passed along for colds and congestion. Back then, I never fully bought into any holistic recipe or remedies that my mother and father pushed; I always thought they were just being crazy parents telling me to do too much (ooh, to be young!) But now, I can’t get enough of turmeric.
Below is a recipe for Golden Milk (Turmeric milk). I typically drink this when I feel a cold or sore throat coming on. I have been traveling quite bit for work lately, which makes it even harder to maintain a strong immune system, so I have been living off of this recipe that last few months. (Umm and why does it still feel like winter in April!? :-p) That said, it’s also a great treat when you’re looking to warm up, or need a comforting tea to wind down the night. Enjoy!
Gold Milk Tea (Turmeric Milk Tea Recipe) - Powder based
Place milk in a saucepan over medium heat. Add turmeric, ginger, and cardamom. Stir well if you are using the dried spices. Let the milk begin to simmer to incorporate all the spice. Serve and add honey to taste. Sometimes I mix it up and just use the spices above and sprinkle them in any green tea of my choice.
You can also save yourself sometime in the long run, by spending some time upfront to make batch of turmeric paste (recipe below). Once you make paste, you store it, and then add it to warm milk, or hot water like you would with any tea. Enjoy!
Golden Milk Tea via Fresh Turmeric Paste
Place ingredients in blender or food processor. I use the pulse button a few times to ensure it mixes around evenly first, before I turn it on thigh. Store paste in an airtight jar and place in the fridge. When ready to serve, scoop 1-2 teaspoons of paste into hot 8 oz of hot water or milk of choice.
Veggie Makhani Curry Recipe w. Roasted Cauliflower, Green Lentils, Chickpeas (Vegan Butter Chicken Recipe)
This is my play off of the Indian Butter Chicken, or Makhani Curry. It still uses all of the fragrant Indian herbs you find in most curries, but has a sweet buttery flavor. I have seen various iterations of this recipe, most of which use ghee or peanut oil. I like to use coconut oil to give it that rich flavor and healthy fats. This recipe calls only for green lentils, but if you want more protein you can also add 1 can of chickpeas.
This recipe is for the coffee lovers who are looking for a healthier way of getting your caffeine boost. While I have to start my day with a green smoothie everyday, I also enjoy switching it up and adding this smoothie in as an afternoon kick.
Cold brew coffee is quite the craze these days but for good reason. When you cold brew coffee of tea it tends to slow down the brewing process which makes it less acidic. This is great option especially if you find regular coffee is harsh on your stomach.
Why I made this:
This is a great way to enjoy coffee and pack in some superfoods. Plus when I dont have time to make homemade almond milk over coffee (which can be time consuming), making a coffee smoothie can be a quicker alternative. I added some great superfoods to give it a healthy boost, specifically raw cacao and maca powder, which give it a nice chocolatey-malty taste. Enjoy!
Coldbrew Chai-Puccino Smoothie:
Note: **I left a big range here so you can play around with the taste. If you traditionally like a lot of milk in your coffee go with closer to 8 oz. I tend to drink my coffees black so I do 4 to 6 oz. I'm also obsessed with cardamom so I go heavier with my spices :-)
Why I made this: I made this for a friend who wanted a smoothie with her favorite things: pineapple, orange, strawberries. I was also looking for excuses to add a flax seed-based smoothie to my collection. You can never get too many omega-3s :-).
Typically, when I add flax seed to a smoothie, the flavor profiles of the fruit and veggies change, which I am not a fan of. So I ended up adding banana here, as I find that flax seed and banana compliment each other very well.
Why you should try it: If you like coconuts, bananas or pina coladas, you'll like this smoothie blend! This is a good fruity smoothie, great for your skin, with lots vitamin C, flax seed and coconut for those super foods. Hope you enjoy my Kamilla COCO special smoothie :-)
Coconut Citrus Smoothie (Pineapple, Coconut, Strawberries, Banana, Orange and Flax seed)
Who am I and do why write this blog? Each time I ask myself that question, I find that I have so much more to learn and discover. "Who am I" is an ongoing process, and just when we think we've figured it out, life has its way of throwing us a ton of curve balls-but that's why its called a journey.
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