Did you know that smoothies are wonderful options to substitute your meals or snacks? These delicious, healthy drinks are made up mostly of fruits, vegetables and other nutrient dense sources. Some would even include a whole egg or a piece of fish to add protein content.
The best smoothies should come from real whole food ingredients – not from a packaged mix as these contain chemically altered ingredients. Drinking nutrient-dense smoothies in replacement to certain meals can also aid in regulating your weight without disregarding the amount of phytochemicals and nutrients your body needs. As smoothies contain fiber, they also help in improving your gut health and overall immune system.
One anti-inflammatory recipe you can drink at any time of the day is a blend of acai berries and turmeric powder.
Why use acai berries?
Acai berries are small, round and deep purple to black in color. They slightly feel like the taste of chocolate and wild berries combined. Not too sweet, you can definitely taste their berry-flavor. Just like any superfood, acai berries contain high quantities of antioxidants.
According to some studies, they contains higher levels of antioxidants with potent properties compared to blueberries, strawberries, cranberries and raspberries. They are also rich in healthy essential fats and fiber which aid to improve digestion. In addition, they contribute to healthy nails, skin and hair, reduce the risk of coronary diseases, lower blood sugar and may reduce the likelihood of cancer.
Why do you need to add turmeric?
If you are making a delicious smoothie, why not include healthy spices that you may not be a regular part of your diet? Believe it or not, spices hold even more antioxidants than all the berries combined. But because they come in a wide array of pungent and unconventional flavors, it can be difficult to include them in our daily diet.
Turmeric contains a potent anti-inflammatory compound called curcumin. It has been used for thousands of years to treat health conditions like ulcers and respiratory related ailments. Today, it is a known natural treatment for individuals suffering from the complications brought about by chronic inflammation. Turmeric and curcumin benefits are well documented in reviews and testimonials from individuals who take this supplement form religiously.
It has also been reported to alleviate chronic pain, treat diabetes, and fight depression. Clinical studies of turmeric as an acting agent against cancer also show promising results. It has been proven to reduce tumor cell growth and prevent cancer from recurring.
These two ingredients combined will help people who are trying to manage health conditions like leaky gut syndrome, gas pain, prediabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and rheumatoid arthritis. And because of its high antioxidant content, this smoothie will also help reduce oxidative damage and improve collagen production in your body. This is a beauty and health drink combined.
Be reminded that acai berries are not too sweet, and turmeric can be pungent. Adding other fruits like blueberries, cherries or bananas can add sweetness without the worry of possibly raising your blood sugar.
This is also a great drink to satisfy a sweet tooth during pregnancy for those who are dealing with gestational diabetes. And because of its exceptional content in healthy fats, lactating mothers can take advantage of this drink as well.
3/4 cup of fresh blueberries (or any berry juice)
1/2 lemon (squeeze the juice out or you can include the peel for tartness)
1 whole ripe banana
1 teaspoon of turmeric powder
200 grams of fresh Acai Berries (1 bottle of 8 ounce Organic Acai Berry Juice or Acai Berry packets sold at health food store will do)
Simply add all the ingredients above in a blender and blend until the content is smooth. You can add yogurt if you prefer a thicker consistency, but you can also do without it. Make sure to use a high-grade blender as it will give you the best consistency. If you do not have one, an ordinary blender will do.
If you plan to drink this while breastfeeding, you can toss some blanched moringa leaves for added nutrients. Moringa is known to help increase the production of breast milk among new mothers. You can find moringa leaves in your local market and grocery stores.
For new parents, smoothies are a great method for making sure that you are still eating fresh, healthy foods. Filling in potential nutritional gaps can be accomplished with smoothies like this one is especially important for those who choose to exclusively breastfeed their newborns.
Katrina Rice is a mom and a freelance writer. She strongly believes in the concept of holistic wellness through healthy and natural living, traveling and immersing one’s self in new activities. A self-proclaimed health enthusiast, she hopes to inspire more people to do the same.