Turmeric Recovery Smoothie
Once the muscle soreness settled in after my run yesterday, I got to thinking that I should come up with a post-run/workout recovery smoothie. The first thing that came to mind to use was turmeric because it is great for inflammation. Turmeric has been used for centuries as an anti-inflammatory and has been found to be helpful in treating tendinitis, arthritis, and some auto-immune diseases. The problem is, the flavor doesn’t necessary scream “add me to a smoothie” but you would be surprised how the peppery flavor can really enhance other flavors if you combine them correctly.
Here are some of the other ingredients and why the help aid in recovery:
Blueberries– these little super fruits are packed with antioxidants that help to strengthen your immune system and contain lots of fiber which helps with water absorption in your GI tract
Banana– eating bananas post-workout helps to replenish the body with carbs, lost magnesium and restores lost potassium which will help to reduce muscle cramping.
Kale– these dark leafy greens are alkalizing which helps to reduce inflammation post-workout.
Ginger- also an anti-inflammatory which reduces muscle soreness, also aids in digestion.
Cinnamon– regulates blood sugar, also eases muscle soreness and is rich in antioxidants.
Cacao nibs- there raw little nuggets of heaven are rich in antioxidants as well and helps to reduce oxidative stress.
- 1 cup of filtered water (add more or less depending on consistency you want)
- 1/2 cup of blueberries
- 1 frozen banana (or 1/2 if you want it less thick)
- 1 cup of kale
- 2 tablespoons cacao nibs
- 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ginger powder (or a baby nub of fresh ginger)
- 1 scoop chocolate protein powder ( I used Plant Fusion)
- All all ingredients together, blend and enjoy!
The smoothie ends up having this spicy chocolate-banana chai flavor which tastes surprisingly good!
Have you ever added turmeric to a smoothie? Anyone else really sore today from their run/workout yesterday?