Did you know ginger and turmeric really are superfoods??!!
Ginger and turmeric have been used for years as medicine, in fact, they are the most extensively studied ingredients in herbal medicine. With so many amazing benefits, why wouldn't you want to start your day with these medicinal and culinary powerhouses for a tasty treat that will give you a natural energy boost and strengthen your immunity?
We want to thank @annie_siegfried, nutritionist and health advocate, for her amazingly delicious recipe for a Ginger & Turmeric Purple Tea Smoothie Bowl!
Ginger & Turmeric Purple Tea Smoothie Bowl:
- 2 frozen bananas
- ginger to taste
- pinch of fresh, dried, or powdered turmeric
- 1/2 cup Unsweetened or Lightly Sweetened KABAKI Kenyan Purple Tea
- fresh blueberries
- fresh mango
- fresh kiwi
- Add frozen banana, ginger, turmeric, and purple tea in your blender. Blend until combined well.
- Pour into your favorite bowl and top with any fresh fruit you have handy. We really love this smoothie bowl with fresh blueberries, fresh mango, and fresh kiwi.
- Eat and enjoy!
Ginger - is a root from a flowering plant from China, is a great flavor enhancer and has multiple medicinal properties. Ginger combats fatigue which, in turn, leads to more energy. Ginger root contains antioxidants, may reduce the risk of chronic illness, reduces pain from inflammatory conditions, lowers blood sugar, improves heart health, and is great for managing nausea and digestive issues. Ginger contains vitamins B3, B6, and C, Iron, Potassium, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Zinc, Folate, and Niacin.
Turmeric - is a bright yellow spice closely related to ginger that contains an active compound called curcumin. Curcumin is high in antioxidants, has anti-inflammatory effects, and may also aid in pain reduction and speed healing - both internally and externally. Turmeric, like ginger, aids fatigue to help naturally boost energy. It can help improve brain function, lower the risk of heart disease, prevent certain types of cancer, may be helpful in preventing Alzheimer's Disease, helps with depression, and may help delay aging. Turmeric contains over 300 naturally occurring components including beta-carotene, vitamin C, calcium, fiber, iron, niacin, potassium, and zinc.
Banana - high in fiber to help maintain your blood pressure and cholesterol as well as helping ease inflammation. Banana's are also rich in potassium which may help lower blood pressure, keeps your bones healthy, and help your muscles work their best. And did you know that yellow fruit, like bananas, are a good source of prebiotics, vitamin B6, and vitamin C too?!
Blueberries - like purple tea, blueberries are rich in anthocyanin, a flavonoid with antioxidant effects that give blueberries their deep hue and a myriad of health benefits. Blueberries can help heart health, bone strength, lowering blood pressure, and even mental health. Blueberries are packed with 24% of the recommended daily allowance of vitamin C. Blueberries are also high in fiber, potassium, folate, vitamin B6, and phytonutrients.
Purple Tea - has more antioxidants and polyphenols than any other tea and even more anthocyanins than even blueberries! Anthocyanins help with inflammation, they're anti-viral, and are thought to have cancer-fighting benefits. Research also suggests that purple tea can help fight free radicals, boost the immune system, help with brain function, support cardiovascular health, is detoxifying, and can help with weight control. Did you know it has more antioxidants than any other tea including green and black teas!
Mango - is great for digestion. It contains enzymes that help breakdown and digest protein and fiber to help keep your digestive tract working efficiently. Mango contains prebiotic dietary fiber to help produce good bacteria in the gut. It's also known to boost immunity with up to 2/3 of the daily recommended allowance of vitamin C and high level of antioxidants. Mango can also promote eye health, lower cholesterol, promote healthy skin, and is lower on the glycemic index ranging between 41 and 60. Foods less than 55 are considered low. They're also packed with vitamin A, high in fiber, copper, folate, vitamin B6, vitamin E, niacin, potassium, and so much more!
Kiwi - Kiwi may be small but it's packed with a ton of flavor and health benefits. Kiwi is thought to help treat asthma, aid digestion, boost immunity, manage blood pressure, prevent vision loss, and reduce blood clotting. Kiwi is a good source of fiber and antioxidants, as well as, vitamin C, choline, and lutein.
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