Give your smoothie a nutritious boost by adding turmeric! This creamy turmeric smoothie makes an amazing light breakfast or snack and provides a clean boost of energy.
Alright friends, let’s talk about something that I’m sure we can all be a little better at: being nice to ourselves.
I know, I’m coming at you hot today but lately self-care is something I have become increasingly aware of and more passionate about. The fact that I am just now recognizing the importance of self-care is absolutely insane, since I write a “healthy living blog” and have been “passionate about wellness” for years now. But I am finally realizing that my previous approach to wellness didn’t really work for me. Slowly but surely, I am getting better at learning what actually makes me feel good as a human and what doesn’t.
Don’t get me wrong, I am far from perfect. I’m not walking around treating myself with Mother Theresa kindness and compassion, but I am becoming increasingly more aware of the connection between how I treat myself and how I feel.
To say I haven’t been nice to myself since…forever would be a major understatement. Like Ms. Norbury (Tina Fey) in Mean Girls, I’m a pusher. But 99.9% of the time, the person I’m pushing to the brink of craziness is myself. Until recently, all acts of self-care were always things I did to “fix” aspects of myself. I decide I don’t like my cellulite, so I workout like a mad woman for years on end. I don’t like how bloated I feel after eating certain foods, so I stop eating them. I don’t like the way my nails peel, so I give myself manis on the reg to cover them up.
Lately I have started to shift my perspective a little bit. Instead of exercising and making certain food choices because I still feel like I have aspects of my body I want to “fix” I use my workouts as a stress reliever, and because I like feeling strong. Instead of focusing on foods that are off limits because I’m worried about what they’ll do to my body, I’m focusing more on eating food that gives me energy and makes me feel good. Instead of obsessing over my peely nails and dry cuticles, I give myself manis because a fresh coat of nail polish feels damn good, and I like how put together it makes me feel.
Perspective, friends. Perspective.
Again, I am far from perfect and still have my fair share of moments where I’m beating myself up. But the awareness of how good it feels to simply treat myself well has really redefined my personal view of wellness. I am really excited to share this view with you.
So what does all of this have to do with this smoothie? This recipe is one of those things that just makes me feel good. Turmeric has been my JAM lately. Thanks to its high concentrations of the compound curcumin, turmeric is believed to have a range of health benefits including relief from headaches, digestive issues and inflammation. I’m not (yet) an RD so I can’t endorse those claims but I have been loving turmeric as an addition to my regular diet and have noticed my migraines haven’t been nearly as bad since introducing it.
So show yourself a little extra self-care by whipping up this creamy delight!
- ½ Cup Frozen Pineapple
- ½ Frozen Banana
- ½ Inch Fresh Ginger, Grated
- ¾ Cup Chai Tea Concentrate (or sub strong brewed Chai tea)
- ½ Cup Almond or Coconut Milk
- Juice of ½ Lime
- ¼ Teaspoon Ground Turmeric
- 1 Scoop Vanilla Protein Powder OR ½ Cup Plain Yogurt
- Optional: Coconut Flakes for Garnish
- Combine all ingredients in a blender, and blend until smooth. If the mixture is too thick, add a bit more almond milk. Garnish with coconut flakes.
- What are some of your ways to practice self-care?
- What does “wellness” mean to you?