Spring is the Season for "Green."
So how about a super yummy green smoothie with ginger, then?
It makes "being green" super easy, as you will see shortly.
Ginger does more than helping your detoxification pathways work smoothly, though. It also has powerful anti-fungal properties. I love ginger and I especially love using ginger in a smoothie recipe that includes fresh fruit. Fruit can be fantastic for you but it can also be high in sugar. Which is where ginger truly shines at keeping your digestion healthy and preventing fruit sugars from taking over your gut.
Did I mention, I really love ginger:-)?
And, without further adieu, here is one of my favorite green smoothie recipes
"So Easy Being Green" Anti-inflammatory Smoothie
Ingredients (serves one):
- 1/2 cup water*
- 1/4 cup macadamia nuts**
- 1 cup kale***
- 1/2 inch fresh ginger (peel and chop or grate)
- 2 dates, pitted
- 1 green tipped banana
- 4-5 ice cubes (add after all the ingredients are blended and run your blender again to crush/ blend in)*****
*add more or less water, depending on how powerful your blender is and how thick you like it
**I love macadamia nuts for their anti-inflammatory profile and use them most in my recipes. Macadamia nuts are very high in monounsaturated oil (like olive oil, for example) which is very unusual for nuts. If you use any other nuts instead, make sure to soak for a few hours beforehand to remove the anti nutrients
***any leafy greens work really well in this recipe, except spinach. Feel free to play with what YOU like! I love mustard greens here as well. Depending on how powerful your blender is, you may want to de-stem the greens or leave whole for the extra fiber
**** While I am not a huge fan of putting ice in drinks, in this case, the ice cubes work well to lightly cool down the greens without making the drink feel too cold.
If you want to avoid ice cubes altogether, here is another cool variation on the recipe:
Skip the dates and the ice cubes and throw in two large frozen green figs instead (you can get them at Trader Joe's in the frozen fruit/ veggie section).