The last while, evenings and mornings I was hanging out at a really cool place to work out called Sweatshop Union. Initially I must admit, the name itself intimidated me (to death!) and I didn’t think I had the juice in me to keep up with the workouts.
Hard and challenging, yes–they don’t call it a ‘sweatshop’ for nothing. But also fun, inviting and as I said über cool, it’s never a chore to walk through the door. When workouts and exercises are creative, effective and designed intelligently it keeps you coming back for more.
Expert trainer and Sweatshop founder, Brian Douglas told me one morning he puts turmeric in his smoothie. Of course that left me super excited and impressed, wanting to snag that recipe. Brian kindly whipped together the recipe and allowed me to share it with my readers.
The benefits of turmeric are endless–anti-inflammatory, reduces swelling, aids in digestion, purifies the blood, relieves a cough…I could keep going. But sometimes I have to remember there is more to life than just turmeric! Eating a rainbow of foods and flavours is a good approach to get a range of vitamins, minerals and health benefits from the foods we eat.
Brian’s Turmeric Kale Protein Smoothie has it all and is like a whole meal-in-one, perfect for post-workout recovery.
Here’s what it contains:
- avocado - a superfood and healthy fat, avocados contain antioxidants that protect against eye disease, lowers cholesterol and makes you feel satiated. (1/2 ripe avocado)
- banana - high in potassium, bananas strengthen bones and reduce muscle cramping. (1/2 banana; use whole banana for added sweetness)
- berries - a superantioxidant that helps reduce belly fat. (1/2 cup)
- raw cocoa nibs - contains flavonoids lowers blood pressure levels, reduces cholesterol and improves blood circulation. (2 tsp.)
- coconut oil – a healthy saturated fat, it helps regulate blood sugar levels. (1 tbsp.)
- flax seeds (ground) - fibre rich, flax is a vegetarian source of Omega-3s and boosts immunity. (2 tsp.)
- kale - high in Vitamins A and C, fibre rich, antioxidant and anti- inflammatory. (1 cup)
- protein powder (vegan) - gives you 20g of protein per serving…wow! (2 tbsp. or 30g)
- turmeric - superspice, need I say more! (1/2 tsp.)
- Arvinda’s Chai Masala- this is my signature addition to the smoothie! Contains healing spices like ginger, cinnamon, cardamom and black pepper. I add a lot, about 1 tsp. to make this smoothie taste good. Remember, combining black pepper with turmeric increases its absorption. (1 tsp.)
- water- for hydration. (add enough to get the desired consistency)
Try it and stop by Sweatshop Union while you’re at it too. They’ve got something special happening over there!
A teaspoon of: Bombay Bicycle Club. Listening to: Evening Morning.