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Orange Spice Turmeric Tea (and The Benefits of Turmeric)

Orange Spice Turmeric Tea (and The Benefits of Turmeric)

This isn’t my first rondevue with turmeric and making turmeric milk/tea. About a month ago I posted a simple recipe for Basic Turmeric Milk that I quickly fell in love with. Overall, that recipe was very basic and just combined the earthy flavor of turmeric with sweet and floral honey. Since then I have tweaked a few ingredients and added some local and in season foods

This new recipe for Orange Spice Turmeric Tea not only uses the healing power of turmeric, but it also combines the spicy flavor of real ginger with fresh orange and honey. It is a cup of deliciousness that will heal, balance and rejuvenate.

If you haven’t noticed, turmeric is the hot new food/herb/root that is popping up all over the social media scene and internet. That being said, I thought it was time to really put the spotlight on turmeric and give you the low down from an RD point of view.

One of the main compounds found in turmeric is Curcumin, which is responsible for it’s bright orange color as well as the amazing anti-inflammatory and health properties. There are other healthy and healing compounds in turmeric, however curcumin is the most studied and the most recognized.

When it’s orange season I use this delicious fruit with everything and in everything I possibly can. I mean, its not often that you can get delicious and in-season fruit that looks like a little piece of sunshine, and tastes like it too. Adding the fresh orange zest and juice as well as the fresh ginger and honey was undoubtedly the right decision for this blissful beverage. The perfect combination of vitamin c and beta-carotene boosting orange, healing and spicy ginger, sweet local honey, earthy turmeric and a little milk gives me reason to believe this drink is actually liquid gold.

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Ingredients (serves 1)

  • 1 cup coconut or almond milk
  • 1 tsp orange zest
  • 2 tbsp fresh orange juice
  • 1/2 -1 tsp fresh grated ginger root
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon (optional)

Directions

  1. In a sauce pan over low heat combine milk, orange zest, ginger and orange juice. Stir and let steep for 5 minutes.
  2. Add in honey and whisk until well combined.  Lastly add in turmeric, whisk and allow to reach a boil on low heat.
  3. Remove from heat and strain the grated ginger and orange zest out. Pour turmeric tea into a glass and enjoy!
Cinnamon Roll Smoothie Recipe

Cinnamon Roll Smoothie Recipe

Cinnamon Roll Smoothie Recipe

One of the best things about smoothies is that there really are no limits to what you can do with them. From light and fruity to rich and creamy, the variations are absolutely endless. Another great thing about them is that they’re like dessert, but much healthier.

Cinnamon-Roll-Smoothie-Recipe

No matter what your favorite dessert is, from a banana split to pumpkin pie, you can whip up a smoothie version of it in minutes. Throw a few ingredients in the blender, hit the button, and boom! Dessert in a glass.

So it should come as no surprise that my newest recipe is for a cinnamon roll smoothie. Basically, just imagine taking all the sweet, sticky, spicy indulgence of a fresh-baked cinnamon roll and cramming it into a glass. The only thing you can leave out is the guilt, because this Cinnamon Roll Smoothie is low-fat and packed with healthy fruit and oatmeal.

A cinnamon roll you can sip through a straw. You can’t beat that-but you can blend it.

Note: If you do not have frozen fruit to use for the smoothies, fresh fruit will work just fine. If using fresh fruit, make sure to add a handful of ice to the other ingredients before blending. The frozen fruit just adds that cold element to make an ice cold drink.
Cinnamon Roll Smoothie, Serves 2

Ingredients:

1 cup vanilla almond milk

1/2 cup vanilla Greek yogurt

1/4 cup old fashioned oats

1 tablespoon brown sugar

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1 frozen banana (or fresh banana, but add in 3-4 ice cubes with fresh)

Optional: 1/4 fresh walnuts

Directions: 

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

 



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Burning Face Mask: How to Reduce Acne Scars and Uneven Skin Tones

Burning Face Mask: How to Reduce Acne Scars and Uneven Skin Tones

Recipe
1/2 tsp organic cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp raw honey
2 tsp fresh lemon juice

Mix together into thick paste. Apply and let sit for 30 minutes… or ten if you can’t handle the burn! It should only burn for the first five minutes or so and then it’ll wear off. Rinse the mask off with warm water and moisturize.

Note: Keep in mind that this is a mask that works gradually. It won’t move mountains overnight, but if you are consistent with applying it 2 times a week you will see a huge improvement in your skin. With consistent application it will lighten up marks, blemishes and scars. It will reduce fine lines and wrinkles, it will also help your skin to glow and look healthy.

Cinnamon and Honey Green Tea Smoothie Recipe

Cinnamon and Honey Green Tea Smoothie Recipe

Preparing your own smoothie is an easy option for replacing a meal. In a few minutes, you can have a complete meal, full of beneficial nutrients. There are thousands of smoothie recipes that you can use with a Vitamix blender, which can make it difficult to find the exact recipe you are looking for.

If you are trying to find a morning meal replacement, then you will enjoy this cinnamon and honey green tea smoothie recipe.

The caffeine and antioxidants found in the green tea will provide you with your morning energy, while the honey will help to regulate your blood sugar levels. This will keep you on track and focused throughout the day, without leaving you with a sugar craving in the middle of the afternoon.

Before making this recipe, it should be noted that it requires fresh green tea. Brew a single cup of green tea before preparing your smoothie, using one or two green tea bags. You will require a half-cup of green tea to make the cinnamon and honey green tea smoothie. Pour the half-cup of green tea into a small airtight container and place in your fridge.

Cinnamon and Honey Green Tea Smoothie Ingredients

Along with the green tea, you will need a few additional ingredients. In addition to everything listed below, you can also add your choice of fresh, leafy greens, such as spinach or kale; though, this is not a requirement. Here are the basic ingredients for the cinnamon and honey green tea smoothie:

  • ½ a cup of green tea
  • ½ a banana (frozen)
  • ½ a cup of almond milk (can be replaced with coconut milk or soymilk)
  • 1 tablespoon of raw honey
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon

Cinnamon and Honey Green Tea Smoothie Directions

Add all of the ingredients to your Vitamix blender, starting with the green tea, then the milk, followed by the produce, honey, and cinnamon. Some people also prefer to add ice. If you choose to add ice, blend the ingredients for a minute, then add the ice and blend for another minute.

Blend the ingredients until smooth and then serve. This should make one large serving of the cinnamon and honey green tea smoothie.

Raw honey is a vital ingredient in this recipe. It contains an abundance of beneficial vitamins and minerals, while giving it the sweetness that would usually come from sugar. Among the ingredients found in raw honey, you will receive a healthy dose of vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, and vitamin C, as well as minerals – iron, copper, calcium, chlorine, potassium, magnesium, zinc, and manganese.

This combination of nutrients will boost your energy, provide you with antioxidants, and support the development of healthy bacteria in your gut, while also preventing the growth of harmful bacteria or fungi.

A green tea smoothie is intended to cleanse your body and build up your immune system. This makes the cinnamon and honey green tea smoothie the perfect meal replacement for the cold or flu season. If you want to protect your body from the cold or flu, boost your metabolism, and improve your health, try drinking a cinnamon and honey green tea smoothie several times per week.

 

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Chunky Chocolate Vitamix Blender Smoothie Recipe

Chunky Chocolate Vitamix Blender Smoothie Recipe

Drinking a smoothie in the morning can save you time, while giving you the energy and nutrition you need to get through the day. Instead of relying on fruit smoothies and green drinks, you can start your day with a chocolate treat. This chunky chocolate Vitamix blender recipe is full of nutrients, despite its decadent taste.

If you are searching for an enjoyable morning smoothie, try this chunky chocolate Vitamix blender recipe.

Chunky Chocolate Blender Recipe Ingredients

Most people prefer to freeze their bananas before using them in a smoothie recipe. This is up to you, but the frozen bananas do help to create a thicker smoothie. To make your chunky chocolate smoothie, collect these ingredients:

  • 1 banana
  • ¾-cup of coconut milk (you could also use almond milk)
  • 2 dates
  • 2 tablespoons of nut butter (if you have the time, make your own from fresh nuts)
  • 1 tablespoon of cacao powder
  • 1 handful of leafy greens
  • ½ a teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon of fresh cinnamon

Chunky Chocolate Blender Recipe Directions

Once you have the necessary ingredients, the only step left is to combine the ingredients in your Vitamix blender and blend just until smooth. Leave the mixture slightly chunky, to give the smoothie more texture and consistency.

You can store leftovers in an airtight container, in your fridge. Before drinking leftovers, pour the contents into your blender with one ice cube for every eight ounces of liquid. Blend until smooth and serve your leftovers.


Banana Nut Smoothie

The Healthiest Chocolate Breakfast

Most people do not associate chocolate with breakfast or healthy meals, yet this chunky chocolate smoothie is packed with beneficial ingredients. To give you a better idea of why this smoothie is such as great option for your breakfast, here are some of the benefits of the included ingredients.

The included bananas will provide a good source of vitamin B6, potassium, and magnesium. The coconut milk contains a small amount of protein, as well as healthy unsaturated fats, including omega-3 fatty acids.

The cacao powder provides the chocolate taste, but is not as heavily processed as cocoa powder. Cacao powder contains a large amount of antioxidants and additional nutrients. The nut butter is another source of antioxidants to help fight inflammation.

The handful of leafy greens will give you essential vitamins and minerals needed for a healthy body. The inclusion of cinnamon can help to control your blood sugar level.

Cinnamon – Cinnamon helps control blood sugar levels by slowing the absorption of sugar into the bloodstream. It also contains anti-inflammatory properties.

The combination of chocolate, bananas, and nut butter will create a chunky chocolate smoothie that is actually good for you. There is no reason you cannot eat a great tasting snack for breakfast. With all the essential vitamins and minerals that you need to give you an energy boost in the morning, this chunky chocolate smoothie is quick and easy to make.

If you are searching for a new morning meal, try this chunky chocolate smoothie recipe using your Vitamix blender.