It’s no secret that I love smoothies. They are fun to make, quick, delicious, and packed with nutrients. What’s not to love? It is, however, the month of January and the cold has set in. I’m recognizing and honoring the fact that my body doesn’t necessarily desire cold, frozen fruit every morning upon rising and that it is currently asking for foods with more of a warming effect.
I got inspired to create a smoothie that was supportive of the season I am in—to reflect warmth, and to be a reminder of the sunshine—something that is few and far between on these grey, Pacific Northwest days.
This smoothie is made with fresh, tropical fruit—omitting the frozen factor and bringing in some sunshine energy. I added in fresh ginger and ground cayenne pepper to give it a kick and create a natural warming effect in the body. I also used some raw cacao for deliciousness and a boost of vitality. I then of course made it into a beautiful smoothie bowl, adding more nutrient dense flavors and textures for a full superfood experience.
I’d love to take a moment to talk about the healing properties of cayenne pepper. This is a powerful food due to the presence of a compound known as capsaicin which has a multitude of benefits for the body.
• Stimulates blood circulation, helping to lower blood sugar levels and increase detoxification within the body.
• Fights colds and flus as it is a decongestant, helping to remove mucus and allow for clearer breathing.
• Is known to provide relief from joint pain through activating nerve signals which take pressure off of the joints.
• Is a digestive aid (like ginger), stimulating the whole system while supporting an efficient, balanced metabolism.
• Warms the body from the inside out, a necessary trait for the winter season.
This smoothie is such a nice way to start the day. It’s energizing, fresh, warming, insanely delicious, wonderful for the digestive system first thing in the morning, and it honestly brightens the mood!
- 2 bananas
- 1 mango
- ¼-1/2 avocado (depending on size)
- 3-4 oz fresh orange juice (about 2 oranges)
- 1 Tbs coconut oil
- 2 Tbs raw cacao powder
- 2 medjool dates
- ¾ inch fresh ginger
- ⅛-1/4 tsp ground cayenne, to taste
- small handful dried coconut
- small handful of goji berries (soaked in water for a few minutes to soften)
- small handful raw cacao nibs
- Cut up half of a banana for topping, set aside
- Put remaining 1½ bananas in blender
- Cut up half of the mango for topping, set aside
- Put remaining half of mango in blender
- Cut up a few slices of orange for topping, set aside
- Juice the remainder of the orange and add 3-4 oz to the blender
- Add avocado, coconut oil, dates, cacao, ginger, and cayenne to the blender
- Blend! for a minute or two, until nice and creamy
- Pour into a bowl and top with banana, mango, orange, coconut flakes, cacao nibs, and soaked goji berries
If you want to read more about the benefits of including smoothies into your diet, click over to my first post where I share a recipe for this green smoothie bowl.
I hope this post has inspired you to pull that blender out from the back of the cupboard and to keep blending through the darkness of winter. May you all feel the sunshine that shines from within.
With health & heart,