It’s the middle of winter and yet I can’t seem to get out of this smoothie kick! I figured I might as well run with it even though smoothies aren’t my usual go-to breakfast during these snow winter months. (Sorry oatmeal…) The ingredient that makes this smoothie extra special is the ginger. I had some fresh ginger root leftover from my vegan chana masala so I thought I would toss it into my smoothie in the morning for fun. It turned out to be my new favorite ingredient!
Ginger is actually one powerful food. It has been used for thousands of years to treat various GI issues such as nausea and diarrhea. In fact, double blind clinical trials have shown that ginger is safe and effective for alleviating nausea in pregnant women. Consumption of ginger has even been linked to decreased joint pain in those with osteoarthritis. No wonder, since it is chock full of a powerful anti-inflammatory compound called gingerol, which may be the reason for its positive effects on those with joint pain. The combination of ginger, fiber, and yogurt in this smoothie decrease bloat and promote a healthy gut. A great way to start off your morning if you ask me!
Ginger Berry Smoothie
- 1/4 cup plain or vanilla yogurt
- 1/2 frozen banana
- 3/4 cup frozen berries I had blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries
- 1/2 inch piece of fresh peeled ginger
- 1/2 cup almond milk
- 1 tablespoon almond butter
- Place all the ingredients in a blender and puree on high until smooth. Add additional almond milk too thin if mixture is too thick to drink with a straw.