Whew! Its been a busy week…and especially a busy weekend! Who knew that President’s Day was a big vacation weekend? Well I am guessing some of you out there actually did…but me? I lived in a foreign country for the first 5 years of my adult life…away from American holidays and American school vacations. And upon returning, I have not worked in those mainstream career paths that give people vacation days on national holiday… So personally I had no idea that work would be busy this weekend.
If you didn’t know already, I am (amongst other things) a massage therapist and as I near completion of my first year at the spa that I work at, I am slowly learning the trends of the business. What days, weeks, months, are busy, and when the down-time is. Note to self, things actually pick up around long weekends like Martin Luther King weekend and President’s Day. So I am pooped! And grateful…so appreciative to have the work!
Now I am catching my breath and looking forward to sleeping in a little tomorrow. Do you hear that Boo? Boo (the cat) can be a little pushy and disrespectful of my sleep. She is a sweetheart but she snores louder than some humans and if she isn’t snoring she is purring (even louder) or licking herself (which shakes the whole bed). So the rules are that she is not allowed to sleep near me. Do you think she respects that rule?
One thing that has been getting me through the mornings lately is this Turmeric Smoothie. It is good! It sort of developed over time with many variations, including the one where I dropped way too much turmeric into the blender. You see, I don’t usually measure what I am making, unless I am going to share a recipe on the blog. And the turmeric container does not have one of those handy shaker tops to make sure that only a little comes out at a time…so sometimes my laziness can lead to disaster. Warning for those of you who have not consumed turmeric very often – too much can be quite bitter!
But don’t discount it yet. Turmeric has amazing healing properties including:
- antiseptic and antibacterial
- liver detoxing
- pain reliever
- aids in metabolism and weight management
- speeds up wound healing
- helps skin issues like psoriasis
and much more! Turmeric has even been used in studies to aid Alzheimer’s patients, cancer patients and childhood leukemia. Personally I don’t see why you wouldn’t want to add a little of this to your smoothie in the morning.
What superfoods do you like to add to your smoothies?
makes 2 medium smoothies or one large
1 ripe banana
1/2 cup frozen mango chunks
1 cup orange juice
1 tablespoon coconut oil
fresh grated ginger (size of a small grape)
1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
1/4 cup coconut milk (canned)
1/2 cup water
Add the first 6 ingredients above to a blender and blend on high speed until smooth.
Pour into a large smoothie glass and enjoy!
Note: As you develop your taste for turmeric you will probably be able to add more in. The flavor can be bitter so be cautious if you are not familiar with the spice.