One food that I’ve been incorporating into my diet every day is fresh ginger. Before I started researching anti-inflammation foods, I’d never used fresh ginger in a smoothie. I’ve used it countless times in meals as it’s one of my favorite flavors, but never in a smoothie. Now I’m kind of obsessed. I think I had this pineapple-ginger smoothie with my lunch for a week straight. It’s strong, but oh-so-good.
Even if you don’t need the anti-inflammation benefits of fresh ginger (but really, who doesn’t?), it boasts a whole bunch of other health benefits. Fresh ginger is great for nausea (I drank ginger drinks a lot when pregnant), is said to help keep blood-sugar steady, improves the absorption of essential nutrients, and can increase energy. I’ve noticed after having a smoothie with fresh ginger for lunch I don’t have my usual dip mid-afternoon energy slump, so it works for me!
This spiced banana almond smoothie is a lovely blend of sweet and spicy. The fresh ginger adds a little bite, but the almond and banana flavor are still able to shine. Banana and almond is a classic smoothie combination, but adding fresh ginger and cinnamon take it in a different direction and give it a fresh and fun flavor profile.
As you can probably tell from the pictures, this is not a super thick smoothie. Sometimes I’m in the mood for a thick, creamy smoothie, other times I really want one that is on the thinner side. For a creamier smoothie, use frozen bananas. You could even add an extra banana or reduce the water/milk if you want it extra thick. I love this smoothie as-is, though. It is light and refreshing, yet has enough protein to be quite filling. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!
Spiced Banana Almond Smoothie
A classic smoothie combination is given a new twist with the use of fresh ginger and cinnamon. This vegan smoothie is a great anti-inflammatory smoothie and is packed with protein from the almond butter.
1 large banana (frozen first for a creamier smoothie)
2 tablespoons almond butter
1 cup coconut water, water, or almond milk (coconut water is my favorite here, but they all work)
~1/4″-1/2″ piece of fresh ginger, peeled and cut into pieces
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup of ice
Place all ingredients into the blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy!
P.S. I won’t be posting for Fitness Friday this week. Have a great Easter weekend, everyone!