TURMERIC MANGO TANGO (Smoothie)

ALMOND MILK, BANANA, MANGO, POMEGRANATE SEEDS, GOJI BERRIES, TURMERIC, VEGA PROTEIN (VANILLA), MACA POWDER, GINGER, CINNAMON, COCONUT OIL AND CHIA/FLAX BLEND

(Adapted from “Turmeric Smoothie Recipe Makes A Delicious & Powerful Antioxidant” by Joe Martino; Collective Evolution)

I am so completely engaged in the flavors of autumn here in New England…pomegranate, cranberries, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, nutmeg, etc. Tart, nutty & sweet (my favorite flavor combo). This smoothie takes that to an even higher level with the addition of Turmeric. When I came across Joe Martino’s recipe online, I just had to make it myself. And, as usual, I tweaked it a bit. I won’t go into huge detail about all of the benefits since you’ve probably read my rants before about how good Turmeric is for you (anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, cancer cell fighter, improved brain function, etc) but the simple fact of the matter is the more Turmeric you put into your body everyday, the more help you’re getting in fighting off disease. And a smoothie (or juice) is the easiest, most perfect vehicle to deliver it to your system.

8 oz Almond Milk
1 Fresh Banana
1/2 Cup Frozen Mango
1/2 Cup Pomegranate Seeds
1/4 Cup Goji Berries
1 scoop VEGA PROTEIN SMOOTHIE (VIVA VANILLA)
1 Tbsp Coconut Oil
1 tsp Turmeric Powder
1 tsp Maca Powder
1/2 tsp Ginger (peeled, chopped)
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
1 Tbsp Chia Seed
1 Tbsp Flax Seed

Pour Almond Milk into the blender along with the Banana, Mango, Pomegranate Seeds and Goji Berries. Blend on crush ice setting until cracking stops…then blend again on liquify setting for about 30-40 secs. If too thick, you can always adjust by adding more Almond Milk. Add Vega, Coconut Oil, Turmeric, Maca, Ginger, Cinnamon Chia and Flax and blend one more time on liquify until very smooth. Pour into a large, tall glass. CLEAN UP BEFORE DRINKING (this reenforces good habits and a new regimen). Enjoy!

Don’t forget to check out all of the great plant-based, whole food products from Vega. Their smoothie powders are delicious, nutritious, animal-free and are the foundation for all of my smoothie recipes. http://myvega.com/

Enjoy your smoothie w/ your favorite straw; although, for Earth’s sake, I recommend a glass one from Glass Dharma http://glassdharma.com.

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