Ready for a simple, gorgeous, delicious dose of superfood power?!
Seasonal eating helps you stay in connection with the earth, and while root veggies are a year-round crop in many places, they feature highly in the Fall and Winter when grounded, earthy goodness is at a premimum.
This smoothie features dried ginger and I hope you’ll try using it dried more often. The reason is quite big.
When I first learned about the healing value of dried ginger from my friend Leslie Durso, a vegan chef and ultra-educator who finds the best of food medicine, I was blown away. Properties in dried (and cooked) ginger are spectacular in fighting cancer stem cells and also very anti-inflammatory.
I sprinkle it in soups, smoothies, dressings and on veggies liberally now (and now, daily) because it is the superfood I never knew had such power.
All-year-round, dried ginger can make it into your day…and today, in a gloriously sunset-colored smoothie!
My sister Nicole in a numerologist, but she’s also a master mixologist, having spend over a decade inventing and being celebrated for mixing drinks from farm-fresh herbs, fruits and veggies. Since dried ginger is a strong taste, she worked to create a balanced drink you can whip up daily in minutes!
Ginger Root Veggie Super-Superfood Smoothie
½ cup fresh carrot juice
1 large or 2 small beets, steamed till they’re soft all the way through & peeled. (you can steam and peel a bunch and save them for salads)
1 medium sized apple peeled and chopped
½ of a lemon, squeezed
½ teaspoon powdered ginger
1 ½ tablespoons honey
Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend well on high until super-smooth. Add an ice cube or two to chill this beautifully!
If you would like to make your own carrot juice, the recipe is as follows:
1 cup of carrots – chopped
1 ½ cups of water
Strain juice through a cheese cloth or fine mesh strainer
Reserve pulp for later use, or compost it!
Ginger: Ginger contains the bioactive compound, gingerol, which gives it medicinal properties and boosts the immune system. Ginger can reduce nausea, morning sickness, reduce muscle pain and soreness, and treat chronic indigestion. It also has powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. Gingerol, the active ingredient in ginger, can help your body fight and prevent infections, strokes, and heart disease. HERE, as mentioned above, is the massive reason to use dried ginger!
Beets: They are high in Vitamin C and potassium and manganese. Beets also contain nitrates that are converted by the body into nitric oxide, which improves your flow of blood and lowers your blood pressure. Beets can help fight inflammation since they are rich in betaine, which protects cells from environmental stress. They are also believed to aid in detoxification and because they contain folate, eating beets reduces the risk of birth defects. You can read more about beet brilliance HERE.
Apples: Apples contain tons of dietary fiber, phytonutrients and antioxidants which can lower the risk of developing cancer, diabetes and heart disease. More on eating an apple a day is right here!
Carrot: Carrots are rich in beta-carotene which aids in the improvement of your vision. Beta-carotene has also been shown to reduce the risk of cancer of the lung, throat, breast, intestine, bladder and prostate. Kirsten Brandt, head of the research department and other researchers at Danish Institute of Agricultural Sciences (DIAS), explains HERE: “…isolated cancer cells grow more slowly when exposed to falcarinol. This substance is a polyacethylen, however, so it is important not to cook the carrots.”
Lemon: Lemons help alkalize your body and restore a balanced Ph level. They are also rich in vitamin C, vitamin B6, vitamin A, vitamin E, folate, niacin and thiamin. Lemons can aid in the prevention of diabetes, constipation, high blood pressure, fever and indigestion. Keep drinking that hot water and lemon, too! You can read more on lemon HERE.
Sneaking superfoods into your life doesn’t need to throw your world upside down making huge investments. Something simple like dried ginger powder is game-changing. And more fruits and veggies of the season are always a winner!
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