Good morning!! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. Judging by the pictures I saw on instagram, MOST of the US had a delightful weekend full of colorful leaves and blue skies and crisp air and PUMPKINS and friends and apples and PIES and all things October. Lucky you! We're still in Hawaii, where we've had ridiculous amounts of rain in the last 48 hours due to Hurricane Ana. While I loooove spending time on the beach, I know I have plenty of that in my near future — and I was happy to have some lazy days playing with the kids inside, reading, watching movies, catching up with family, etc. My lazy bone was showing BIG time, and I'm 100% okay with that.
Today we have: Moothie Monday! As I mentioned last week, in our first installment of sMoothie Monday, I've been on a roll with the smoothies! I remember as a kid my mom would make us "fruit frappes" — which I later learned were usually called "smoothies" by normal people. I've ALWAYS loved a good smoothie, but developed even more of an appreciation for them while we were in Vietnam. I didn't even know it was possible to love smoothies more than I already did, but the abundance of fresh fruit (LOVE!) made for some incredible smoothies. All through Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos we would stop at little smoothie stands regularly to try whatever combination suited our fancy that day. Usually that meant pineapple and mango, maybe with banana or something else thrown in.
Now, this smoothie is a bit odd: it's full of turmeric. Remember when I made caramelized mushrooms in turmeric broth? I did a little convincing to ensure you guys it was safe/amazing to eat, and hopefully you gave it a go and decided it was worth it. If you still haven't tried turmeric tea, it's one of our favorites. Perhaps it's an acquired taste, but it comes quickly and has some seriously healthy goodness inside. If you're new to turmeric, you can start with a smaller portion of it, but work your way up to the full strength (or more!) if you're a T-fan!
I stuck with one color here, using bananas, pineapple, turmeric, honey, orange juice, and hemp hearts. All orangey/yellow! I know that's not normally associated with health, but I promise this one packs a healthy punch! Just like turmeric tea, I added a few cracks of black pepper, which help you absorb the goodies in turmeric a little bit better. The pineapple was my way of introducing a SWEET strong flavor to balance the strength of the turmeric. It worked perfectly for my taste!
As for the hemp hearts, I'm just loving their texture — not to mention they're packed with protein and omega's that are healthy as can be. I wasn't kidding when I said this smoothie packed a health punch! I blended most of the hemp hearts in with the smoothie, but you can mix them in or sprinkle them on top if you want more of their texture to come through. You can buy hemp hearts at Costco, I believe, or check them out on Amazon.
Have a wonderful week!!Print
- 1 banana, frozen
- 1 cup frozen pineapple pieces
- 1 tsp ground turmeric
- 1 Tbsp honey
- 1 cup orange juice
- 2 Tbsp raw hemp hearts
- fresh ground black pepper (a few grinds worth)
- Combine all ingredients in the blender.
- Mix until smooth! Add more liquid if needed to get it moving.