Sore muscle smoothie

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I am fascinated with the function of food as medicine and I am always looking for a natural food or herb to solve my common ailments. I once attended a nutrition workshop and the registered dietician that was teaching explained that kitchen herbs and spices are like “free medicine”. They contain virtually zero calories for huge health benefits.

Turmeric is a natural anti-inflammatory and the benefits seem to be endless! I love consuming this herb as often as possible because I swear it helps with sore muscles. Here is a credible site that explains a bit more about this herb: http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/turmeric

And here is a recipe for an Indian yogurt-based drink called a lassi. This is my favorite turmeric recipe because you can really taste the flavor of the herb, which is subtle and usually lost in other savory dishes. I often change this recipe by adding whatever fruit or greens I have on hand. Occasionally I add too much turmeric or ginger and it needs a little sweetness, but I leave the honey out when possible (just taste the drink before adding honey). I followed this recipe the first time I made this drink and it was delicious. Now when I make it I just eyeball all of the ingredients and it still comes out well.

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Turmeric Lassi

  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 inch cube fresh ginger (grated with microplane)
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1-3 teaspoons turmeric
  • Splash of milk (I usually use almond or coconut)
  • Optional: honey (for sweetness), ice cubes, greens (spinach, kale, beet greens), fruit