This is serious. So serious, I’m just going to come out and say it.
I believe in the healing power of food. Am I munching on granola as I write this? Maaaaaaybe.
There’s a story behind this smoothie. Hear me.
I’ve been in a funk. And not in a cool James Brown sort of way…more like a The Devil in the White Citysort of way. Okay, that’s not funny at all.
We’ve all had it…the demon inside, the rebel without a cause, the fiendish thing that needs to be exorcised. Case in point: funkville.
So on Wednesday, there was the funk annnnd I also felt ill. I’m one of those annoying individuals who never gets sick. Like ever. About one time per year…okay, more like x times per year if you count hangovers.
Anyway, Wednesday: I had a raging migraine and felt nauseous but I went to afternoon spin class anyway, because that’s what you do when you pretend like you can walk on water.
During spin, I noticed my sweat smelled strange. Metallic. I normally don’t tell you people how my sweat smells, so I hope you’ll just let me have this one. Anyway, I had metal-smelling sweat and came home feeling worse than before I spunnnned. Shoot me.
Then in walks G. With a uuuuuge bag of shredded carrots and TWO uuuuuge bags of peeled ginger. OH MY GOD, THAT’S SO MUCH GINGER! I’M SO LUCKY! Was exactly what I thought. And guys, you should have seen G’s face. It was all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed like he was one of the forty-niners during the Gold Rush. NO ONE I know gets this excited about carrots and ginger. Odd couple? Yeeeeah.
Next, after I pranced around like a happy 4-year old and swore like a sailor over the new acquisition, I tucked by eyeballs back into my head and then did what all (forgive the generalization) women do when they’re feeling like crap. I blurted out all of my physical ailments and all but threw myself on the ground like a ragdoll.
And then Garrett did what a sympathetic man should do when his demonic girlfriend goes ragdoll. He utilized his resources. “Can I make you a carrot-ginger smoothie?” he asked. “YES! Yes, you may do that,” I replied.
And so he created and so I drank and slowly but surely, the headache subsided and the nausea disappeared. I woke up the next day feeling like a forty-niner.
Let’s do some reverse engineering so we can get the full healing-power effect.
Ginger: eases nausea, improves circulation, aids in digestion, anti-inflammatory, kills ovarian cancer cells, boosts the immune system.
Carrots: uuuuge Vitamin A’s, uuuuuge antioxidants, lots of other Vitamins
Coconut Milk: anti-oxidants, immunity boosting, Vitamins E, B, and C, potassium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus. These minerals support heart, kidney, and brain tissues, strengthens your bones, creates red blood cells, which helps the transportation of oxygen through your body. AND it’s more hydrating than water.
Honey: one of the world’s superfoods, waaaaahoo! Natural anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral – heeeeeello immune system! Honey helps wounds heal, has been proven to increase athletic performance, and is the healthiest sweetener on the planet (this is my opinion…may not be scientific fact).
Yogurt: Probiotics = gut health = happy people.
One note: This is NOT a smoothie for texture people because it IS grainy. But the flavor is AMAZING. If you’re a texture person and you want to try the smoothie but need to smooth it out, you can add a couple frozen bananas and make sure your liquid ratio is slightly higher than your carrots. In essence, adjust the ingredients according to your needs.
Okay, one more note: You’re going to need a high powered blender for this. If your blender is from the 1950’s, like my mother’s, you will have a difficult time getting the carrots to blend.
You’ve been healed! Let’s go forth and be merry!
Carrot Ginger Smoothie
- 3 cups carrot grated
- 1.5- inch peice of ginger peeled*
- 1/4 cup plain yogurt
- 1 cup full-fat canned coconut milk* full-fat recommended
- 1 tablespoon heaping honey
- handful ice
Put it all in a blender and blend until all chunks have smoothed out
Recipe Notes* If your blender can't blend a large piece of ginger, grate the ginger first using the fine side of a box grater. about 1.5 tablespoons of grated ginger is what you're going for.
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