What I crave most after an intense yoga workout is a thirst-quenching, nutrient-rich smoothie, and lately one that also has anti-inflammatory properties. This Creamy Coconut Turmeric Smoothie is my current favorite, especially as my body has been feeling more aches and pains in my joints. Turmeric root when paired with healthy fats (avocado) is a great anti-inflammatory and joint-healer, along with ginger root (which also helps with digestion and the immune system), pea shoots (also an antioxidant). I've been adding GLA (gamma linoleic acid - an essential fatty acid), an Omega-6 oil to my diet to help reduce PMS and alleviate joint pain, but it also is a fat-burner, maintains skin and bone health, and elevates levels of serotonin (brain health!). It's important after a workout to replenishes lost electrolytes (you lose through sweat), so adding coconut water acts like a natural version of Gatorade. Also important to get protein after working those muscles - add hemp seeds which are a Super Food - a complete protein, and a source of Omega-3 & 6. Lemon is antimicrobial a natural cleanser and helps brighten up the flavor and any bitterness from the pea shoots.
Here's my recipe, which is adapted from the Natural Gourmet Institute's Tropical Turmeric Smoothie. Use all organic ingredients. Blend all ingredients in a blender. Makes 2 tall glasses.
CREAMY COCONUT TURMERIC SMOOTHIE:
1/2 ripe avocado, pitted & chopped
handful of frozen pineapple or mango chunks
handful of pea shoot sprouts
3 TBSPs hemp seeds
1 TBSP ginger, peeled & minced
2 TBSPs lemon juice (1/2 lemon)
1/2 TSP GLA oil (or other Omega-6 oil, like Borage)
1/4 TSP "Daily Turmeric" powder supplement
2 1/2 CUPS coconut water
4 ice cubes