I am not going to lie – I have made some bad smoothies in the past. Just last week, I overestimated the amount of beets I could hide in my smoothie; it was an epic fail. My smoothie was bright red and tasted like a beet.
I know - it's cold outside. Punxsutawney Phil just let us know that we have six more weeks of winter. But, with cold winter comes citrus season! Clementines, grapefruits, oranges - they are all in season and absolutely delicious.
It's September & fall is in the air. The days are starting to get cooler and the nights are perfect for leaving your windows open. Autumn is my favorite season; it always has been. Halloween has always been my favorite holiday. In fact, I dread the summer heat and I much prefer the cool weather of autumn and even the cold weather of winter.
Paging all coffee addicts. Can I have you attention please?
I love all things coffee flavored. This includes, but is not limited to, my morning cup of coffee, coffee yogurt, coffee scented candles, and now, coffee smoothies. One thing to remember with smoothies, regardless of if they contain coffee, is that you can only use them as a meal if they contain a good source of most of the food groups. With that being said, this smoothie recipe contains the grain, fruit, and dairy group. It only contains a small amount of protein, so I would recommend pairing this with a hard boiled egg if you are using it as a breakfast.
Have you seen that image floating around Facebook talking about the McDonald's Shamrock Shake? Apparently the small Shamrock Shake has 73 grams of sugar, and honestly, that's kind of ridiculous. The American Diabetes Association recommends limiting added sugar intake to 40 grams per day. Typically, I challenge people a bit more and tell them to stay under 25 grams of added sugar per day.
Have you heard about the benefits of turmeric yet? I feel like it's popping up everywhere--and for good reason. Turmeric is a component of curry and it gives it the bright yellow color it's known for. Turmeric has been used for thousands of years to treat different ailments. It's been studied in cancer research, arthritis, GI health, and more! Of course, as with most research, the majority of the research has been done in test tubes and on animals; so take this with a grain of salt. Turmeric (and it's antioxidant compound, curcumin) has the ability to stimulate the gallbladder to produce bile, which, may help improve digestion. It might be completely psychological for me, but when I have an upset stomach or feel nauseous, this is my go to drink. Unless I have Canada Dry available; thanks, mom, for getting me hooked on that when I was a child with the flu.