This post couldn’t come at a better time. It’s late January and the Northeast was just hit with a baby blizzard, bringing freezing temperatures, strong winds and dumping nearly a foot of snow right on us. So, if you feel like you might be in need of a little healing, this smoothie might just do the trick!
I love VANILLA! It’s my absolute favorite of all spices! Whenever I see those tiny little black specks, I get like a kid in a candy store!
Considering how much I love it, I don’t know why I don’t use it more often when I cook or bake. The other day I decided I would break out the vanilla pod and add some seeds into my smoothie (along with some other warm spices) and BA-BAAM! A totally delicious and soothing little treat!
If you’ve been searching recipes online these days, you’ll most certainly find one with cardamom. It’s the new “it” spice. I’m sure I’ve tasted it in dishes before, but I wasn’t completley able to identify or describe it’s flavor until I experimented with it recently.
Cardamom is warm, earthy, herbal, slightly “cinnamon-y”, and goes well with both sweet and savory flavors. It has many health benefits that include aiding digestion. In many parts of Asia they use cardamom to fight diseases of the mouth and throat as well as for cancer prevention. I combined the flavors of vanilla and cardamom with a bit of cinnamon and turmeric which gives this smoothie the richest, most magnificent flavor. Some studies have shown that cinnamon and turmeric may also help reduce inflammation.
The aroma of the vanilla and spices will certainly perk up your senses, leaving you feeling warm and nourished inside. Cheers guys!
As always, check with your health care provider, if you have any specific medical conditions that may interfere with the use of these ingredients.
* Slice open vanilla bean working from the top of the bean and sliding the knife down to the bottom of the bean. Slide a small spoon down the center of the bean to scoop out the vanilla seeds. You could also substitute 1/2 tsp vanilla extract if you can’t find vanilla beans. Use less or more vanilla depending on the intensity of the flavor you prefer.
- ½ cup spinach
- 1 small banana
- ¾ cup unsweetened almond milk
- ¼ cup unsalted walnuts
- seeds from 1 vanilla bean (*see note)
- ¼ tsp agave nectar **optional
- ¼ tsp ground cardamom
- ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
- ¼ tsp turmeric
- handful of ice
- Put all ingredients into a high powered blender.
- Blend to combine.
- Serve cold.