This bright and refreshing peach ginger smoothie can help to clear away your case of the (sleep-deprived) Mondays, or any feeling of sluggishness not caused by an arbitrary change in the hour. The sweetness of the peaches and banana here are perfectly balanced by the spicy basil, turmeric, ginger (tip: freezing ginger root makes grating it super-easy and mess-free, and keeps the ginger itself crisper, rather than liquidy or mushy, in the smoothie), and citrus zest. Hemp seeds, maca, and almond butter and milk add a hearty but not heavy boost of protein, even as the turmeric acts as an anti-inflammatory and detoxifier (read: no more under-eye bags).
So even if it’s still coat-and-scarf weather where you are as we groggily change our clocks to “start” spring, this smoothie will remind you of the brighter, warmer, and ultimately longer days just around the corner–or even the one that’s just begun!
Peach Ginger Smoothie
- 1 cup frozen peaches, cut in chunks
- 1 small banana, or 1/2 large
- 1 tablespoon grated (frozen) ginger root
- 1/2 cup almond milk
- 1 tablespoon hemp seeds
- 1 teaspoon maca powder
- 1 tablesoon grapefruit zest
- 5-6 fresh basil leaves (whole or coarsely chopped)
- 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
- 1 teaspoon raw sweetener of your choice (if desired)
- 1 teaspoon almond butter
Add all ingredients to blender or food processor, and blend until smooth and creamy. Then get out the door feeling refreshed and rejuvenated!
Also by Jennifer: Vegan Blueberry Citrus Quinoa Pilaf
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