Sun-kissed Smoothie

reading time: ca. 1 min





Preparation time: 5 mins
Main ingredients: nut milk, turmeric
difficulty level: easy
makes: 300ml
suitable for: vegan, lactose-free, gluten-free, paleo, raw food, and delicious "even so"

inspired by a recipe from PureRaw

Ingredients

300ml (1 1/4 cups) almond or cashew milk (i'm using homemade almond milk)
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1/4 tsp cinnamon powder
1 tsp shredded coconut
1/2 tsp Maca powder
sweetener to taste (i'm using 1 small banana and a tiny squeeze of agave syrup) 
optional: 3 dandelion flowers + 5 daisy florets (i used those because i loved the idea of using flowers in your smoothie!)
optional: 2 tsp buckwheat groats (i put some in for a little more texture and protein)


Instructions

Place all ingredients in your high speed blender and blend at highest level until the turmeric has dissolved completely, and a light foam on the surface has formed. Garnish with a freshly picked daisy and enjoy!


The Taste:
This smoothie has a rich nutty flavour to it. Slightly, but not overly sweet. The turmeric provides a nice subtle Eastern touch - like a kiss from the Eastern sun :)

The Benefits:
- Daisies have been used in herbal medicine for ages, due to their great bitters and astringent properties, and are still used in homoeopathy for healing wounds and diseases, and as post-surgical care. In form of tea it can be used for treatment of disorders of the gastrointestinal and respiratory tract. Daisy buds and petals can be eaten raw in salads, soups or even sandwiches. Their taste can be described as nutty (when still budding or half-opened) or slightly bitter (when blooming).

- Dandelions are used as an herbal remedy as well, and edible. Both petals and leaves can be consumed raw, the latter making a very bitter but great and healthy addition to your green salads! They contain abundant bitter constituents, vitamins A, C and K, calcium, potassium, protein, and iron. Dandelions have been used in herbal medicine to treat infections, bile and liver problems, and as a diuretic.

- Turmeric is not to everybody's taste, but it's widely used for seasoning and an esteemed natural remedy. Although it's a part of the ginger family, it does not taste as spicy. It has a rather blunt, earthy, very distinct flavour to it (personally, i don't like the taste of turmeric all too much but it really works in this smoothie combination! maybe give it a try, even if you don't like turmeric in general.) Its most popular use is probably as ingredient of curry spice blend. Turmeric will get your gastric juices flowing and has been used traditionally for thousands of years as a remedy for stomach and liver ailments. 

- Maca might not be as common as the other ingredients, but every bit as potent as them. Not only is this South American plant supposed to be an aphrodisiac, but also of very high nutritional value. For medical effects the roots are used to provide hormonal balance. Maca is rich in vitamins C, E and various B vitamins, and also provides plenty of calcium, zinc, iron, magnesium, phosphorous and amino acids. It is recommended to be treated as a supplement, so don't overdose. Half a teaspoon (of the powder) should be enough, up to 1 tablespoon at max.


Wishing you a sunny, daisy day ~



Maisy



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