Now that the weather’s getting cooler, we want to make sure we are nourishing our digestive system and immune system with “warming” foods, meaning foods that heat us up from the inside, instead of cool us down. If you aren’t ready to let go of your refreshing morning smoothie, you can add warming spices to help balance it out, and keep you on that smoothie kick!
Here are a few of my favourite ways to add more warmth into a smoothie!
Cinnamon is a great spice to use in your morning smoothie as it helps to balance blood glucose levels. This warming spice also has antioxidant properties, which help to increase immunity. Add half of a teaspoon to your smoothie, and you will be sure to love how complementing it tastes.
Another great fall friendly spice is ginger. This spice is great for things like supporting digestion all the way to boosting the metabolism. Ginger also brings heat to the body, so it is recommended in the wintry months to keep you from feeling cold. By adding just half a teaspoon of ginger to your smoothies, you can also increase the absorption of each nutrient already in the mix.
I’m sure by now, most of us have heard of turmeric lattes, and how delicious they taste. But, did you know that turmeric is also a super food? The amount of beneficial properties that turmeric has to offer is absolutely incredible. It is especially anti-inflammatory and a great antioxidant for boosting the immune system, making it a fall must-have.
If you haven’t tried making a smoothie with these ingredients, I high recommend it! You will fall for the perfect amount of warmth these spices provide.
Here’s a delicious autumn recipes if you’re thinking of giving all three a try:
Warming Autumn Smoothie
1 handful of spinach
1 tbps hemp hearts
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 tbsp honey (optional)
½ tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp turmeric
¼ tsp fresh ginger
1 cup water
½ cup unsweetened almond milk
- Add all ingredients into a high-speed blender and mix until desired consistency is achieved.
Feel free to add in any other ingredients like frozen fruit, nut butters, ground flax, etc.