Strength to Rise Smoothie

On days when it is challenging to get out of bed, no matter the reason, we can sometimes use a little support. All of us at some point will have days, weeks, or months like this. Mornings when our bodies feel too heavy to motivate, a weight too much to muster. Sometimes the start to the day can feel less like a start and more like a race—a race for which we are not quite ready for.

if you were born with the weakness to fall, you were born with the strength to rise. —rupi kaur

Yes, we will have days like this. And yet, we also have allies to help us get through. Whether they be family, friend, or food. Today I’m sharing a smoothie recipe with ingredients inspired by the healing warmth of the sun. Its purpose is to provide love and light on those particularly tough days.DSC_0610DSC_0613DSC_0615I N G R E D I E N T S:

  • 2 whole carrots
  • 1 whole medium-large orange
  • 1 lemon wedge
  • 1 wedge ginger root
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp Maca powder
  • 1 ½ cup coconut water

T O O L S:

  • High-speed blender
  • 1 paring knife or vegetable peeler
  • Kitchen knife
  • Cutting board

D I R E C T I O N S:

Let’s start with the carrots, orange, and lemon. Depending on where you get your produce, you may choose to peel it first. Personally, I like to leave mine on since the skin of *most veggies is safe to eat, and provides an added source of fiber. That being said, feel free to peel your carrots if that’s your jam using the paring knife or peeler. Cut your carrot(s) into ½ to 1 inch chunks to make blending process a bit easier. Next, peel your orange and cut (or gently separate) into wedges and add to blender. Either squeeze lemon juice from the wedge, or add the full piece to blender.

Once the carrots, orange, and lemon are in the blender, add turmeric, black pepper, and Maca powder. The last step before blending is to add your ginger and coconut water. When a smoothie recipes calls for ginger, I like to taste the warmth and spice of the root. That means I usually include a good size piece. You can always add a smaller portion if you prefer. As far as the coconut water, I like to add 1 cup at a time that way I can gauge the liquid to bulk ratio. Depending on your blender (age, model, etc.) your smoothie might end up too thin if you add all the liquid at once. Adding the coconut water little by little will get you to the right consistency. Final step is to blend all ingredients until smooth.

A quick note here on the energetics of this recipe. Most smoothies are commonly made with ingredients that have either been refrigerated, or frozen. While a cold or chilled smoothie can be refreshing on a hot day, it can also be taxing on the digestive system. I honestly prefer most beverages at room temperature, including smoothies. Drinking your smoothie this way might take a few attempts to get used to, but if you do have issues with slow or impaired digestion, it could also be beneficial. If you decide to try this smoothie either cool or at room temperature let me know what you think!

*Hints:

There are a couple of additions to consider. Try a pinch of Himalayan salt for bonus electrolytes, especially if you’re feeling fatigue, thirst, or irritability. You could also add chunks of mango for a heightened sweet and sensual experience.

The orange color of this smoothie will awaken your eyes, and insides as well ;) Carrots promote immunity. Oranges and turmeric benefit the digestive system, and boast valuable anti-inflammatory protection. Lemon acts as an astringent for body fluids to support circulation, protecting and cleansing the blood, while aiding in the absorption of minerals. Ginger and black pepper provide warmth for the body, and benefit digestion. Maca works to increase mental and physical endurance. The coconut water, acting as a medium, unites all the ingredients together providing added hydration.

Utilize the benefits of this smoothie as a salve for sadness, a balm for a hard day, or as an ointment for an upcoming challenge. May it serve and strengthen you.

In solidarity,


Resources

  1. How the Quality of What you Eat Affects You on a Deeper Level via Wellness Today
  2. Ingredient List Infographic via Kreation Juice
  3. Why You Shouldn’t Peel (Most) of Your Vegetables via The Kitchn
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