I’m not your typical smoothie-for-breakfast kind of person. I prefer heartier, sit-down-and-chew kind of starts to my day. A drinkable breakfast barely gets me through to shower-time let alone sustaining me until lunch.
However not so long ago I was introduced to a halfway point; the smoothie bowl. Make a thick smoothie, chuck it in a bowl, sprinkle toppings over top, throw in a spoon – suddenly I feel like a kid back at the ice cream sundae bar; keen to get stuck in and enjoy my creation!
The thickness and toppings suddenly turn this drink into a chewable meal, one to sit down with, chat over, and fill that empty tum in a lasting way.
This particular smoothie concoction developed through our winter to help ward off those nasty abounding bugs, and keep our systems humming. Citruses, turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, and coconut are fantastic anti-inflammatory and immune boosting ingredients – doing your body a world of good!
Here they all combine to a delicious, fresh, tropical kind of flavour loved by all our wee family – particularly Miss Three who just can’t get enough of it and delights in taking charge of all our toppings.
P.S Try your best to use fresh turmeric – it’s a total winner in this smoothie. You’re most likely to find it in any whole food store or fruit & veggie shop (we’ve personally been LOVING the gorgeous plump turmeric from our new local organics store Be Organics) but if you simply can’t source any then a good tsp of the dried can be subbed in instead.
Anti-inflammatory Smoothie Bowl (serves 3)
1 large banana
1 orange, skin removed
1 lemon, skin removed
5cm knob of fresh turmeric, peeled
3-5cm knob of fresh ginger, peeled
1/2 large or 1 small/medium carrot
1 tsp ground cinnamon
pinch black pepper
1/2-3/4 cup full-fat coconut milk (or almond milk) – add more to help blending if necessary
1/2 cup pureed pumpkin – optional (I often add in mine straight from the freezer)
1 cup ice cubes
Add all the ingredients to a high-speed blender. Blitz on high until you have a smooth, thick consistency. If it’s not blending easily then add a little extra coconut milk or water.
Top with desired toppings and savour the deliciousness!