Thank you very much for all your kind comments and for reaching out directly about my last post. It’s never easy to put yourself out there and share the messy, complicated parts of yourself. But, I’m so glad you’re here and allow me to do so. Now on to something lighter, brighter and way more delicious…this ginger turmeric carrot smoothie.
You know how sometimes something will cross your path and then it happens over and over again? It’s sort of like the world is telling you to pay attention, so you do and then you’re amazed by how often you run across that certain thing. For example, I noticed a book a few weeks ago with an octopus on the cover. I didn’t think anything of it.
Then we were at the park and a kid rolled up with a t-shirt on that had an octopus on it.
Then, on our walk we strolled past an awesome graffiti wall with, you guessed it, a big old octopus on it.
This has been going on ever since.
It feels as if everywhere I’ve been lately, the octopus follows. Of course I had to look the symbolism up and found the following:
“[The octopus] is symbolic of agility, grace and flexibility. She is able to slip out of the tightest places, and ambulate as if she is the embodiment of water itself. As a totem, the octopus reminds us to loosen up – relax. She reminds us that we may move towards our goals in unorthodox ways and still achieve the same (if not better) results.
The octopus can detach a limb at will to serve as a distraction against would-be predators. From a totem perspective we could translate this to mean that we ourselves have the ability to cut loose excess baggage in our lives in order to achieve our desire.
Here the octopus asks us: What can we cut loose from our lives to lighten our load? Furthermore, what part of ourselves can we leave behind in order to bring us closer to our highest good? Often these parts serve as distractions (i.e., addictions, TV, unhealthy relationships).” [Source]
Maybe my lovely octopus isn’t supposed to mean anything at all but it goes to show that when you’re awakened to something it’s hard to ignore it.
While my octopus experience (sounds like a band name doesn’t it?) was happening, this same exact thing was manifesting with a certain little orange root…turmeric.
I was on Instagram when someone posted a photo of a turmeric latte. I commented that I often see turmeric root at the store but I never know what to use it for so I never buy it. She encouraged me to give it a try. I ignored her advice but I kid you not, turmeric has shown up almost every day since in some way or another.
I wasn’t about to go out and buy an octopus but turmeric was easy enough, universe you win!
For my first fresh turmeric recipe, I decided to try it in a smoothie. I didn’t want to dilute the vibrant orange color by adding a bunch of berries and such so I found all the orange fruits and veggies in my fridge and freezer, whirled them all up and out came this unbelievably bright ginger turmeric carrot smoothie.
A few thoughts on the recipe itself:
- I originally tried it with grated carrot and the texture was just awful. I recommend carrot juice all the way.
- I prefer Cara Cara oranges and I freshly juiced mine in my juicer but hand juicing would work just fine.
- I grated the ginger and the turmeric with a very fine microplane but you could juice and inch or so of each along with your carrots if you want a super silky smoothie.
- I’m rather fond of the spiciness that the ginger gives but along with the turmeric I imagine it might be a bit earthy for some people, omit the ginger if you’d like.
- I also am still in a pretty major love affair with this smoothie so I added some butternut squash as well. If you’re looking to sweeten this up a bit, feel free to swap in pineapple or more mango in place of the squash.
- I’m not certain how this would taste with powdered turmeric. If you try it please let me know.
I loved it just the way it was but always remember that my recipe is just a starting point.
Do what makes your tastebuds happy.
- 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
- 1 teaspoon freshly grated turmeric
- 1 frozen banana
- ½ cup frozen butternut squash
- ½ cup frozen mango
- ¼ unsweetened almond milk
- ½ cup carrot juice (I used fresh juice made in my juicer but store bought would work just as well)
- ½ cup orange juice (I used fresh juice made in my juicer. If you don't have a juicer, hand squeezing the juice of one large orange would work just as well)
- Finely grate ginger and turmeric using a microplane.
- Place in blender with banana, squash, mango, almond milk, carrot and orange juice.
- Blend until well combine.
- Drink immediately.