Anti-inflammatory, healing, and packed with antioxidants, turmeric was the most buzzed about superfood in 2017. While we’re not giving up our daily golden milk lattes (or these turmeric chocolate energy bites) just yet, we are making room in our supplement stash, and morning smoothies, for moringa. This moringa smoothie recipe combines anti-inflammatory properties with nutritional benefits for a big impact.
The world’s most useful tree Moringa oleifera, a tree native to the foothills of the Himalayas in northwestern India, has been used for centuries to treat and prevent diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, and digestive disorders. In fact, scientists have referred to moringa as “the world’s most useful tree.” While nearly all parts of the tree are used in traditional herbal medicine, it’s easiest to find the leaves of the moringa plant, which are ground into a green powder that tastes like tea.
Moringa boasts twice the protein of spinach and three times as much iron, as well as significant amounts of vitamins A, C, and E, calcium, and potassium. It’s touted as an even more powerful anti-inflammatory agent than turmeric, suppressing particular enzymes and proteins known to cause inflammation in the body. High in antioxidants, moringa is also effective at protecting against free radicals that cause cell damage and fighting fungal and bacterial infections.
The mild, likable flavor of moringa makes it perfect for blending into smoothies. Here, we’ve combined the super-green with peaches, ginger, spinach, and avocado for a nutrient-dense morning meal. Two scoops of Clean Vanilla Daily Shake add an extra boost of vitamins, minerals, and protein, while almond milk yogurt introduces a fresh supply of friendly bacteria to the gut. Don’t be afraid to add a scoop of Greens to take it to the next level!
5 oz. almond milk yogurt
2 cups frozen peach slices
2 inches fresh ginger, sliced
1 cup filtered water
1/8 tsp. vanilla extract
¼ tsp. coconut palm syrup
2 Tbsp. Nourish
2 cups baby spinach
2 scoops Clean Vanilla Daily Shake or Cleanse Shake packet
¼ avocado, sliced
Ice cubes (optional)
Prep and measure the almond milk yogurt, frozen peaches, fresh ginger, water, vanilla extract, coconut palm syrup, moringa powder, baby spinach, Daily Shake, avocado, and ice cubes, if using.
Combine all of the ingredients in a blender and blend on high until completely smooth. Adjust flavors to taste.
Pour the smoothie into two glasses and garnish with a peach slice.
Recipe and photography by Kate Kasbee
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