Kitchen Lab: Turmeric Smoothie

It has been about two years since I realized TUR-mur-ic is not pronounced TOO-mur-ic. Which reminds me of one of my favorite comedy bits of 2015.  Worth every second of your time, I swear.

Speaking of every second of your time, did you (or do you) watch The Walking Dead? My husband has been binge watching every night. We have a huge tv (if you asked my ten year-old self, regular sized if you ask my 38 year-old self) and this tv is smack to the left of our table where I blog and do serious work on Twitter and even more serious work playing Best Fiends.  

Each night he watches, I have to arrange the left side of my hair to stick out from my giant headphones in just the perfect way, to prevent my eyes from any zombie carnage and ears from hearing brain crunching. I can’t handle that stuff. But, TWD is also a drama. Did you know this? So, I can’t help but occasionally hear something compelling or peek at a longing glance someone is giving. 

Well, two nights ago I got a little cocky with my peeking and saw the thing which I had been avoiding all along. A gang of zombies started pulling apart a lone man, with their zombie teeth! I’m not sure if I saw an eye being pulled out, but I think I did. This mans face was stretched and pulled and GAAAH! It looked like silly putty. 

There was really no point to that story except to recruit others into my gang of scared people. If a zombie apocalypse really does begin, don’t look for me. I can’t handle that kind of pressure, I get nervous during a game of tag. I always answer the question of “How long will you last the zombie apocalypse?” with this scenario…

Me: “Uh oh, looks like zom…” 

For those of you who DO want to survive the zombie invasion, ready yourself now with this next ingredient in the Kitchen Lab Series, Turmeric!

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Go check out p.s. it’s healthy, what a great site!

I know the infographic tells me to pickle it, but uh, that ain’t happening. My friend Kirsten has shared this butt kicking bowl of Turmeric soup with coconut milk and shrimp, perfect for this time of year. I’ll have to ask her for it and share with you. 

While I don’t super love drinking smoothies in the winter, I’m adding this one to my regular rotation. A local vegan cafe calls it something like The Golden Warrior Monkey, which I don’t know how I feel about. There is much about a monkey that I find appetizing. Maybe a Golden State Warrior smoothie, unless I get sued, then I won’t call it that either. For now, I give you…Turmeric Smoothie. 

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Turmeric Smoothie
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Ingredients
  1. 2 very ripe bananas (frozen)
  2. 1/2 c. coconut milk (canned preferably)
  3. 1 T. Turmeric
  4. 1 T. coconut sugar (can omit if bananas are ripe enough)
  5. 1 t. ground cardamom
Instructions
  1. Stick it all in the most powerful blender you've got! Careful with the cardamom, it's powerful!
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Happy January my friends, stay healthy and watch out for zombies. 

 

 

 

Bowl O’ Vitality

We have a few wonderful eateries in my hood. Two of my favorite have two of the worst names ever given to restaurants. The dessert bowl I made yesterday was inspired by Vitality Bowl, a healthy, yet caloric cafe, which offers a menu full of freshly created antioxidant bites for more than I want to pay.

The other restaurant I’m talking about is Fresh Millions.

Fresh Millions offers a complete selection of lunch or dinner entrees including specialty and made-to-order gourmet salads with a variety of healthy mix-ins, savory made-to-order hot bowls, hearty soups, and grilled paninis.

While there won’t be any awards handed out for best named restaurant, I do have to give some props to these places for offering simple, real food, quickly made. Why can’t I do that at home? Oh yeah, I can!

 

This bowl is full of healthy ingredients, sure. I wouldn’t be adding it to your Weight Watcher’s meal plan anytime soon, though. ┬áThere are no real specifics, just tips and tricks to make an ice cream like consistency out of frozen fruit. I originally figured Vitality Bowls just offered smoothies and toppings for $11 a pop. To their credit, there is much more involved.

To make a creamy base:

Blend frozen fruit – Frozen bananas make the best base for a creamy bowl. Fill the blender with a variety but keep berries with berries and tropical or citrus together. ┬áVitality Bowl uses a lot of frozen acai berries, but any type of fruit really works fine.

Add your liquids: You’ll want two types of liquids to create your base and coconut milk works best for one. The other can be a juice, chocolate almond milk or anything your giant heart desires.

Healthy stuff: They sky is the limit, er, your taste buds are the limit when adding good stuff like chia or flax seed, bee pollen or vitamin boosts.

 

Toppings are a matter of what you have at home. The more, the merrier. I used the Costco energy nut mix in the bowl above.

Try:

  • Dark chocolate chips
  • banana slices
  • strawberries
  • shredded coconut
  • peanut or other nut butters
  • honey
  • granola
  • dried fruit or veggies

Again, not super science here. Is there such a thing as super science? I think I would have enjoyed that more than regular science. I’m excited to have some rain falling outside today. I can experiment with my giant jar of virgin coconut oil sent to my by Tropical Traditions. I will give you all the run down once these kids stop pestering me and let me write. So, shall we say, in 20 years?

Quick laugh before my baking begins…