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Long-time Still Point guest and personal chef, Monica Thomas, shares this delicious recipe that energizes and fights inflammation.

The back story on The Sunshine Shake:

"I was on a trip to Iceland recently and I stopped at a funky coffee shop inside a repurposed school bus on the south coast. The owner of the shop was frothing warm golden milk and I was thinking about how to make it a cold drink (once I got back home), I wanted to make it with a natural sweetener that wasn’t honey or syrup so I threw in frozen banana to thicken and sweeten the coconut mixture of my own blend. I immediately wrote to Tori to tell her it should be in her truck [The Green Rooster]. It’s more of a milkshake than a smoothie and it reminds me of eggnog in consistency."

Turmeric Sunshine Shake
Serves 2

For the Spice Blend

  • 2 tablespoons ground turmeric
  • 1 ½ tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • ¾ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

For the Shake

1 can coconut milk (I use full-fat)

1 frozen banana (in chunks)

Mix all spice blend ingredients together in a small jar. Seal tightly and shake well to combine thoroughly. This is more than you need for this recipe. Store the remainder for the future.

Measure 2 teaspoons of the spice blend into the bottom of a blender container. Add the coconut milk and blend to ensure the spices are suspended throughout the coconut milk. 

Turn off the blender and add the chunks of frozen banana. Starting on low and moving up to highest speed, blend until the banana is fully incorporated. 

Pour into glasses and enjoy!

Benefits of Turmeric

From Everyday Health

Curcumin is a natural antioxidant that has anti-inflammatory benefits, as well as [possible] benefits related to slowing the aging process and preventing Alzheimer's disease and potentially depression,” says San Diego, California–based Elizabeth Ann Shaw, RDN, owner of Shaw’s Simple Swaps Consulting.   

  • Turmeric with black pepper unlocks these benefits and enhances the absorption of curcuma by 2000%
  • Curcumin is an anti-inflammatory 
  • Curcumin may protect against heart disease 
  • Curcumin may help ease symptoms of osteoarthritis
  • Turmeric may help delay or reverse Alzheimer’s Disease

Read the full article on Everyday Health.


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