Wellness Wire
Sunday, March 31, 2013

Recipe: The Sunshine Booster Smoothie

Sunshine Smoothie recipe with pineapple, turmeric and ginger

The trifecta of inflammation-fighters in the Sunshine Booster Smoothie include pineapple, turmeric, and ginger.  (Photo: Jennifer Kass)

Come April, we’ve never craved sunshine so much. And we’ve just found it in a glass. This spicy-sweet smoothie recipe is layered with dynamic flavors, playing between a Pina Colada and a turmeric-ginger juice. Here’s why we’ll be sipping it all month long:

The star ingredient, pineapple, is one of the top fruits used in juice cleanses for its detox benefits. That’s because it contains the enzyme bromelain, which aids in digestion and lowers inflammation. (Bromelain is also a great skin-care exfoliant—it’s used in this great mask—and has even been researched as an anti-cancer agent.)

Turmeric has become a trendy ingredient, and not just in your curry. More than 20 current studies on its anti-inflammatory benefits make it worth sipping. (It might lend you a helping hand with allergy symptoms, skin issues like psoriasis, and even shedding a few pounds, since excess weight is also inflammation.)

Ginger makes this smoothie sublime and lends a super-dose of anti-inflammatory properties and a circulation-boosting buzz just in time for the new active energy that spring ushers in. Coconut water adds electrolytes for an extra punch of hydration and a hint of sweetness. —Jennifer Kass

The Sunshine Booster Smoothie

Blend and enjoy!

1 cup frozen pineapple
1 cup coconut water
1 inch fresh ginger
1/4 tsp turmeric
Top with a squeeze of lime

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