There’s been a theme around here lately, besides being low sugar. Can you guess what it is?
Here’s a hint: Almost all the recipes I’ve posted in the last month or so don’t require chewing. The no-churn ice creams, soups and now this potent smoothie.
It turns out my older son experienced a Crohn’s flare and I had jaw surgery, so a liquid diet was the name of the game for at least the past few weeks (for me) and months (for him). Needless to say it’s been a little crazy lately, but things are settling down and healing—for both of us. Whew.
He tried to get control of the Crohn’s flare with diet, including Paleo, SCD and then a liquid diet. No luck. He’s back on Humira, and while it’s only been a few weeks, he’s already feeling better. Unfortunately he had to endure the pain and discomfort that come with a flare during a critical time: college finals. Poor guy—he seems to flare at the worst times.
As for me, I have been wearing braces for almost two years. Long story. I had braces once before but I really needed the surgery to fix things the right way. So I’ve been on a liquid diet for over two weeks now, and I’ll be on a soft-food diet plus liquid diet for another two weeks or so. Initial bone healing takes about 6 to 8 weeks and then another 3 months for full healing. After that my next goal is to get my braces off!
So I’ve been doing a few things to speed up my healing, including smoothies like this golden gem. Turmeric, besides being an anti-inflammatory spice, creates the most beautiful yellow-orange glow in this mix. And I included a few subs for coconut milk but it just seems like turmeric and coconut milk make beautiful partners.
- 1 cup coconut milk
- 2 bananas
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 2 teaspoons ground turmeric
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup or honey (optional)
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 6 ice cubes or more if needed
- Place all the ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth and creamy.
- Enjoy! Store the leftovers in the refrigerator for a few days or freeze into a pop.