Dark leafy greens are often the first foods that come to mind when we think of “biggest bang for your buck” in terms of anti-inflammatory benefits. While this is true, we often forget about the yellows and the oranges that also provide amazing benefits. I love this Golden Beet Smoothie, because it uses some of those ingredients.
The combination of these anti-inflammatory ingredients results in a smoothie that is a rich, golden color and incredibly refreshing post-workout. Whip this smoothie up as soon as you get back from a workout for maximum benefits, and then make the Curried Fried Rice recipe below for your next meal.
Serves 2 | Prep time: 5 minutes
1 cup frozen mango
1 orange, peeled and segmented
1 small golden beet, peeled and cut into 1” pieces
1 medium carrot, cut into 1” pieces
2 tablespoons hemp seeds
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
1 cup coconut water
1/2 cup ice
Prep the ingredients for this Curried Fried Rice ahead of time and this recipe comes together in a quick 15 minutes. It freezes well, so if you make a batch after a workout and have leftovers, portion them into individual servings and freeze for a meal that can be re-heated quickly. In addition to some of the anti-inflammatory ingredients used in the Golden Beet Smoothie, this recipe contains a few extras.
Serves 4 | Prep time: 20 minutes | Cook time: 15 minutes
1 tablespoon cooking oil or ghee
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
3 green onions, sliced, white and green parts separated
1 small head broccoli, florets roughly chopped
2 small carrots, chopped
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup cashews
1 tablespoon + 2 teaspoons curry powder, divided
3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
3-4 cups cooked and cooled brown rice (made from 1 cup raw rice)
1 (15-ounce) can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
2 cups spinach, roughly chopped
Hot sauce, plain yogurt, and/or lemon juice, for serving (optional)
Note: frozen broccoli and carrots would also work in this recipe. Simply sauté them in step 3 until heated through. Also, to make the ginger easy to grate, peel and freeze it first.
Adapted from The World's Healthiest Foods at whfoods.com
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