Health Coaching Recipe: An Anti-Inflammatory Coffee Smoothie
Are you one to enjoy a cup (or cups) of coffee in the morning? A traditional cup of joe is great, but sometimes it can be fun to switch up your routine and add variety—one of the reasons our health coaches recommend trying this recipe. This Chocolate Banana Coffee Smoothie provides the same boost of alertness, plus inflammation-fighting antioxidants and a hint of natural sweetness to satisfy the sweet tooth.
This smoothie can be a fun way to get your morning caffeine fix, but it can also serve as pre- or post-workout fuel for the early exercise crowd. It features a banana for easy-to-digest energy along with potassium and magnesium to reduce post-workout muscle cramping. The “superfood” turmeric helps to prevent inflammation in the body, aiding in muscle recovery. Have you ever heard of athletes hoarding mustard packets? They do so because turmeric is a main ingredient in mustard! (Don’t worry, your smoothie won’t taste like mustard.)
Some of you may be thinking: “I am not a morning person. There is no way I’m fitting this into my 10-minute morning routine.” Luckily, this recipe takes only one step to prepare. Simply process all the ingredients listed below in a blender! If you are really pressed for time, you could even prepare the smoothie the night before, and store it in the freezer overnight. Allow it to thaw in the morning on your way to work. Combine this smoothie with a protein-rich breakfast to stay satisfied and focused until lunch.
Chocolate Banana Coffee Smoothie with Turmeric
- ½ cup cold brew coffee (made the night before and chilled, or pre-made)
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- ½ teaspoon ground turmeric
- 1 banana (fresh or frozen)
- ½ cup milk of choice
- Place all ingredients into a blender, and blend until frothy.
Recipe adapted from and photo courtesy of Today