When it comes to food, it’s all about opportunity cost. The way I see it is that whether something we choose to eat or drink is good for us should not be viewed on an absolute basis but in relation to what we would have picked instead. So for example, eating non-organic berries is better than not eating berries at all. Also, drinking a freshly-pressed orange juice is not as good as eating an orange but better than drinking a fanta. One great example of this are smoothies which can be a great complement to breakfasts. Smoothies are generally a good idea but often packed with sugars and come in multiples of their serving sizes. On the other hand, many smoothies contain great ingredients like fresh fruits, organic diary, nut butters and spices. Take this week’s Turmeric Banana Smoothie. It looks great, it tastes great and is, once again, whipped up in no time. Let me know what you think.
We have written about turmeric and its benefits before. It is known to be a natural anti-inflammatory, a natural antibiotic and antiseptic, a blood purifier, a natural skin tonic, lowers cholesterol and helps stomach ulcers. To be precise, a lot of these benefits have only been shown in small-scale studies on humans or mice, but they are looking promising on many levels. And because our Western diet isn’t rich in many spices used in Eastern food, I’m a strong believer that adding foods containing turmeric (as well as cumin, saffron, curry, cardamom etc.) are beneficial to our bodies as they contain nutrients we usually don’t have access to. One thing I learned is that turmeric has a higher bioavailability when it is digested along with some freshly ground pepper, so always include a sprinkle of it when you use turmeric.
My Turmeric Banana Smoothie is a great way to add a pinch of health to your breakfast. Is it the perfect drink of all times? Probably not but it beats other options like a drinkable yogurt packed with sugars. And it tastes super delicious. Give it a try and let us know what you think! Come and cook with us!