The days are getting shorter and temperatures are dropping. This is great for a lot of reasons—cozy sweaters and snuggles by the fire to name a few--but it also means cold and flu season is on the horizon. We don’t like to miss a beat—we’ve got crickets to raise and trails to hike and kids to chase so we do what we can to keep ourselves off the sidelines.
To boost our immune systems and inject a dash of sunshine into our mornings we start blending this smoothie up around the first frost and keep it in the mix during the long Vermont winters. 2 TB of 100% Cricket Protein powder delivers as much protein as two eggs and powers us through the morning, and is delicious together with smooth mango, bright oranges, and tasty turmeric.
Frozen mango is easy to come by (there’s always a big bag of organic mango chunks in our freezer) and turmeric can be found more and more commonly in its whole form at natural markets and coops, and even many grocery stores. In raw applications—like smoothies—fresh turmeric adds brightness and complexity, but if you can’t find it easily near you, dried turmeric can be substituted and is available online—we keep some of Frontier Co-Op’s Organic Ground Turmeric on hand--we use it often for vegetable curries throughout the year--powdered turmeric works well for cooked applications.
Turmeric has long been a prized ingredient in Ayurvedic medicine. It contains powerful anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial compounds and curcumin, the main active ingredient, has been shown to lower the risk of heart disease. Fresh turmeric rhizomes look similar to ginger—and like ginger root, fresh turmeric has a livelier flavor. Select firm rhizomes and avoid dried, soft, or shriveled ones. Store fresh turmeric in the refrigerator in an airtight container for a week or two, or freeze it for several months.
|1 cup almond milk||1/2 inch peeled fresh turmeric (or 1/4-1/2 TB turmeric powder)|
|1 large ripe banana||1 cup frozen mango chunks|
|1 large orange, rind removed||4 TB 100% Cricket Protein Powder|
Add all ingredients to a high-speed blender, and blend for 40-60 seconds, until well combined.