If you’ve spent any length of time on Instagram, you’ve heard of Earthy Andy. She lives in Hawaii with her husband and 2 adorable kids and they eat a high-raw, plant-based diet (meaning LOTS of fresh, raw fruits and veggies). She has healed herself and her children from severe digestive issues, eczema, and asthma using whole plant foods. Just scrolling through her feed can make anyone long to pack their bags, catch a flight to the islands, and never look back.
Except, that isn’t realistic for everyone (like my family that has businesses rooted in North Texas). So, in order to bring a little tropical flavor into my land-locked life, I decided to make one of her famous fruity treats. This Golden Mango Smoothie Bowl is sweet, creamy, and has an unexpected spicy undertone thanks to the addition of turmeric. You know, the spice that makes curry yellow. Why add turmeric to nice cream, you may ask?
Turmeric: High in a compounded called curcumin, turmeric boasts some very impressive heath benefits. Studies have shown curcumin to have a well-documented role in detoxification leading to reduced cancer risks. Turmeric used in food can help regulate the levels of triglycerides in the blood after a meal. Improved cognitive function, improved digestion, decreased inflammation, and improved blood pressure regulation are just a few of the many benefits of including turmeric in your diet.
One important note; black pepper enhances the bioavailability of turmeric by 2000%. ALWAYS add black pepper to recipes including turmeric. Turmeric can also be easily absorbed directly into the bloodstream when it is eaten with a small amount of healthy fat, hence why we are adding shredded coconut to our smoothie bowl (though hemp hearts would be a great source of plant fat too)!
Golden Mango Smoothie Bowl
via Earthy Andy
- 2 frozen bananas, sliced
- 1 cup frozen mango chunks (I used fresh because that’s what I had, but frozen gives a better texture and color)
- 1 tsp organic turmeric (you may use less if you’re new to turmeric)
- Optional Toppings: shredded coconut, black pepper, rawnola, fresh or frozen berries, sliced banana, hemp hearts, etc.
- Place all of the ingredients into your blender or food processor and blend well until a smooth, soft-serve ice cream texture is reached, stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl if necessary. If you do not have a high-powered blender, you may need to add a little liquid (plant milk or water) to get the blender going. I used the food processor attachment on my Ninja and the whole process took about 90 seconds!
- Top with desired toppings (black pepper and a plant fat are non-negotiable!) and serve immediately. Serves 1 as a light breakfast/lunch or 2 as a snack.
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