“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” – Hippocrates
First, we need to talk about Ginger. Let’s talk first about how ginger is proving 10,000 times stronger than chemo in some cancer research and how it can attach to and fight cancer stem cells. If that’s not enough to make you want to include this super food in your daily routine, I could also tell you that is proven to reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and can help cure digestive upsets and has long been prized in eastern cultures for its health benefits including soothing stomach upsets, nausea and pain. It seems that western culture could learn a thing or two.
Pears. After suffering the beginning effects of heat exhaustion last week in Phoenix’s 118 degree heat, I began researching more hydrating foods to incorporate into my diet. Watermelon was a given for its high water content, but as it turns out, pears are a powerful warrior in the fight with dehydration. They have numerous hidden powers and are full of antioxidants! I admit that I’d nearly forgotten about pears, as they always seemed to be shoved aside in the fruit aisle next to the apples, peaches and grapes. Now, along with the ginger, I will be looking for more ways to incorporate these powerful foods into my diet.
Lastly, blueberries, the cancer-fighting brain food that we all knew were good for us, make up the rest of the majority of this smoothie recipe. If you’re not already sold on these little beauties in your diet, “the Journal of Biochemical and Molecular Toxicology published a study evaluating the anticancer effects gallic acid has on breast cancer cells. Like countless studies before, researchers discovered that blueberries and gallic acid slow and even destroy breast cancer” (DrAxe.com). I buy both frozen and fresh blueberries to keep on hand for my smoothies.
As you can imagine, this morning kick packs a powerful punch and loads you with with plenty of energy to start your day. It’s also one of the best tasting smoothie recipes I’ve come across, and yet, for possibly the first time ever, I omitted the banana. Leaving the banana out of this one keeps the smoothie from having an odd creamy texture that clashes with the texture of the pear. So just for this one, I’ll leave out the banana.
Just drop the following ingredients into your blender (have I mentioned I love the Magic Bullet? It chops right through the ginger), blend, drink, et voilà!
- 1 cup Greek or Bulgarian yogurt
- 1/2 cup almond milk
- 1/4 cup kefir (strawberry, plain or blueberry work well)
- 1/4 knob* of ginger (you can add more or less to your taste)
- 1 Tbsp raw honey
- 1 pear, quartered and seeded
- 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries (if using fresh, you may want to add some ice cubes when you blend)
Yeild: 1 smoothie
* a knob is just one tiny piece of the large piece of ginger pictured above
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