This is a smoothie I’ve been enjoying a lot lately. The combination of sweet pineapple with spicy ginger and cayenne pepper is really delicious, but it’s also a perfect way to start off the new year.
The ingredients in this smoothie help flush away toxins and restore the natural balance of your body, which can be helpful after the holidays. If you had one too many sugar cookies at Christmas, one too many stressful dinners with the in-laws, and one too many drinks last night on New Year’s Eve, this is the smoothie to help get your body back on track in the new year. Here’s why:
- Lemon – Alkalizing, lowers your body’s pH after consuming too much acidic food/drinks. Detoxifying, releases enzymes that convert toxins into a water-soluble form that helps your body remove them.
- Pineapple – High in an enzyme known as bromelain, which aids digestion and reduces inflammation.
- Ginger – Ginger spikes your metabolism, flushes out waste, aids liver function, and improves digestion.
- Cayenne – Used alongside lemon and maple syrup in those crazy “master cleanse” systems, the capsaicin stimulates the circulatory system, opens capillaries, aids digestion, and helps regulate blood sugar.
- In addition, I’ve also added optional flaxseeds for extra fiber and omega-3’s, as well as maca powder which is one of the few “superfoods” that I’ve actually found to work – it replenishes the adrenals after physical or emotional stress – both of which are highly likely after partying and spending time with extended family 😉
Makes 1 giant smoothie
- 1+ cup water
- 1 banana (ideally frozen)
- 1 cup pineapple chunks
- 1 tablespoon fresh ginger
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1-2 dashes cayenne pepper
- 1 tablespoon flaxseed (optional)
- 1 teaspoon maca powder (optional)
I always hate posting smoothie recipes because their steps are typically as simple as “throw everything in the blender and turn it on.” Nevertheless, I’ll do my best to make the process for this recipe sound much more in-depth than it really is:
Reserve 2 tablespoons of pineapple, diced, for a garnish. Ideally, start with frozen banana and frozen pineapple chunks. You can use fresh banana or pineapple, but the texture won’t be quite as creamy as if frozen.
“Throw everything in the blender and turn it on.” 🙂 Start with 1 cup of water and add a little more if the smoothie is too thick.
Pour the smoothie into a glass and top with the diced pineapple and a few pinches of cayenne pepper.
Happy New Year!