“Food as Medicine sounds like a nebulous idea, rather than a solution” writes The Gantzery, where this recipe was originally posted. And I think the author is right – not all Americans are on board with treating food as curative or preventative medicine.
The author goes on to write that he grew up calling Ibuprofen “Vitamin I” and, although he or she has since changed his or her ways, it’s still clear that there is miscommunication on the “Food as Medicine” debate.
If you’re stiff or sore after exercising or just a long day, pills and meds just mask the problem and often they act to quiet what could be a symptom of a much larger issue.
Smooth It Out
Easily fatigued? Those caffeine supplements may help you feel more energized, but the fatigue could be an early sign of cancer, thyroid malfunction, or a number of other issues. Muscles spasming and hurting? Those who take multivitamins may not be getting the protein they need. Or perhaps it’s hydration their body is looking for and instead is giving some medicine for your over-worked liver to handle.
Over course our bodies work as a system – the stomach will break-down food, the liver will filter out the nasty stuff, the heart pumps the blood that carries nutrients (vitamins and minerals) to the important large organs (brain, eyes, skin, lungs, etc…)
If you eat well and get regular exercise, sleep, and relaxation, your body is likely performing well. But sometimes you’re hit with a long day, or excessive strenuous activities, or just something that makes your legs feel wobbly or that you can’t raise your arms past your head.
Nectarine Smoothie with Ginger and Turmeric
Stone fruits like nectarines, dates, and peaches are very good for you. A good source of vitamin A, collagen producing vitamin C, bone strengthening vitamin K, and with enough fiber to keep you regular, the stone fruit used in this blend will be nectarines.
And all you need is a blender!
- 12 oz cashew milk (or any other nut milk)
- Zest of 1 lemon
- 1 tsp ground turmeric
- 2 tsp rose hip powder
- 1-2 tsp fresh ginger, grated
- 1 Tbsp flaxseeds (use ground flaxseeds if you don’t have a powerful blender)
- 2 Tbsp nut butter (we used cashew)
- 1 large nectarine (or peach)
- 1-2 carrots (100g), chopped into small pieces
- 1 small frozen banana (125g), chopped into smaller pieces
Add ingredients to blender and blend until smooth.
Length will depend on speed and power of your blender.