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Creamy Winter Squash Smoothie with Turmeric and Ginger

We chose acorn squash for this winter smoothie recipe. Hints of turmeric, ginger, walnut, and maple syrup thread through the mellow, sweet flavor of our Creamy Winter Squash smoothie, made ultra-lucious by the addition of coconut milk.


Our squash smoothie brims over with vitamins, minerals, fiber, healthy fats, and antioxidants. This rich, thick smoothie will keep your energy up through even the most hectic holiday season. Drink up, then go check every item off your to-do list. You got this!


One quick tip: if your blender or food processor is not the most powerful, you may want to either steam or roast the squash prior to preparing this smoothie.

Creamy Winter Squash Smoothie with Turmeric and Ginger

  • Servings: 1
  • Ready In: 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup acorn squash
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon ginger

Health Benefits

  • Acorn squash: offers up 13% of your daily recommended potassium intake and 11% of your daily recommended magnesium intake in just a 1/2 cup serving! Together, these minerals maintain your body’s fluid balance, strengthen bones and teeth, help muscles contract, and ensure steady energy levels.
  • Coconut milk: is a rich source of lauric acid, a medium-chain fatty acid that’s readily available to your body as an energy source. Plus, lauric acid and the other fatty acids found in coconut milk can lower your cholesterol and blood pressure levels, as well as help to prevent heart attacks and strokes.
  • Walnuts: contain alpha-linolenic and linoleic acids, which have anti-inflammatory effects that can keep your blood vessels healthy and lower your total and LDL cholesterol levels.
  • Maple syrup: is, according to experts in the field of medicinal plant research, a valuable source of over 20 bioactive compounds, several of which are reported to have anti-cancer, anti-diabetic, and antibacterial properties.
  • Turmeric: has an active ingredient called curcumin with potent properties. Ayurvedic medicine has long used turmeric to treat a variety of health conditions, and Western science has attributed its effects to its ability to quell inflammation, the root cause of many diseases.
  • Ginger: is related to turmeric, and gives you a significant dose of a compound called gingerol, which acts as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent in your body. Increasing your antioxidant intake and lowering inflammation levels can help to prevent and treat conditions like fibromyalgia.

Instructions

  1. Add 1/2 cup of acorn squash to your blender or food processor.
  2. Pour in 1/2 cup of coconut milk.
  3. Add 1/4 cup of walnuts and 1 tablespoon of maple syrup.
  4. Finish with 1 teaspoon of turmeric and 1 teaspoon of ginger.
  5. Blend until all the ingredients have swirled together to form a delightful, spiced smoothie.

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