This Bright & Cheery Smoothie Is Just As Tasty As It Is Healthy

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It’s February! The second month of the new year. How are you faring with your "resolutions" and dedicated decisions to make this year healthier and happier? It's easy to lose steam as January passes and the days seem to get colder and snowier. After all, birthdays and celebrations and any excuse to indulge start to reappear, and rich and decadent comfort food seems like the only way to keep warm. But, it is essential to keep in mind that the small, positive shifts that you make over time have major, long-term ramifications. Consider every meal as a Monday morning — an opportunity to start fresh and get back on the healthy-eating track. Focus on what you have already changed, and continue to set realistic goals for yourself.

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Here is a cheery smoothie bursting to the brim with immune-boosting, feel-good ingredients that will help sustain your motivation through February and beyond.
Photo: Courtesy of Crunchy Radish.
What is so special about this smoothie? It is loaded with some serious powerhouse nutrients:

Turmeric: This spice has powerful, anti-inflammatory action, which is mainly attributed to curcumin, the compound in turmeric most cited for its medicinal potency. Turmeric can be found in powder or in root form. It is strongly suggested that turmeric can help prevent and treat Alzheimer’s disease, assist with the relief of symptoms from arthritis, and aid in the prevention of certain cancers. Turmeric can also be of benefit in treating digestive problems and reducing the body’s inflammatory response.

Cinnamon: Warm and fragrant, this spice is the perfect seasoning for winter. Cinnamon can be found in stick or in powdered form, and has been shown to help with blood-sugar control, which may significantly benefit individuals with diabetes. Cinnamon can also reduce stress and inflammation. It is an easy spice to add to oatmeal, sweet potatoes, or peanut butter and toast.

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Mango: This tropical fruit is a rich source of vitamin A, an important vitamin linked to eye health and bone growth. Mangos also have a hearty amount of fiber, which helps move things along in your gut.

Pineapple: This fruit is bursting to the brim with vitamin C, an antioxidant that prevents cellular damage to the body and also helps with immune function — extra-essential in these dark and cold months.  
Turmeric-Mango Smoothie
Makes 2 large or 4 small servings

2 cups frozen mango, cubed
1 cup frozen or fresh pineapple, chopped
3/4 cup filtered, room-temperature water
5 oz plain, fat-free Greek, Icelandic, or coconut yogurt
1/2 tsp ground turmeric
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
Optional garnishes: goji berries, toasted unsweetened coconut flakes, raw hemp seeds    

In a blender, combine all of the ingredients until well-blended and smooth. Top with garnishes, if you wish.     

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