I have a weird hangup about writing about wellness stuff. It’s a topic I’m inclined towards — because I do have a wonky thyroid and it affects my life, relationships, energy and parenting, and I’m trying to feel better.
But I hate a lot of the discourse around wellness — super-paranoia that makes being healthy less about pleasure and more about anxiety (LIKE WE NEED MORE OF THAT IN OUR LIVES!). I hate bougie elitism masquerading as sophistication, or pseudo-science designed to sell products. Health and wellness is one area where my usual ‘big-picture-loving’ INFJ self tends to discard overarching theories, philosophies and ‘lifestyles’ and goes by personal experimentation and experience. I don’t tend to recommend anything lightly without couching it as my own personal experience — and I always remember that I’m not a doctor and I’m NOT giving out medical advice.
So when I recommend this smoothie recipe, it’s because I’ve actually had this on a pretty regular basis for the past several months — most of winter, in fact — and I do think it’s had a positive impact on my health in tangible ways. It’s very simple: apple, celery, greens, almond milk, ginger, lemon and turmeric.
But I truly do think it’s contributed to not getting sick this season, even when my family is yucking it up around me — and I’m racking up a number of sleep-starved nights as a result. That alone should wallop me with fists of illness — but here I am, last one standing!
I’m not a scientist, so I can’t quite tell you why it’s seemingly boosted my immunity. Maybe it’s that apple a day? Maybe it’s the turmeric, which is the ‘hot’ wellness ingredient for its anti-inflammatory qualities? Maybe it’s the ginger? Vitamin C from the lemon? I don’t know, but I do know what these ingredients taste really nice together — like springtime in a shake.
Here’s the basic template. Some people get weirded out by the idea of turmeric, but I promise you, you don’t need a lot of it — and with the ginger, it adds a nice zing. You can omit it entirely, of course, but it does seem to have a lot of wellness mojo behind it.
Apple-Celery-Lemon Green Smoothie With Ginger And Turmeric
+ 1 apple, chopped
+ 1 celery stalk, chopped
+ About 1/4 cup Greek yogurt
+ A handful of greens (kale is ideal for many, but I sometimes just use a spring mix of kale, chard and spinach.)
+ 1/4-1/2 tsp of ginger
+ 1/4 tsp of turmeric
+ Juice of half a lemon (about 1-2 tbsps if using lemon juice)
+ 1 cup of almond milk (or whatever kind of ‘milk’ you prefer!)
You toss it all into a blender and blend or puree until smooth!
Any recipe like this is open to variation, of course. I like the yogurt because it adds protein, so I find it a bit more filling, but you can leave it out. Sometimes I throw in grapes, or even some oranges, but usually just in small amounts.
In addition to the ginger and turmeric, I’ll add something like maca powder — I’ve found it’s super helpful for some symptoms of hypothyroidism, but that’s a whole other story 🙂