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Banana Spinach Turmeric Smoothie

By Catherine McCord, author of The Smoothie Project

As soon as fall begins, I prep for that time of year when everyone seems to fall prey to cold and flu season, and I start reinforcing my immune system with tons of resistance-building foods. This smoothie is loaded with vitamins, antioxidants, and superfoods that kick your immune system into overdrive, improve your gut health, and even help you feel better if you’re a little under the weather.


  • ½ banana, peeled
  • ¼ -inch piece fresh turmeric, peeled and chopped, or ¼ teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 2 tablespoons Greek yogurt, plain or vanilla
  • ½ cup (65 g) mixed berries, fresh or frozen
  • 1 handful spinach
  • 1 dried date, pitted or 2 teaspoons honey for added sweetness, if desired
  • 2 teaspoons hemp seeds
  • 1 teaspoon bee pollen
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter or nut butter of choice
  • 1 crack black pepper
  • ½ cup almond milk


  • Combine all the ingredients in a blender.
  • Blend until smooth.


Most people don’t think of adding turmeric to their smoothies, but—OMG—once you do, you won’t go back. It adds antioxidants, obviously, but also a hit a flavor that will keep you coming back for more. This smoothie is also awesome with chia seeds, flax seeds, maca powder, protein powder, or just about any other add-in of your choice.

Excerpted from The Smoothie Project: The 28 Day Plan to Feel Happy and Healthy No Matter Your Age. Copyright Catherine McCord 2019 All rights reserved.


(Photo: Colin Price)

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