To celebrate the three-day weekend, I created this energizing recipe after learning Venus Williams, a pro tennis player, enjoys a morning smoothie boosted with ginger and kale. If you want to start the day like a professional athlete, this nutrition-packed smoothie is perfect!
How to Blend a Ginger Smoothie
First, peel the ginger. While you can definitely get away with leaving the peel on some plants, I don8217;t recommend leaving the peel on here! You can use a veggie peeler or the back of a spoon. Next, grate or finely chop the ginger into pieces. Since this root doesn8217;t blend easily, making it as small as possible before going into the blender will help.
Finally, blend well! Don8217;t skimp on blending this smoothie fully, unless you want chunks of ginger going up your straw. If you8217;re using a high-powered blender, then you should be able to completely blend up the ginger. If not, you should use the grating method, then puree as much as you can before enjoying.
How Much Ginger Should I Use in a Smoothie?
My advice is start with a little bit, like the size of a dime. You can always add more, yet you can8217;t take it back. At first, I could only handle a small piece, yet over time I8217;ve fallen more in love with it. Now, I8217;ll easily add a chunk of it in without even flinching.
Ginger Smoothie FAQs
Yes, I recommend it. You8217;ll notice a difference in texture and taste if you leave on the peel, so just peel it with the back of a spoon or vegetable peeler before adding it to your smoothie ingredients.
Venus Williams Signature Smoothie
In 2011, Venus was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease called Sjogren’s syndrome. Shifting to a plant-based diet drastically reduced some of her symptoms, including fatigue and joint pain. (This is not intended as medical advice. Please see a doctor if you experience symptoms.)
Take it from Venus, “Our bodies thrive on the things that we eat, it’s medicine for our bodies”, and choose foods that fuel your body in the best way possible. According to her interview with Shape, Venus8217; morning pineapple ginger smoothie is packed with foods that calm inflammation and deliver powerful antioxidants to her body.
Whether she’s acing it on the tennis court or dialing in her lifestyle brand, Venus Williams gives it her all, and her glowing skin is no exception. Her morning drink of choice is a tasty, zingy ginger smoothie, reminiscent of a gingersnap cookie but with major health benefits to power her through everything from business meetings to morning workouts.
Smoothies are an incredible way to pack in your daily servings of fruit and vegetables. Yet too much fruit and you could cause a sugar rush that leads to a crash. This smoothie is beautifully balanced thanks to the high fiber, light protein and essential vitamins and minerals.
If you are prone to nausea or morning sickness, then this pineapple ginger smoothie8217;s for you! Ginger is highly effective against nausea, so add a bit to your daily smoothies for a calming effect.
I know fresh ginger might be out of your comfort zone and I get it! It packs a punch. So start SMALL and work your way to a good chunk in your smoothie. Your body will thank you!
Pineapple Ginger Smoothie
This morning drink is a tasty, zingy pineapple ginger smoothie, reminiscent of a gingersnap cookie but with major health benefits to power you through your whole day.
Blend on high speed until all leafy chunks are gone and you have a smoothie consistency.
Calories: 263kcal (13%) Carbohydrates: 46g (15%) Protein: 9g (18%) Fat: 8g (12%) Saturated Fat: 1g (6%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g Monounsaturated Fat: 2g Trans Fat: 1g Sodium: 356mg (15%) Potassium: 873mg (25%) Fiber: 11g (46%) Sugar: 24g (27%) Vitamin A: 7051IU (141%) Vitamin C: 233mg (282%) Calcium: 553mg (55%) Iron: 3mg (17%)