I looove this spiced-up vanilla coconut shake. It tastes rich, creamy and decadent — with a little fiery kick from fresh ginger — but is actually free of refined sugar and loaded with veggies, fibre, healthy fats, and plant-based protein, too!
Ginger and turmeric are in the same plant family, Zingiberaceae, and both have been used in Ayurvedic and traditional Chinese medicine for millennia.
Ginger has a fresh, fragrant and slightly peppery taste. It is well-recognized as having anti-inflammatory, anti-nausea, analgesic and pro-digestive benefits. Research also suggests that consumption of ginger can boost immunity and reduce the risk of obesity, diabetes, stroke and heart disease.
For 2 servings, blend together until smooth:
3/4 cup unsweetened cashew or other nondairy milk
1/2 cup canned organic full-fat coconut milk
1 cup steamed-then-frozen cauliflower
1 frozen banana
2 Tbsp Nuzest Clean Lean vegan vanilla protein powder
2 Tbsp cashew butter
1 Tbsp or more grated peeled fresh ginger, adjusted to taste
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 tsp ground Ceylon cinnamon
optional 1/4 tsp ground turmeric plus a pinch of black pepper (not used here)
optional Lakanto monkfruit sweetener, stevia, or sweetener of choice to taste