This Anti Inflammatory Smoothie will fill you up with the right kind of delicious, plus it’s loaded with nutrients and completely foolproof. The perfect way to start your day!
Here’s the thing…
Most of the delicious smoothies we love are loaded with nothing but sugar (like fruit, fruit juice, honey and granola). And as we all know, sugar triggers inflammation in our bodies. So sipping on that “healthy” morning smoothie may not be so “healthy”.
What should you do instead?
Drink this anti inflammatory smoothie! It’s loaded with ingredients that may help reduce inflammation in our bodies.
Chronic inflammation isn’t good, for anyone! Let’s take charge and fill our bodies up with the good stuff!
Anti Inflammatory Smoothie Ingredients
Studies have found a few foods that can potentially ease inflammation—as well as a few foods that contribute to it. Here are some anti inflammatory smoothie ingredient superstars:
Omega-3 fatty acids:
Omega-3 fatty acids can be found in foods such as fish, walnuts, chia seeds, flax seeds and hemp. This nutrient has awesome anti-inflammatory properties.
Unlike Omega-6 fatty acids, our bodies can’t produce Omega-3s, which is why it’s critical to eat foods rich in this nutrient. According to Dr. Oz, incorporating omega-3 fatty acids may help to alleviate arthritis pain! (source)
To add this into our anti inflammatory smoothie, I used Flax Seeds. If that’s not an option, try flax seed meal, English Walnuts (higher in Omega-3’s than Black Walnuts) or Chia Seeds. (source)
Pst… If you’re using chia seeds in your anti inflammatory smoothie, make sure to soak them them before eating.
Ginger contains an anti inflammatory compound called gingerols, which reduce pain and inflammation in people suffering from some inflammatory illnesses such as rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis (source). In fact, some studies have found ginger to be just as effective at relieving pain from osteoarthritis as ibuprofen! (source)
Not to mention the heaps of additional benefits this powerful root embodies, such as being a solid digestive aid, immune booster and nausea remedy.
Tips: Peel the skin off fresh ginger using the side of a spoon! It’s way easier than trying to cut it off with a knife.
Turmeric has been used medicinally for centuries by Ayurvedic practitioners to heal both internal and external inflammation (source). If you’ve never seen fresh turmeric (can be hard to find in the states) look for the root veggie that looks like ginger and sweet potato’s love child.
It’s bright yellow/orange hue is attributed to a nutrient called curcumin. According to clinic trials, curcumin may be a therapeutic agent for some diseases, such as IBD, arthritis and certain types of cancer. However, deeper evaluation must be done to evaluate its therapeutic potential before we all hop on a turmeric diet (source).
Blueberries, Raspberries, Blackberries, strawberries – you name it! Lower in sugar, and in my ever so humble opinion, way more delicious than most fruit. The perfect way to sweeten your anti inflammatory smoothie!
Plus, they’ve all got anti inflammatory properties, a lot of antioxidants and a generous amount of fiber.
Who woulda’ thought pineapple would make the cut in the anti inflammatory smoothie?! I always assumed pineapple was too high in sugar to be nutritious. I was wrong.
Pineapple contains an enzyme call bromelain, which is know to reduce inflammation and potentially help patients with arthritis pain (source). In fact, bromelain may be able to interfere with the growth of tumor cells and slow blood clotting (source).
In addition, pineapple supplies you with a nice serving of Vitamin C.
If you stick to low carb foods, as I do, you can skip this ingredient for a low carb smoothie. Or, try one of my other smoothie recipes such as low carb breakfast smoothie, low carb strawberry smoothie, or blueberry smoothie.
If you’re like me, you add coconut oil to everything from lotion to cookies… So let me wow you with yet another use for this powerful ingredient, add a scoop to your morning smoothie. Animal studies have shown it to reduce inflammation caused by arthritis! (source)
Anti Inflammatory Smoothie
Grab your ingredient and let’s get to blending! This recipe is super easy and flexible. Add more/less of an ingredient based on your preferences.
Also try adding some vegetable protein powder to keep you sustained until your next meal. Let us know in the comments below your favorite anti inflammatory ingredient and why!
- 1 Inch Piece of Ginger
- 2 Cups Pineapple skip if low carb (may want to add some stevia, as pineapple is the main sweetener)
- ½ Cup Raspberries
- 1 Cup Filtered Water or Coconut Water
- 1 Teaspoon Turmeric
- 1 Tablespoon Flax seed Meal
- optional: 1 Cup Greek Yogurt for added protein
- optional: soaked/expanded Chia Seeds
- Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.
- If using the chia seeds, let them soak and expand before you eat them.