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 smoothies we love are loaded with nothing but sugar (in the way of fruit, fruit juice, honey, etc.). And as we all know, sugar triggers inflammation in our bodies.
What should you do instead?
Drink this anti inflammatory smoothie! It’s loaded with ingredients that may help reduce inflammation in our bodies (more on that below…) Let’s dive in!
NOTE: I can up with this recipe before switching to low carb recipes… if that’s what you’re after, check out my low carb smoothies instead!
Why I Love This Anti Inflammatory Smoothie
It’s a SMOOTHIE that contains ingredients that naturally cut down on inflammation! And…
- Nothing makes me feel healthier than sipping on something this delicious and fresh.
- Ready in 5 minutes!
- Ingredients you probably already own in the freezer and/or pantry.
Studies have found a few foods that can potentially ease inflammation—as well as a few foods that contribute to it. Here are the superstars in our anti inflammatory smoothie:
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)
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)
PRO TIP: 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.
Berries. 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!
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.
NOTE: Pineapple is not one of the low carb fruits! Check out my guide for alternative options.
Get creative with your anti inflammatory smoothie with these tips:
- SWEETEN IN UP! Let’s be honest, this smoothie tastes healthy, and not everyone is a fan of turmeric. So, feel free to add in a scoop of your favorite sweetener (check out my guide to keto sweeteners for sugar alternative!).
- Turn this into a low carb smoothie by skipping the pineapple! Swap it for avocados, like in my low carb green smoothie, or strawberries, like this low carb strawberry smoothie.
- Add some low carb protein powder or low carb greek yogurt to balance the macros and increase the protein content.
- Sneak in some vegetables. With the sweetness from the pineapple, you’ll hardly notice a handful of mild-tasting low carb vegetables like spinach or kale.
More Easy Breakfast Recipes
- Pumpkin Smoothie
- Low Carb Protein Shake
- Breakfast Cookies
- Low Carb Pancakes
- Keto Chia Pudding