One way that I’ve discovered how to control my daily inflammation is by consuming a smoothie for breakfast. Smoothies are really a convenient way to incorporate healing anti-inflammatory foods in a single meal that supercharges your body and brain for vibrant health. Whether you are battling a health issue (many of which inflammation is at the root of) or from an intense workout, reducing inflammation through a delicious smoothie is easier than most other modalities.
Here are the ingredients that are included in this inflammation busting smoothie:
Coconut Water: Many tropical cultures prize coconut water above all other beverages due to its rehydrating and health renewing benefits.1 It is rich in natural vitamins, minerals and trace elements with important anti-inflammatory benefits. Also has an alkalizing effect on the body.
Turmeric: This spice is one of the best ingredients for reducing chronic inflammation in the body. The active ingredient is called curcumin.
Ginger: Ginger is another spice that has been found to reduce inflammation in our bodies. The flavour is powerful, so experiment with different amounts. It adds a ‘zing’ to your smoothie.
Chia Seeds: I just love these nutritious little seeds. They are a potent source of omega-3 fatty acids, which most of us need to increase in our daily diets. Omega-3 fatty acids are excellent in helping lower inflammation in the body.
Avocado: Avocados contain an amazing amount of antioxidants to fight inflammation, strengthen your immune system, and protect your body against free radical damage. They are also very high in healthy fats and essential vitamins and minerals, including fiber, potassium, vitamin E, B vitamins and folic acid.
Greens: Greens, like kale and baby spinach, are terrific inflammation fighters because they are rich in antioxidants and other natural anti-inflammatory agents. If you consider it difficult to eat the recommended 3 cups of greens a day2, a smoothie is the perfect place for them.
Green Anti-Inflammatory Avocado Smoothie
2 cups young coconut water
2 large oranges, peeled and divided into smaller pieces
1 banana, frozen
1 small avocado, seeded and peeled
1 tsp turmeric
¼ tsp cinnamon
1 tsp fresh ginger
1 tbsp chia seeds
2 cups organic spinach
1 tsp raw honey
pinch fresh ground black pepper
Place all ingredients into a high-speed blender (I love my vitamix) and blend until smooth and creamy. For a complete balanced meal, add 2 tbsp hemp seeds, ¼ cup cooked quinoa or 1 scoop of your favourite plant-based protein powder. Makes 2 smoothies.
Hope you enjoy!
Registered Holistic Nutritionist
2 Minding My Mitochondria, Dr. Terry Wahls, 2010.