Give this Anti-Inflammtory Green Smoothie (that's really purple!) a try to help heal and calm the body.
Over the last few years it's become more apparent that inflammation contributes or is responsible for a number of health conditions and symptoms. Things like skin rashes, digestive troubles, headaches and migraines, brain fog, fatigue, and more can often be attributed to inflammation.
The foods that cause inflammation won't surprise you – red meat, processed and preserved meats and sausage, dairy, gluten and white flours/starches, refined sugar, and preservatives top the list. A diet rich in these foods can put you on the track to feeling cruddy anyway, but if you're susceptible to inflammation, they can make symptoms much worse.
So what can you do? A diet that is full of foods that fight inflammation is a good place to start.
Which foods should you be eating then? This list won't surprise you either! It's very similar to a Mediterranean diet, and therefore super doable and easy to tackle.
- olive oil
- leafy greens + cruciferous veggies
- fruit, especially berries
- citrus – especially lemons and oranges
- fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids – salmon, sardines, mackerel
Green smoothies can help tremendously if you're struggling to add these anti-inflammatory foods to your diet. A single serving of a nutrient-packed anti-inflammatory green smoothie contains several servings of fruits and veggies and it's easy to make, consume, and even take with you.
Anti-Inflammatory Green Smoothie
Help calm your body and fight inflammation by blending up this vibrant smoothie that is loaded with vitamins, minerals, fiber, and more.
- 2 cups baby kale
- 1 small beet peeled and chopped
- 1 cup water
- 1 orange peeled
- 2 cups mixed berries frozen
- 1 cup pineapple frozen
- 1 tablespoon fresh ginger grated or chopped
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
Place baby kale, beet, water, and orange into a blender. Puree until smooth.
Add remaining ingredients and blend again until smooth.
- Carrots can be substituted for the beets.
- Mango can be substituted for the pineapple.