Monday, April 14, 2014
Inflammation has been identified by numerous researchers to be the underlying cause of a wide range of health issues and diseases. Lately, I've experienced some health concerns and have been working to reduce inflammation in my body overall. I try to buy mostly everything organic to avoid chemicals, additives and pesticides. The closer to nature I can get, the better! Green smoothies help me start the day off right with plant power and natural energy.
This recipe is for a healthy smoothie that also fights inflammation. Here are a few ingredient highlights:
Spinach: In general, leafy greens pack a strong nutritional punch. For reducing inflammation, spinach in particular has beta-carotene, vitamin C and vitamin K. Just one cup of spinach has 987.2% of the daily value of vitamin K!
Blueberries: These lovely little berries have a ton of phytonutrients that act as antioxidants, help to reduce inflammation and combat free radicals. Plus they make the smoothie a pretty shade of purple!
Cherries: Another powerful antioxidant berry, according to Health.com, tart cherries have the “highest anti-inflammatory content of any food.” That's a pretty powerful statement! Apparently sweet cherries do not have the same benefits.
Raw Almonds: In addition to adding a boost of protein and fiber to the smoothie, almonds have high levels of vitamin E and magnesium, which both help to fight inflammation. Always go for "raw" versus "roasted" or otherwise when choosing almonds. Our bodies tend to accept the raw state more easily, since once they're heated the molecular structure changes.
Coconut Oil: It has been demonstrated to have anti-inflammatory, analgesic and fever-reducing properties. Bonus that it tastes so good, adds some healthy fat and helps you feel fuller.
Berry Almond Green Smoothie Recipe
- 1 cup (large handful) of organic spinach (or other leafy greens)
- 1/2 cup organic frozen blueberries
- 1/2 cup organic frozen cherries
- 1 cup organic almond milk (used 365 unsweetened vanilla here, but coconut water would also work well)
- 1 Tbsp raw almond butter
- 1 tsp raw extra virgin coconut oil
- Place all ingredients in a blender.
- Blend until smooth.
- Pour and enjoy!