Over the last few years, many studies have shown that inflammation contributes to 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. So I took foods that I know help with these symptoms and blended them up into an anti-inflammatory smoothie recipe that legit works.
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Foods that Cause 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 potent foods will most likely cause you to feel cruddy anyway. If you’re susceptible to inflammation, these things can make symptoms even worse.
What can you do? Consuming a diet that is full of foods that fight inflammation is a great place to start.
Focus on whole food that are very similar to a Mediterranean diet, making it super doable for most people in the western world. Heck, I can get all of these foods at my local grocery store! It’s hard to make excuses when it’s accessible, right? Here’s a whole food list to focus on when fighting inflammation:
- olive oil
- leafy greens + cruciferous veggies
- fruit, berries + other low glycemic fruits
- citrus – lemons and oranges
- fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids – salmon, sardines, mackerel
Certain seeds also have inflammation fighting properties – like chia, hemp and flaxseed. The good news is, you can find them all right in my homemade protein powder, plus 10g of protein! Try the anti-inflammatory smoothie below with the boost and soothe your body from the inside out. You really can use this in an of my healthy smoothie recipes to give them a boost.
Citrus cilantro smoothie, anti-inflammatory smoothie, lemon smoothie, and pineapple ginger smoothie are all at the top of my list.
Outside of smoothies, there are lots of great and simple tonics with ingredients like ginger and turmeric that can help soothe the body.
For sure! Bananas are rich in antioxidants and fiber, making them a great addition to your anti-inflammatory diet.
A green smoothie with plant-based protein is a great way to start the day. Fight inflammation before it creeps up by consuming fruits + veggies like leafy greens and berries first thing in the morning.
More Anti-inflammatory Recipes
Here are a few of my fav recipes to help fight inflammation. Add these to your meal roster over the next few weeks, then let me know how you feel!
- Roasted veggie Mediterranean bowl
- Golden milk
- Citrus cilantro smoothie
- Carrot ginger soup
- Turmeric smoothie cubes
- Lime popsicles
- Lemon smoothie
- Avocado caprese salad
- Soothing PCOS smoothie
- Pineapple ginger smoothie
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- ½ cup kale
- ½ cup beets peeled and chopped
- 1 cup water
- ½ orange peeled
- 1 cup mixed berries frozen
- ½ cup pineapple frozen
- 1 tsp ginger root peeled
- 1 tsp coconut oil
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- Place kale, beet, water, and orange into a blender.
- Puree until smooth.
- Add remaining ingredients.
- Blend again until smooth.
- Carrots can be substituted for the beets.
- Mango can be substituted for the pineapple.
- Baby kale or spinach can be used to make the smoothie less bitter.
- Use at least 1 frozen fruit for a refreshingly cool smoothie.
I loved this smoothie!! I used spinach instead of kale, half a banana instead of ginger, and carrots instead of beets!! I didn’t put coconut oil or chia seeds into it to make it more low calorie, it turned out great!
Hi Maya! So glad you loved this one! Spinach instead of kale is a great swap. Way to go!
Silly question but, should you cook the carrot if you’re substituting for the beets? Can’t wait to try!
Hi Jessica! That depends on what type of blender you are working with!
Can this sit in the fridge overnight?
Excellent recipe. I added another 1/2 cup of liquid because it was to thick for me.
HI, This may be a silly question, but do you cook the beets first?
Hey Robin, no question is silly! In this recipe we use raw beets, peeled and chopped.
Super delicious! I do have to add more water than the recipe says though, but not a big deal
Loved the taste of this smoothie so much! But I’m struggling with the texture. I find myself having to chew the smoothie as some of the ingredients are very fibrous along with the seeds from the berries. Do I just need to blend it longer and at a higher speed? Or do you have any other tips to avoid a chewy smoothie? Thank you! It really is delicious and the texture is probably just an error on my side!
So glad you enjoy the flavors of this smoothie! It’s a good one!
And yes! You’ve got it. Blending longer and at a higher speed can really smooth out your smoothies! I would also recommend blending the kale, water and beet first for 30 seconds – 1 minute before adding in the rest of the ingredients. Sometime the berries can be a little seedy, but I think blending longer and on a high power will give you some better results!
You may have to blend longer or consider changing blenders.
Get a vitamix
Can this sit in the fridge overnight?
Hi Chris, that’s a great question. I often make my the night before and store it in an airtight container in the fridge. I usually give it a good shake before I drink it. There may be a slight loss of nutrients, but it’s better than not having it at all. 🙂
Surprised by the nice sweet and sour taste, liked it!
So glad to hear you enjoyed this. Keep on blendin!
Hi new follower
I was wondering if I can swap coconut oil for almond butter. I do intermittent fasting and usually add a nut butter to my smoothies. Also can I swap the banana for half of a avocado so that I can lower the sugar intake? Thanks in advance.
Hey Lina! So glad you’re blending with us! Since this Anti-Inflammatory Smoothie is a bit more tropical leaning in taste, we’re not sure that almond butter would work – yet, if you enjoy the smoothie as-is, we think it’d be great to eat a few whole almonds (or other nut of your choice) on the side as part of your meal. Since this is one of our rare recipes that is banana free, def feel free to add some avocado to up the creaminess factor, as well as healthy fats, etc. Avocado could be used in place of the coconut oil as well. Happy blending!
Would beet root powder work as a substitute of raw/cooked beets?
Beetroot powder is an excellent swap in for smoothies and 1 tsp usually equals about one beet. However, you’ll be consuming less fiber with this substitution, so that’s something to keep in mind.
Seriously so good! My kids even drank them with no complaints!