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The Anti-Inflammatory Properties of the Morning Fuel Smoothie

Oranges are well known for the vitamin C they provide. But that’s not the only benefit oranges have to offer. The orange is a great source of a flavonoid called hesperidin, a rare anti-inflammatory phytochemical.

Inflammation is the root of all pain. Though it is the body’s first attempt at healing itself, prolonged inflammation can lead to a variety of diseases. Some are as basic as an inflection but others can be as serious as cancer. Oranges provide the body with the best anti-inflammatory tool it needs to fight unnecessary inflammation: flavonoids.

Flavonoids block the production of molecules that create inflammation. Hesperidin, the specific flavonoid found in oranges, prevents the inflammation of cells. This helps you stay pain free today and prevent serious diseases in the future. In addition to flavonoids, oranges contain a phytochemical, beta-cryptoxanthin, that specifically decreases joint inflammation. This helps prevent joint aches and arthritis.

Flavonoids also help stop cells from mutating. A mutating cell is the first step in the development of cancer. Flavonoids stop cells from mutating by absorbing ultraviolet light, protecting DNA, and shutting down cancer causing agents.

The risk of cancer increases because of oxidative stress and inflammation of the cells. Flavonoids relieve oxidative stress and decrease inflammation, greatly reducing the risk of cancer. They also play a big role in removing toxins from the body that could increase the risk of cancer.

Flavonoids have one more special bonus. They increase the benefits of vitamin C. The perfect example of teamwork, flavonoids and vitamin C strengthen the effects of each other. When both are found in the same fruit, as they are in oranges, you’ve really hit the anti-inflammatory jackpot.

The anti-inflammatory benefits of oranges are best when you eat them raw. Enjoy the pain reducing, cancer preventing side effects of the orange in Morning Fuel, the perfect green smoothie recipe to keep you going all morning and years to come.


Morning Fuel

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Category: Breakfast, Drinks


Oranges are the anti-inflammatory jackpot. Flavonoids and vitamin C greatly reduce pain-inducing inflammation and the risk of serious diseases such as cancer.



  • 2 cups fresh kale
  • 1 cup almond milk (unsweetened)
  • 2 oranges (peeled)
  • 1 cup pineapple
  • 1 banana
  • 1/4 avocado


  1. Blend kale, almond milk, and oranges together until smooth.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and blend again.


Use at least one frozen fruit to make smoothie cold.

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  1. Chris

    December 17th, 2017 at 8:57 pm

    Hi Jen, when the recipe calls for a cup of kale, does that mean tightly packed? How many leaves would you guess that is?

  2. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    December 18th, 2017 at 10:26 am

    Hi Chris,

    Yep! When we’re measuring greens, we tightly pack them in our measuring cup. Who can’t get enough greens? Want a more exact measurement? Check out our measurements by weight here…


  3. Krystal L Harrison

    December 31st, 2017 at 12:50 am

    Is there an alternative for avocado? I’m allergic to it. Will i still get same health benefits if I leave out?

  4. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    January 1st, 2018 at 11:31 am

    Hi Krystal,

    Definitely! Swap in another healthy-fat you like. Some of our favorites are flaxseeds oil, coconut oil, cashews, + almond butter!


  5. Ebony Harris

    February 6th, 2018 at 10:25 am

    Is this considered a meal replacement smoothie? If not, am I supposed to eat something in conjunction with my morning smoothie.

  6. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    February 9th, 2018 at 10:07 am

    Hi Ebony,

    Interested in using your green smoothie as a meal replacement? We suggest adding protein + healthy fats to ensure you’re fueling your body with a complete meal. Learn more about our favorite meal replacement booster combos here…


  7. Kimmy

    March 16th, 2018 at 10:46 pm

    What can I use in replacement of avocados? I have an allergy to them

  8. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    March 19th, 2018 at 9:53 pm

    Hi Kimmy,

    Allergic to avocado? No worries! Swap in another healthy fat that you love! One of my favorites is coconut oil! Learn more about our other favorites here…


  9. Barbara

    June 4th, 2018 at 2:29 pm

    Hey Jen, i’m hoping to use anti inflammatory smoothies to help with my arthritis, i plan on making one every morning! What blender do you recommend for leafy greens? I’m using a ninja currently and if i add kale or other greens I end up having to chew my smoothie. I’ve been looking at some of the cheaper vitamix blenders and after reading this post https://livingfreshdaily.com/vitamix-5300-vs-7500/ im thinking of going with a refurbished 5300. Do you have any experience with this blender and is it worth the price or what could you recommend? thanks

  10. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    June 4th, 2018 at 9:21 pm

    Hi Barbara,

    We love a variety of blenders at all different price points to meet your needs. Make sure + check out our blender guide here…


  11. Terry

    August 31st, 2018 at 8:28 am

    Replacement for kale?? Cant have due to thyroid meds. Thx

  12. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    August 31st, 2018 at 12:52 pm

    Hey Terry,

    A great replacement for kale would be swiss chard! Can’t wait for you to give it a try.


  13. Jane

    November 30th, 2018 at 6:50 pm

    Clementines were on sale this week and I have two rather large bags of them. Since they’re citris and a source of Vitamin C can I substitute them for the oranges and still get the same benefit? I’m thinking three clementines (they’re tiny) per orange. I love the sound of this recipe and have all the ingredients except for oranges and will make it for breakfast tomorrow using the clementines pending hearing from you.

  14. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    December 3rd, 2018 at 2:24 pm

    Hey Jane,

    Yes, you can totally substitute clementines for oranges. Two clementines equal the same nutritional benefits as one orange so you will not be missing out on anything with your substitute!


  15. Chris

    December 6th, 2018 at 7:57 pm

    Delicious! Made this tonight and it is one of my favorites of all the Simple Green Smoothies that I’ve tried. My 3-year-old twins gulped it down so fast it might as well have been a chocolate milkshake! I did have to add an extra cup of liquid (I used coconut water) and I used frozen pineapple and frozen banana.

  16. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    December 11th, 2018 at 12:17 pm

    Hey Chris,

    I am so happy to hear that your little twins loved this recipe! We love hearing about little ones loving our recipes.


  17. Mireille

    February 2nd, 2019 at 12:06 am

    Made this recipe today for breakfast. It’s one of my favourite SGS recipes. So delicious and really filling.

  18. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    February 5th, 2019 at 1:52 pm

    Hey Mireille,

    I am so glad that you and your family loved this recipe!!

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