Anti Inflammatory Smoothie

12.18.2017

This Anti-Inflammatory Smoothie contains ginger, beets and greens to help reduce inflammation in your body. Let food be thy medicine!

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.

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? Consume a diet that is full of foods that fight inflammation is a good place to start.

Focus on foods 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 things at my local grocery store! It’s hard to make excuses when it’s accessible, right? Here’s the list to focus on:

  • tomatoes
  • 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
  • ginger
  • garlic
  • turmeric

Certain seeds also have inflammation fighting properties – like chia, hemp and flax seed. The good news is, you can find them all right in my Protein Smoothie Boost, plus 10 g of protein!

Anti-inflammatory Recipes

Green smoothies can help tremendously if you’re struggling to add anti-inflammatory foods to your diet. I combine quite a few of the ingredients listed above into this smoothie recipe. It’s nutrient-packed and makes the perfect anti-inflammatory smoothie. If you haven’t been a smoothie fan yet, I hope this will make you reconsider. Smoothies are easy to make, consume, and even take with you.

Looking for more to help your body heal naturally? You can see a ton of smoothie recipes, plus other meals featuring anti-inflammatory rawkstars like ginger, leafy greens and turmeric all in our Rawk the Year Meal Planner. With over 400 recipes to choose from, convenient weekly meal plans, customized shopping lists and more – Rawk the Year is an amazing tool to help you take it to the next level when using foods to heal.

Not sure if your blender can handle the greens? The key is to get rid of leafy chunks and blend quickly. If your current blender isn’t up to the task— no fear! The very best blenders don’t have to cost as much as you may think. In fact, check out this special deal that Vitamix and I have where you can get my favorite blender for less than $300 (including FREE shipping). The deal is so good, you can only see the actual price in your cart!

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Anti Inflammatory Smoothie


  • Author: Jen Hansard
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Help calm your body and fight inflammation by blending up this vibrant anti-inflammatory smoothie that is loaded with vitamins, minerals, fiber, and taste!


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 cup baby kale
  • 1/2 small beet (peeled and chopped)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 orange (peeled)
  • 1 cup mixed berries (frozen)
  • 1/2 cup pineapple (frozen)
  • 1 tsp fresh ginger (grated or chopped)
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 1 serving Protein Smoothie Boost (optional)

Instructions

  1. Place baby kale, beet, water, and orange into a blender.
  2. Puree until smooth.
  3. Add remaining ingredients.
  4. Blend again until smooth.

Notes

  • Carrots can be substituted for the beets.
  • Mango can be substituted for the pineapple.
  • Category: Smoothie
  • Method: Blending
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: inflammation smoothie

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About Jen Hansard

Mom of 2, ran across the Grand Canyon and lover of smoothies, coffee & tacos. I transformed my family's health with a plant-based diet. I also found myself again along the way.

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  1. Tina R Sartin says:

    Hi I haven’t tried it before but I do want to started it yet but I can not have coconut due to my allergic reaction towards it what can I substitute with it instead and still get the same results.

  2. Ada Le Troadec says:

    You say that your fat burning smoothie yields l smoothie. It seems to me that it should be for 2. I easily fill a 16 Oz glass. Isn’t that a lot for 1 person?

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      Hey there Ada! Most of our smoothie recipes make a 16 oz. smoothie – which is one portion. Our goal for you is to add one 16-ounce green smoothie to your day in addition to your regular diet. We found that amount helps to get the optimal amount of added nutritional benefit from the greens and fruit being blended. You can drink it with a meal, as a meal, or as a snack. If it’s too much for you, you could def drink half at one time of day and half later or even the next day.

  3. B skinny says:

    Ginger reflux’s on me what else can I use?

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      Hey rawkstar! Fresh turmeric would make a great sub here, if you can tolerate it. Turmeric has really lovely anti-inflammatory properties as well.

  4. Diana says:

    Wow! Thank you for sharing this recipe. I’ve recently been diagnosed with mild Chron’s disease. I do not want to be on any medications and an asymptotic for the most part. So I am trying to heal my body as naturally as possible. I have introduced more fiber in my diet (which I’m already seeing positive results from!), and plan on eating as many anti-inflammatory foods/shakes as I can tolerate to help balance my system again! The ginger in this shake really sets it off, I think! Thanks again.

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      So sorry to hear about your recent diagnosis, Diana. Yet, super proud of you for seeking natural solutions! All the best as you step toward healing.

  5. Amy says:

    Do you cook the beet or is it raw? If you cook it, what is the best way without losing all the nutrients?

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      Totally your choice, Amy! You can use either cooked (steamed is best) or raw beets here. Raw beets have a more earthy flavor. Cooked beets area slightly sweeter + are easier to peel.

  6. Mary Jane Arinzana says:

    Hi can i put almond milk instead of water?

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      Hi Mary Jane! Generally speaking, it’s totally fine to exchange water and plant-based milk for each other in any recipe. However, depending on the smoothie it can affect the taste. Plant-milk usually does better in smoothies that aren’t citrus based. Since this is a mix of citrus and berry – we say go for it! Give it a blend and let us know what you think. 🙂 We would def avoid traditional cow’s milk dairy here as it can increase inflammation in many cases.

  7. Diane says:

    Can I use spinach instead of Kale??

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      Kale would make a great swap here. It’s even higher in flavonoids, which give it more anti-inflammatory super powers!

  8. Dorothy Lee says:

    Do you use raw beets or do you cook or stem the beets first?

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      Hi Dorothy – You can totally use either raw or steamed. Raw beets are a bit more earthy while roasted, steamed or cooked beets have a slightly sweeter taste and are easier to peel.

  9. Felicia says:

    I cannot have pineapples, are there any good replacements? 🙂 Looking forward to trying this!

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      Oranges, mangoes or peaches are great subs for pineapple. Happy blending!

  10. Kathleen Paglia says:

    Can you use jarred beets? Or is the skin important?

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      Hi Kathleen! Great question – the beets you find in a jar are similar in nutritional properties, yet will contain more sodium than fresh. And yeah, you do lose additional nutrients (like vitamin A and C, plus antioxidants) when you avoid the skin, yet it’s def better than no beets at all!

  11. Marisa Swanson says:

    It took me several rounds of buying the fresh ingredients before I tried making this smoothie. I found that my beets went bad after 2-3 days, so if i didn’t make it right away, they’d be rotten. BUT, I finally got the beets and kale at the same time and whipped up a batch of this stuff. I admit, I expected it to be gross and earthy-tasting, but none-the-less, good for me. WRONG – it’s actually delicious! The pineapple and berries do alot to “cover up” any beet taste, and the beets add the most beautiful color! It is so good, it’s more like drinking kool-aid than it is like drinking V8. Don’t be scared. I felt stronger and really smart 😉 almost immediately after drinking a batch!

  12. Ronae says:

    How often can I drink this juice? I love it.

  13. Bob says:

    How often and how long does it take to start working?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Hey Bob! Everyone’s body is different so I can’t really say how long it will take. I think if you’re dealing with inflammation, you’ll want to drink this smoothie at least a few times a week and alternate with other green smoothies. You could start feeling better in as short as a few days. Good luck!

  14. Sami says:

    I just made this smoothie for the first time — HOLY TOLEDO IT’S SO GOOD. I’m not the biggest fan of beets nor ginger, so I wasn’t expecting to like this THAT much. The flavors compliment each other perfectly. I only had spinach on hand, so I used it instead of kale, and it still tastes so good.

  15. Sydney says:

    Are the beets raw or cooked?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Hey Sydney! You can actually use either, it’s more of a personal preference. Raw beets are a bit more earthy while roasted or cooked beets have a slightly sweeter taste.

  16. Kim says:

    I made this, it tastes great, I also added a tablespoon of plain yogurt

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Any smoothie with anti-inflammatory properties is a winner in my book. 🙂

  17. Cathy says:

    What out a recipe including cucmber & celery?

  18. Chrissy Kelly says:

    Thank you for this recipe! I am following a lectin-free diet to deal specifically with inflamation, The Plant Paradox plan, as I wrote you about.

    I will try it to see if alleviates my pain in my hands and shoulder from arthritis.

    I like that you give options, in case I don’t have everything right now and as both of those options are better for me, but this time I will have to try the pineapple and don’t have beets so I will do the mango!

    Love your website, have followed you since 2016 I believe and recommend you to everyone I possibly can!

    Thank you for coming up with this, per my request!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Glad you like this recipe! I make this smoothie often and I love it. 🙂

  19. erika saenz says:

    hello im pregnant can i take this smoothie ? my inflammation is a lil worst but i see it has 30 sugar is that lot , im trying to be careful with my sugar intake ?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Hi Erika! I would suggest speaking with your healthcare provider and/or nutritionist regarding your diet while pregnant. They know you + your body best! 🙂

  20. Daniel Brickell says:

    Really tasty. Been having this every night before bed.

  21. Brenda says:

    Tatse good.. hope it works on the inflamation.. thank you

  22. Esmeralda says:

    Muy bueno este articulo los tengo que aser sufro de artritis en una pierna gracias

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      ¡De nada! Lamento saber de tu artritis. Espero que esto ayude.

  23. regs says:

    Love the color of it, looks so refreshing!

  24. Donna Sawchyn says:

    Hi Jen, just wondering if I have roasted the beets are they still beneficial in a smoothie? I assume you are using them raw. Thanks,
    Donna

  25. Amanda, I know I have a lot of inflammation in my body. I have severe fibromyalgia and have been diagnosed with Type II Diabetes. The above Smoothie looks great but I know it’s too much sugar for me so I see you said to substitute a cup of berries for another cup of greens. 1) will it be too bitter for a newcomer and what should I add or take away for my Fibromyalgia. and 2) is there a list of smoothies for my issues for variety?
    Thank you,
    Barbara in MD

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Barbara,

      You can always just add less of the fruit and more of the greens with this recipe instead of adding the berries. You can always add in some dates or honey to naturally sweeten it up a little.
      Also, since we are not nutritionist we do not have a specific recommendation for you but I would suggest sticking with these ingredients to fight the inflammation.

      Hope that helps!

    • Jessica says:

      What blender do you use? I loved this, so tasty but need a large blender for 6 that makes the smooth smooth, I had lots of chunks from the beets and kale. Thanks

  26. Amanda says:

    Is the coconut oil an anti-inflammatory; was wondering if I can leave that out?

    Thank you!

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Amanda,

      Yes, the coconut oil is an anti-inflammatory so if you can tolerate it I would definitely keep that ingredient.

  27. Teresa says:

    Hello,
    I would like to try this shake, but I have an allergy to pineapple. Do you have any recomendations for a replacement?

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  37. Villa says:

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    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

      Hi Villa,

      Great question! Dairy can be pretty tough on your digestion, for that reason you won’t find it in our recipes – especially our Anti-Inflammatory Green Smoothie above where we want to show your belly some extra love. Including dairy in your diet – is definitely a personal decision. For us here at Simple Green Smoothies we’ve found that diary doesn’t make our bodies feel great, and if you’re not reaching for organic milk you can find yourself drinking a lot of additives, and lastly – dairy is actually the #1 undiagnosed food allergy. Love dairy and the way it makes you feel? Then go for it – and try adding it to a green smoothie recipe. I’d just suggest skipping our Anti-Inflammatory Green Smoothie as this recipe specifically is designed to heal your gut!

  38. Christine says:

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  40. Andi says:

    I tried this one today. It was first time I’ve used Kale. Having just completed the 10 day kickstart. I really enjoyed the kick the ginger gave it and I love fresh beetroot anyway. I had 2 servigs cos my hubby wasn’t keen. So now I’m stuffed like a little piggy 🙂

  41. Strahinja says:

    Hi,i have one question and i wanna know what do you think about it,i heard some rumors that when you blend your food you lose fiber and nutrition from it,personally i dont believe in that especially if you use a high power blender that can blend all food in 30s,i searched on internet and i cant find any studies that confirm that rumors,but i want to know your thoughts about it 🙂

    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

      Hi Strahinja,

      Great question! We do believe that nutrients begin to “go away” and oxalate, but we don’t believe this happens right away. Our stance is that green smoothies stay good for you for up to two days, as long as they are in a sealed container in the refrigerator.

      And while some nutrients may oxalate before you finish your green smoothie. If green smoothies help you add leafy greens + healthy nutrients to your body, we say some nutrients are better than no nutrients at all. #win!

    • Joanna says:

      Amanda, I’d like to make a correction to your reply to Strahinja. I believe you meant to say ‘oxidize’ instead of “oxalate” ~calcium oxalate is a crystal found often in urine and is a common cause of urinary/bladder/kidney stones.

      Respectfully, Joanna B.

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