Are you ready to start eliminating chronic inflammation so you can enjoy vibrant health? If you answered yes, I’ve put together a healing foods recipe for a scrumptious green smoothie to help you fight inflammation and increase your energy at the same time! This fantastic smoothie is packed with wonderful superfoods renowned for their anti-inflammatory properties.
Sweet oranges, turmeric, coconut water, avocado, cinnamon, ginger, chia seeds, spinach, black pepper, and raw honey are blended together creating a delightful, creamy smoothie rich in nutrients that replenish your body and help remove chronic inflammation.
Inflammation is our body’s immune response and protective reaction to injuries, infections, irritants, stress, and foreign substances. Our bodies produce inflammation in response to potentially harmful irritants so that healing can take place. However, when chronic, persistent inflammation is left unchecked, it can lead to accelerated aging and many diseases including type II diabetes, heart disease, cancer, arthritis, autoimmune, neurological, and inflammatory bowel diseases.
A major cause of inflammation in our bodies is the foods we eat. Inflammation is triggered and activated by diets high in junk foods, processed foods, high-heat treated vegetable oils, refined sugar, corn syrup, artificial sweeteners, refined grains, alcohol, soft drinks, food additives, nitrates, preservatives, pesticides, genetically modified foods, and factory-farm raised animals.
Did you know that inflammation can also be triggered by healthy foods that we have sensitivities or intolerances to? That is why it’s important for everyone to keep chronic inflammation at bay by making food and lifestyle choices that enhance our health. The Alcat test that we offer is a very reliable way to find out exactly what foods, food additives, medicinal herbs, functional foods, food colorings, molds, and chemicals you have sensitivities to.
Today’s smoothie recipe is nutrient-rich and will help you start fighting chronic inflammation so that your body can stay vibrant and healthy.
Turmeric is a rhizome that is a member of the ginger family. Turmeric contains the active ingredient curcumin, which is a potent antioxidant, liver detoxifier, and anti-inflammatory. Curcumin has been shown to produce the same anti-inflammatory effects of the drug ibuprofen without the side effects associated with this drug.
Ginger is a potassium-rich rhizome which is excellent for stimulating digestion and bile flow, relieving nausea, and protecting our bodies from inflammation.
Cinnamon is a wonderful healing foods spice from the inner bark of the cinnamon tree. Cinnamon has a sweet, warm taste that is fantastic in this smoothie! Cinnamon is rich in antioxidants that fight inflammation and free radicals. Cinnamon’s essential oils also make it a potent anti-microbial.
Chia seeds are a potent source of plant-based protein, omega-3 fatty acids (ALA), calcium, iron, and fiber. Omega-3 fatty acids are excellent at protecting the body from the damaging effects of chronic inflammation. Chia seeds can also help stabilize your blood sugar by slowing down the conversion of carbohydrates into sugar. Two tablespoons of chia seeds have 4 grams of protein, 205 grams of calcium, 5 grams of omega-3 fatty acids, and 8 grams of fiber. To find out more benefits of this superfood seed check out my post.
Avocados make this green smoothie creamy and filling. Avocados contain an amazing amount of carotenoids including beta-carotene, lutein, alpha-carotene, and zeaxanthin that function as important antioxidants to fight inflammation, strengthen your immune system, and protect your body against free radical damage.
Avocados are an excellent source of healthy fats including monounsaturated fat and alpha-linolenic acid an omega-3 fatty acid. Avocados are nutrient-rich with high levels of vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, potassium, folate, and fiber.
Oranges, ginger, coconut water, and spinach add high amounts of antioxidants, vitamin C, potassium, fiber, magnesium, phytochemicals, and chlorophyll which all work together to fight inflammation and protect our bodies from degenerative diseases.
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Anti-Inflammatory Orange Avocado Chia Smoothie
Raw Vegan, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free
3 cups young coconut water or purified water
2 large oranges—peeled and divided into smaller pieces
1 medium avocado—seeded and peeled
½ teaspoon turmeric powder (Good source for turmeric)
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
2 tablespoons chia seeds (Good source for chia seeds)
2 cups organic spinach
1 teaspoon raw honey or stevia to taste (optional)
Tiny pinch fresh ground black pepper (piperine in black pepper helps increase absorption of turmeric)
1. Place all ingredients into a high-speed blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Taste and add more raw honey or stevia if you want the smoothie sweeter. Pour into two glasses and enjoy!
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Picture of oranges by Rakratchada Torsap