Anti-Inflammatory Orange Avocado Chia Smoothie

Anti-Inflammatory Orange Avocado Chia Smoothie

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.

 

 

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Turmeric

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

Ginger is a potassium-rich rhizome which is excellent for stimulating digestion and bile flow, relieving nausea, and protecting our bodies from inflammation.

 

Cinnamon

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

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.

 

Avocado

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.

 

What’s your favorite ingredients for smoothies? Please contribute to the conversation by leaving a comment below.

 

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Anti-Inflammatory Orange Avocado Chia Smoothie

Raw Vegan, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free

Serves 2

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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  1. Great info about inflammation, Shelley. I’m aware that inflammation underlies many chronic disorders or diseases that are extremely common. It certainly is true that we are what we eat – and what is “healthy” for one person may not be for another. Your suggestion for the allergies test is great! Your recipe, of course, looks delicious! Thanks for sharing :)

    Dena Lynn
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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Thanks Dena-Lynn! Chronic inflammation affects so many people’s health negatively and I wanted to share some ways to combat the effects. The Alcat test is amazing and it has truly changed the lives of both myself and my clients who have taken the test.

  2. Hi Shelley,
    it is always good to come and read your posts!
    Your description of the ingredients in the food confirms again and again that food can be our medicine.
    I wasn’t aware that turmeric is part of the ginger family.
    Black pepper enhances the effects of turmeric (did I read that on your post?).
    Great recipe!
    Thank you so much for sharing this!
    Love and Light
    Yorinda
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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Thanks so much Yorinda! I really appreciate your wonderful comments on my posts! Piperine in black pepper does enhance the absorption of turmeric. Love and light to you too!

  3. Chronic inflammation is a degenerative malady that people often learn to simply tolerate.

    I found it interesting that diet can both prevent and remedy the condition.

    I’ve actually struggled with some joint inflammation over the last few months that has made me revisit my diet and lifestyle, so this information and recipe are of particular interest to me.
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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      David, I’m happy to hear that you’re making changes in your diet and lifestyle to heal your joint inflammation naturally. This recipe and many of the recipes on my blog can help you to decrease your inflammation and heal. Keep me posted on your progress.

  4. Hi Shelley,

    I popped by to see what you had to share with recipes and I’m so glad I did!! This sounds great! I love ginger in smoothies ( and juices) and of course I often use spinach! I will try this and see how it works for me!! Thanks for the detailed info, I didn’t know so much about inflammation before.. I know it is an issue and there are things we can do for it and diet is a big thing… This is very helpful.
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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Thanks Holly! This recipe has some of your favorite foods so you should enjoy it! I’m glad that the information on inflammation helped you. :)

  5. I’ve been thinking of adding turmeric to my morning smoothies, but was worried it would taste funny. Thank you for giving me the courage to try it.
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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      France, Turmeric is great in smoothies when you use it in small amounts and it adds a nice flavor that blends well with the ginger and orange. Let me know how you like it. :)

  6. The last three days, I’ve stopped off twice at Jamba Juice to buy a couple wheatgrass shots. They provide orange wedges to take the “bite” off of the green. So I can see why oranges would go great with avocado. And ginger is a nutrient powerhouse. This looks like a great and yummy smoothie! I’m going to save it.

    • Jamba juice was also great though I would try this new recipe and check out if it works best. Avocado is known for several health benefits such as it helps to regulate the blood sugar levels, fight free radicals and reduces the risk of heart disease. Avocado combined with orange is surely refreshing.
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      • Shelley Alexander says:

        Hi Chester, avocados have some fantastic health benefits and they provide great taste and creaminess to this smoothie. I hope you like the recipe.

    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Steve, I like wheatgrass shots too but this smoothie tastes so much better. Once you start making your own anti-inflammatory smoothies, you will save money and have enough to share. I hope you enjoy the combination of the oranges, ginger, and avocado.

  7. I love avocado in smoothies, and with so many other interesting ingredients, I look forward to trying this Shelley! Featuring your smoothie this week!

    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Thanks Tessa! I adore avocado in smoothies. I really appreciate you featuring my smoothie this week on your fantastic blog!

  8. Hi Shelley,
    Thank you for a great looking smoothie. Is it possible to prepare a drink made of fat free milk, turmeric, blk pepper, ginger, honey and cinnamon to consume daily to combat inflammation ? Or does milk interfere with the anti-inflammatory process? I suffer from chronic joint and neck pain and suffer the side effects of anti-inflammatories that I take on regular basis and am planning on switching to natural remedies. Another question: is sugar really a triggering factor for inflammation? I consume serious amounts of chocolate daily but don’t feel pressured to stop because I don’t put on any weight … So can I indulge or not??

    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Hi Sawsan, I would not advise you to not drink fat free milk at all or on a daily basis to combat inflammation. Fat free milk is high in sugar and it can cause mucus. If you want to use milk in this smoothie, I would recommend full-fat, organic, sugar-free milk kefir or organic raw milk as a better choice. This smoothie can be tailored to your tastes. Some other choices I would recommend for the coconut water are green or herbal teas, coconut milk, fresh vegetable juices, and filtered water. Sugar does contribute to inflammation. If you want to indulge in small amounts of chocolate on a weekly basis, I would switch to a brand of organic, fair-trade dark chocolate that is low in sugar and which has at least 70-85% cacao. I hope this helps!

      • Thank you for your helpful advice Shelley. I will start experimenting with the mentioned ingredients until I find the smoothie that works best for me :)

  9. I am going to give that recipe a try.

    I was talking to someone recently about allergies and she told me that most people have more of a food “sensitivity” than an allergy. She mentioned that one of the biggest signs of having a food allergy is bloating–we eat food that we are allergic to, our body gets inflamed. The inflammation is a way for our body to protect itself from the allergens that are caused by eating the food. Love the measures that the body goes to trying to PROTECT itself from this foreign substance that it does NOT like.
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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Rachel food sensitivity issues effect around 90% of people versus real food allergies. My company offers Alcat testing which is a very accurate way to determine which foods cause food sensitivities and chronic inflammation. Feel free to check out the information on testing by clicking on the Alcat link on the navigation bar at the top of my site.

  10. Love this recipe. Would like to share it and credit you on my site!

    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Thanks Blender Dude! You can share the link to my site on your social media. Please do not place the recipe on your site. I would be happy to create a special smoothie recipe post for inflammation for your site. Please contact me at aharmonyhealing@gmail.com if you are interested.

  11. I am suffering with osteoarthritus in my knees and am going to try this .Sounds DELICIOUS………..:)

    I just bought some avocados and looking for a great smoothie ……and there is one on your blog….

    Thank you for sharing your AWESOME BLOG….

  12. Hi Shelley,
    Injured my knee in the past week, so am making this today! Personally, I don’t like sugar, or even honey or stevia in my smoothies – I think they interfere with the fresh taste; I use apple and/or carrots to sweeten. And will add apple to this, as well as some fresh Meyer Lemon, too!
    Thanks for inspiring me to make my own Anti-Inflamatory Tonic! :-)
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    • Stephanie, I’m sorry to hear about your knee injury. I hope this smoothie helps you to start healing and getting rid of that inflammation! I bet apple will be a good addition to the blend, let me know how it turns out!
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      • thanks Shelley – it really is quite a eye-opening experience to not be able to use your knee! but it does seem to be (slowly) getting better. I do believe the smoothie is helping – I was having it 2x day, at about 1/2 – 3/4 C at a time. Today was the best day yet – swelling is down and much less pain!
        I made it with apple, and not having any fresh ginger used powdered, and also added bit extra black pepper and a 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne too, for increased blood circulation. It was delicious …and had quite a kick! thanks so much for a great recipe!

  13. These foods (those that come in a bag, box, package, or can) may cause chronic pain and inflammation for a number of reasons. Some of the pain causing ingredients you may find in processed foods include gluten, trans fats, high levels of omega-6 fatty acids, and artificial chemicals.
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  14. This is truly an epic recipe for anyone (like me) who suffers from IBS. I can’t even taste the tumeric powder which I’m been trying to incorporate more into my cooking.

    Thanks!

    Paula S
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  15. Karen K says:

    Sounds yummy but NOT for me, avocado is on my NO go list due to severe latex allergy. Got an alternative suggestion?

  16. Belinda D Fair says:

    I really enjoy your website because it is very educational. This smoothie sounds really good and nutritional so I am going to try it. Do you drink this daily or how often should we have it?? Also, is it safe for diabetics?? My parents are both diabetic and my dad has had a lot of issues with swelling. Please advice because I am anxious to make one. Thanking you in advance.

    • Thanks Belinda! You could drink my smoothie every day and just change out the leafy greens and fruits to vary the recipe and give you a wide range of healing nutrients. 2 cups of Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, mango, and pineapple would all work well in this recipe for the orange. For diabetics I would use the spring or purified water in place of the coconut water and the stevia instead of the raw honey. Use diabetic friendly fruits that are low in natural sugars and always include a healthy fat like the avocado or coconut meat or 1 tablespoon of coconut oil.
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  17. Hey Shelley, Will be trying your recipe this weekend. Cherries are also a known to be anti-inflammatory. Typically, most people use anti-inflammatory over-the-counter drugs like ibuprofen, (or other NSAIDs) but these meds can really mess up your digestive system, your heart, your liver, and your kidneys. The anthocyanins and phenols found in tart cherries have been shown to protect against muscle injury and damage. Just eating a hefty dose of tart cherries you can help your body recover faster and reduce joint pain. I will probably add 1 Tbsp. of tart cherry juice to your recipe (and see how it tastes…) Thanks for all the great info.
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  18. I just tried the avocado smoothie and had no oranges on hand so I used kiwi instead and it came out delicious & creamy! I always use chia seeds— LOVE them! Thank you for posting! xo

  19. Terrific post but I was wanting to know if you could write
    a litte more on this subject? I’d be very grateful if you could elaborate a little bit more.
    Many thanks!
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  20. jerome karam says:

    Shelley, Good web site you have here.. It’s hard to find quality writing like yours nowadays.
    I truly appreciate individuals like you! Take care!!
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  21. Cherlyn Mamaril says:

    What’s up, just wanted to mention, I enjoyed this blog post. It was inspiring. Keep on posting!|

  22. Shelley, I appreciate all of the work you have done. I am searching for the most nutrient dense and appealing ways to feed my 40 year old son. He has MS. I have other autoimmune disorders. (We have budget concerns.)
    I need this information.
    I am pinning and promoting you blog on skinny Scoop. I hope you don’t mind.
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  23. Hi Shelley – This smoothie looks great and I do believe anti inflammatory foods are important.
    I look forward to more smoothie recipes from you! Could you please write more about chia seeds and their benefits?

  24. This is a great idea. I like to be able to cure ailments with organic foods. Diabetes can be reversed in 3 weeks with no exercise by eating natural foods.

  25. Dear Shelley,

    By any chance, do you have any idea what is the calories for the smoothie recipe? I guess those who are concern about calories intake would dearly would like to know!
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