Doctors have learned that one of the best ways to reduce inflammation and improve your overall health is by eating the right foods. These Anti-inflammatory smoothies recipes can help you do just that! When you eat anti-inflammatory foods, you can help to protect your body from potentially life-threatening diseases and fight inflammation for good.
What Is Inflammation?
Inflammation is the process of the white blood cells in our bodies protecting us from bacteria and viruses.
However, in some diseases such as arthritis, our body’s immune system triggers an inflammatory response when there is no bacteria or virus present. In these types of autoimmune diseases, the immune system thinks that the body is infected and causes damage.
Benefits of an Anti-Inflammatory Diet
Certain foods have anti-inflammatory properties, this includes foods rich in antioxidants such as berries. Foods rich in antioxidants fight chemicals in the body that cause long-term damage and can increase inflammation.
Because what we eat influences the levels of inflammation in our bodies, following anti-inflammatory recipes can help to keep chronic inflammation at bay and prevent potentially life-threatening conditions such as arthritis, heart disease and cancer.
Anti-inflammatory smoothie ingredients
Studies suggest that people who have a diet high in fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and healthy oils have a reduced risk of inflammation than those who follow a diet rich in fats.
Anti-inflammatory foods include:
- Berries (such as blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries)
- Dairy-free milk
- Dark chocolate (at least 70% cocoa)
- Flax seed
- Herbs and spices (ginger, turmeric, garlic)
- Nuts and nut butter
- Sweet potatoes
- Whole grains
Foods to Avoid
There are a variety of foods that increase inflammation including those that are high in omega-6 fatty acids. Although these fatty acids are vital for bone health, brain function and metabolism, when you consume a diet rich in omega-6 fatty acids it can have a negative effect. High GI foods can also increase inflammation.
If you suffer from inflammation it’s best to keep the below foods to a minimum:
- High-fat dairy products (such as milk, cheese, butter, and ice cream)
- Red meat
- Refined grains (white carbohydrates)
- Processed foods
- Sugary foods (sweets etc)
Anti-inflammatory smoothie recipes
Smoothies are a great way to get plenty of anti-inflammatory ingredients into your body. Because they can be blended with a variety of ingredients, they can help you get everything you need into your body.
Filling up the body with real food isn’t just a great way to get your daily intake of fruit and vegetables into your diet, it can also help you feel fuller for longer and ease many of the symptoms associated with inflammation.
Foods high in antioxidants such as berries, dark leafy greens, dark chocolate and healthy fats like avocados help to reduce the levels of free radicals in the body that cause damage to your cells. Antioxidant-rich foods are vital for every diet as they are important for your health. They help to balance your immune system, fight disease and slow ageing.
For more information on smoothies in general and how best to prepare them, check out my #Funky5 Food Freedom Challenge
Enjoy one of these anti-inflammatory smoothies recipes that will help to reduce inflammation and keep you feeling your best all day long:
Funky5 Green smoothie
If you’re looking for a super creamy and delicious smoothie recipe that will help with reducing inflammation look no further than this gorgeous healthy green smoothie. Perfect as a snack or for breakfast, this smoothie is jam-packed full of quality ingredients and heart-healthy monounsaturated fats to help reduce inflammation and joint pain.
- 250ml coconut milk
- 1 handful of spinach
- 1 thumb of fresh ginger
- 1 small frozen banana
- 1/2 teaspoon chia seeds (optional)
- 4 ice cubes
In a high-speed blender, add the milk, spinach, ginger, banana, seeds and ice cubes and blend until smooth. If it’s too thick, add more milk. Serve over ice and enjoy!
Funky5 Tropical turmeric smoothie
This 5-minute anti-inflammatory smoothie recipe is absolutely delicious and will remind you of sipping cocktails on a golden, sandy beach. Not only is this smoothie dairy-free and paleo, but it’s also perfect for anyone suffering from rheumatoid arthritis pain as the ingredients can help to decrease inflammation.
- 1/2 teaspoon of ground turmeric
- 1 handful of frozen pineapple
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1/2 a lime squeezed
- 30g plant-based protein powder
- 250ml almond milk
In a high-powered blender, add in all your ingredients and blend until you get a nice creamy texture. Serve in a tall glass over ice and enjoy everything this smoothie has to offer!
Funky5 Immune-boosting anti-inflammatory smoothie
This anti-inflammatory smoothie recipe is loaded with healthy fats and immune-boosting nutrients such as carrot, ginger and fresh turmeric. Help to reduce inflammation and improve skin, joints, hair, heart and mood with this gorgeous smoothie recipe!
- 1 teaspoon of almond butter
- 1/2 a carrot
- A handful of frozen fruit (banana and pineapple)
- 175ml orange juice
- 1/2 teaspoon fresh turmeric
- Sprinkle with black pepper (this helps with the absorption of turmeric)
Funky5 Berry anti-inflammatory smoothie recipe
Fight inflammation with this delicious berry smoothie recipe. Ideal as a breakfast or snack on the go.
- 250ml dairy-free milk
- 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 a frozen banana
- 2 handfuls of spinach
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 handfuls blueberries
- 1 handful raspberries
Combine all ingredients in a high-powered blender and blend until smooth. Serve immediately in a tall glass over ice.
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