Tuesday, September 11, 2012

An Anti-Inflammation Smoothie

Inflammation can be good, when our body need to heal or recover.  Inflammation can be bad when it is ongoing or caused by stress or other outside factors.
I ran my first 10K last June and since that time I have steadily put on about 8 pounds.  Some of it is probably muscle, but, when I mentioned my problem to a few runners that I know they said it could be caused by inflammation brought on by the training and race and even running in the hot temperatures this summer.  Training and running a 10K is not necessarily on any of the short lists out there of what causes inflammation, but, my legs do feel swollen and I have had joint pain, so it made sense to me.
Last week I participated in the Green Smoothie Challenge and during that time I decided to try to make a smoothie with as many natural anti-inflammatory ingredients as possible.
A quick Google search provides more than enough information and I went with this article from TheConsciouslife.com  I really liked it because it gave the top 10 anti-inflammatory foods along with a "sidekick" (I love substitutions and add-ons) and an "arch-enemy", meaning that the food listed should be avoided.
The smoothie ended up being purple rather than green so that is why I saved it to post after the challenge :)

Anti-Inflammation Smoothie

8 ounces green tea
2 cups frozen blueberries
1 cup fresh (or frozen) raspberries
2 handfuls fresh organic spinach
1/4-1 tsp ginger (fresh or freeze dried) depending on your taste buds
1teaspoon local honey

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend on "smoothie" setting until smooth.  I actually ended up using an immersion blender to completely blend the berries.  I think I will use it from now on for smoothies.

Remember:  A little ginger goes a long way and it has a kick.  If you have never used ginger in a smoothie before I would suggest starting with 1/4 tsp and working your way up.  

Pretty much everything in our daily lives can cause inflammation (stress, pollutants, too much sugar intake, an unbalanced diet) so I would recommend this smoothie to anyone.  

Not the prettiest.  But not the ugliest, either!


  1. Thank you for posting this, doll! My mom is having surgery on Friday and I'm pumping her full of anti-inflammatory foods. This will be great for when she's home recovering!

    1. I hope the surgery goes well! Go easy on the ginger at first...it's an acquired taste ;)


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