I recently taught a cooking class on smoothies (I guess technically there was more 'blending' than 'cooking') and I asked why do we drink smoothies?
The consensus (and correct answer) is so that we can get a variety of healthy foods in one simple drink that is easy to take on the go. It is a great way to add more greens, fibre and healthy fats to your day.
Are you ready to make your smoothie even more healthy? A few shakes of these beautiful ingredients will give you tons of anti-inflammatory benefits - helping fight disease and free radicals.
The great news? You only need a little bit and it will take you literally a second...
Here are three ways you can make your smoothie anti-inflammatory.
Add 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon to any smoothie. It tastes great and has amazing anti-inflammatory properties that are good for your digestive system. It can help clear unwanted particles and food in your gut and keep your liver functioning well.
It is also an excellent source of antioxidants. Adding just a half teaspoon to your smoothie brings the antioxidant power from 20 units to 120 units!
Learn more about the awesome health benefits of this delicious spice: Ingredient Spotlight: Sprinkle on the Cinnamon
Add 1/4 teaspoon of ground turmeric to your favourite smoothie. Yes, it has a distinct flavour - I find it is best when combined with mango, orange or banana along with greens to start. The more you get used to it, the less sweet fruit you will need.
Studies have shown turmeric may play a role in helping prevent or treat lung and brain disease and pancreatic cancer. It has also been shown to help effectively treat rheumatoid arthritis and also may be effective in treating osteoarthritis and other inflammatory conditions. So basically very anti-inflammatory! Read more about it here: Ingredient Spotlight: Turmeric & Why You Need It Everyday
I love to use fresh ginger in my smoothies. I buy a couple of large pieces, peel them and cut them into 1/2" pieces and then put them in the freezer so they are always quick and ready. You can also use 1/4 teaspoon of ground ginger. It has a spicy taste and is very healing for your digestive system.
Ginger contains very potent anti-inflammatory compounds called gingerols that reduce inflammation in the body. Ginger is also a great immunity booster and has warm, grounding energy for optiaml health, especially in the cold fall and winter.
Other great smoothies to try
Kim is passionate about teaching others how to eat mindfully and live vibrantly. A series of chronic health issues gave her the motivation to learn about the relationship between her health and her diet. After embracing a plant-based diet and figuring out how to maintain a social life, enjoy travelling and ensuring she was getting all the correct nutrients and minerals - Kim realized how great she felt and how happy she was in her lifestyle.
She founded Picky Diet to share this with the world so that they might realize that they too can live happy and healthy with only a few small changes. A graduate of the Health and Nutrition Coaching program from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, she is a Board Certified Integrative Health & Nutrition Coach and works with both individuals and corporations on nutrition and whole-body wellness.