Yes, you can accomplish huge things today, and making this 5-minute anti-inflammatory smoothie should be one of them. Well, I’m not telling you what to do, but…just look at it
Now blend it & drink it. It’s gonna make you feel and look great forever.
Well, at least if you drink it a few more times.
Or you know, every day.
Made it last week, when I, again, realized I haven’t eaten any vegetable/fruit for two days.
Not even tomato sauce.
Not even ketchup or wine.
Yes, this is the smoothie that washed away ALL the guilt.
It’s the anti-inflammatory smoothie that pulled me out of the McDonald’s eating hole I fall into once a year.
I didn’t see any rabbits or crazy people in there, but I met some soul-less burgers and very very sad lookin’ french fries.
Now back to the smoothie and the anti-inflammatory diet part.
What are we looking for in an anti-inflammatory recipe?
Well there are a few things you need in an anti-inflammatory recipe:
- omega-3 fatty acids
- low (or lower) glycemic load
The recipe also needs to be low in saturated fats (yes, it means no butter or red meat) and be as unprocessed as possible (so no baking/frying). (Here’s a guide to anti-inflammatory diet)
Check, check, and check anti-inflammatory smoothie!
FIY: according to this calculator, one serving of this smoothie has a glycemic load of 7. Which is considered low.
Let’s take a look at those ingredients.
Flaxseeds – for omega-3’s, have the best omega-3/omega-6 ratio, important to reduce inflammation
Berries – rich in antioxidants like anthocyanin and vitamin C
Lemon – alkalizing and good source of vitamin C and limonoids (antioxidants)
Banana – for potassium and prebiotics
Cinnamon – anti-inflammatory and has anti-diabetic properties
Ginger – a powerful anti-inflammatory food that has many other health benefits – use this one in small amounts
- 1 cup frozen mixed berries
- some fresh ginger
- 1 lemon, juice of
- 1 tbsp flaxseeds + 3 tbsp water
- 1 cup water (to cover)
- 1 banana
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- Put all the ingredients into your blender and blend until smooth. With my blender it takes about 2min. I blend first at lower speed and increase with at the end.
I like to soak and pre-blend the flaxseeds with 3 tbsp water (I use a nut grinder for this), I found it makes them softer and the smoothie, well, smoother.
Well, and that is it! I hope you enjoy this smoothie and it makes you feel great today!
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