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.
I would love to hear from you! What are your favourite ways to make your smoothie super healthy? Let me know in the comments below...