A smoothie is a simple way to get a ton of nutrition in one quick glass.
If you're making yours with greens like kale, spinach or chard and berries, your smoothie is already anti-inflammatory (nice work ;-).
However, adding in one or two of these simple antioxidant rich ingredients will make it even more anti-inflammatory.
And because I try to keep things easy, you probably already have some of them in your kitchen...
Add 1/4 or 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon to any smoothie. It tastes great and has 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's also an excellent source of antioxidants.
Add 1/4 teaspoon (yep, that's all you need) of ground turmeric to your favourite smoothie. Although it has a distinct flavour, when you blend it with your favourite greens and frozen fruit you won't even notice it!
Studies have shown turmeric may play a role in helping prevent and reduce symptoms from many inflammatory conditions.
This is the easiest way to get in turmeric without having to make a meal based around it's flavour.
I love to use a small piece of fresh ginger in my smoothies. To make this quick and easy, buy a couple large ginger roots, peel them, cut them into 1/2 inch pieces and freeze them so you have them ready to go. You can also use 1/4 teaspoon of ground ginger.
Ginger contains very potent anti-inflammatory compounds called gingerols that reduce inflammation in the body. It supports your immune system and is very healing and soothing for your digestive system.
Matcha green tea powder is one of the most anti-inflammatory and antioxidant rich foods on the planet! Unlike the green tea you steep in a tea bag, matcha is the full ground up tea leaf so you're consuming all the nutrition from the whole leaf, not just the water steeped in it.
Traditionally, matcha is consumed as a tea (you whisk it into hot water) but adding 1/2 a teaspoon to your smoothie is a quick, easy way to get it without having to fuss with the kettle.
Matcha contains caffeine so be mindful when you have it, if that keeps you up at night.
I'd love to hear from you! What are your favourite smoothie ingredients or combos? Let me know in the comments below...