7 Easy Anti-Inflammatory Smoothie Recipes
Chronic inflammation is serious, which means we need to take our anti-inflammatory efforts seriously. But that doesn’t mean it always has to be boring and difficult. Lowering the inflammation that causes chronic diseases, fatigue, and pain could be as simple as sipping on a creamy smoothie.
I’ve gathered 7 tasty smoothie recipes that are packed with anti-inflammatory ingredients. After all, food can be one of our best sources of real medicine.
Top Anti-Inflammatory Smoothie Ingredients to Include
Here’s the good news: there are so many delicious smoothie-approved foods and spices that also help your body combat chronic inflammation. Below you will find some of the top ingredients that have been shown both to lower inflammation and boost overall health. This list is not exhaustive, but it’s a great place to start.
- Cruciferous vegetables (like kale)
- Leafy greens (like spinach)
- Root veggies (like carrots and beets)
- Omega-3s (like flaxseed)
- Chia seeds
- Nuts/nut milk
- Green tea (iced and unsweetened)
The #1 Worst Anti-Inflammatory Smoothie Ingredients to Avoid
Now that we’ve spent time going over all the many smoothie ingredient options that will help decrease inflammation in your body, let’s discuss the most important ingredient to avoid.
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Things like fruit and coconut water all have plenty of natural sugar. There is absolutely no reason to add extra sugar like honey or fruit juice into your smoothie. Remember that sugar is one of the worst foods for inflammation.
Stick with unsweetened nut milks or unsweetened coconut water. You can also add some freshly squeezed veggie juices (like celery).
Your 7 Anti-Inflammatory Smoothie Recipes
Now let’s get to our roundup of 7 anti-inflammatory smoothies that taste great and improve your health at the same time. You’ll notice some repeated ingredients – turmeric and ginger are quite popular – but there are lots of different ways to incorporate them as you’re about to see.
1. Carrot Ginger Turmeric Smoothie by Minimalist Baker
This is a seriously gorgeous orange smoothie filled with antioxidants and vitamins – as well as those helpful turmeric and ginger ingredients. The sweetness comes from bananas, pineapple, and fresh carrot juice. The recipe calls for unsweetened almond milk, so you won’t be faced with a sugar high.
2. Simple Anti-Inflammatory Smoothie by Green Press
This easy smoothie combines most of our top anti-inflammatory ingredients and blends it all up with tasty coconut water. It even adds full walnuts! The recipe creator adds a bit of honey, but you certainly don’t need it with all that naturally sweet pineapple. Watch this video to see exactly how to make it:
3. Ginger Berry Anti-Inflammatory Smoothie by Food Babe
Here’s the deal: this smoothie may not be the most beautiful thing you’ve seen. It’s green and a bit sludgy looking (thanks to its two cups of greens!). But don’t let that fool you into believing it doesn’t taste divine. The combo of frozen berries and ginger makes it extremely refreshing.
4. Doctor Designed Anti-Inflammatory and Gut Healing Smoothie by Amy Myers MD
Not only does this tasty tropical smoothie include so many of our anti-inflammatory ingredients (like mango, ginger, cinnamon, flaxseeds, etc.), but it also suggests adding two extra powders that pack a punch:
- L-glutamine powder: Amino acids that improves gut and immune system
- Probiotic powder: Good bacteria essential for a healthy body and immune system
5. Anti-inflammatory Recipes: Chocolate Blueberry Smoothie
Check out the video instructions here:
6. Beet Anti-Inflammatory Smoothie by The Roasted Root
Our first smoothie included one type of root veggie, carrots, now we’re going to see another, beets. Since strawberries are included as well, this is a vibrantly red smoothie packed with plenty of our anti-inflammatory ingredients like ginger. This smoothie is definitely a great way to get in an extra vegetable at the start of your day.
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7. Butternut Squash, Ginger, Turmeric, Carrot Smoothie by Makings Of
The last smoothie on this list includes most of the same fabulous anti-inflammatory ingredients we’ve seen throughout this list; things like: ginger, turmeric, mango, etc. But it comes with a surprise punch: frozen butternut squash. Consider replacing the orange juice with coconut water or unsweetened nut milk.
Smoothie Bowl Tip
If you want a heartier breakfast or lunch that adds some extra anti-inflammatory benefits, turn any of these smoothie recipes into a smoothie bowl. It’s easy; add a little less of the suggested liquid. The consistency will be like frozen yogurt.
This thicker mixture is the perfect base for ingredients like walnuts, cashews, chia seeds, goji berries, unsweetened coconut flakes, and more.
No More Inflammation
Now you have 7 examples of the tastiest ways to get those incredible anti-inflammatory nutrients into your body. But don’t think it stops there. Supplements that include things like turmeric and ginger are phenomenal ways to lower your inflammation regularly.