Thirsty Thursday Healthy Cocktail

Anti-Inflammatory Green Smoothie

Many of our aches, pains, discomforts, and otherwise “icky” feelings are caused by inflammation.  Inflammation can affect nearly every aspect of our bodies, including weight gain, skin abnormalities, headaches, and depression.

Fortunately, there are specific foods and spices you can consume to help alleviate inflammatory symptoms.

Mix the ingredients listed below in your blender and drink up!

Soon, you will think clearer, feel healthier, and be happier!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Frozen or Fresh Pineapple Chunks
  • 1 handful of Arugula
  • 1 handful of Spinach and Kale (may use only one type of leafy green instead)
  • 1/2 inch Fresh Ginger Root (peeled)
  • 1 1/2 cups Coconut Water and/or Green Tea
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground Turmeric Powder (or 1/2 inch Fresh Turmeric Root)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • Ice (amount desired)
  • *Optional:  1 scoop Protein Powder (will provide a thicker consistency)
  • *Optional:  Additional water (will provide a thinner consistency)

Directions

Blend ingredients.  Pour in a glass, and top with a tablespoon of chia seeds and/or a handful of walnuts. Enjoy!

Image source:  MindBodyGreen

Image source: MindBodyGreen

Reference:

Govoni, A.J. (2014). “Anti-Inflammatory Green Smoothie with Turmeric.”  doi:  http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-12885/anti-inflammatory-green-smoothie-with-turmeric.html.  Accessed on March 19, 2014.

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About rrluthi

Certified fitness expert with a passion for educating and empowering the 55 and better "chronologically-enriched" population about the benefits of adopting and maintaining an active, healthy lifestyle, preventing injury, and feeling good. Proven strengths applying cutting-edge fitness/wellness concepts and research through roles as a health coach, fitness trainer, and group exercise instructor—in addition to promoting these concepts in a more systematic way through blogging and social media, community outreach, public speaking, corporate wellness program facilitation and senior fitness program support.
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