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This is a very powerful energizing anti-inflammatory green smoothie recipe!
The best part of this recipe base is you can swap out flavors depending on what fruits are in season or what you are in the mood for.
One question I get asked on Instagram all the time is how I deal with arthritic flares. No matter how healthy you are or how well you are doing, flares can hit you hard anytime. Recently, I dealt with a pretty rough one. I was doing great, then I started having elbow pain, swelling, and stiffness. Next thing I knew, my foot, ankle, hip, and knee starting plaguing me all at once
When that happens, I whip out all my chemistry hacks for fighting pain and inflammation.
First, my collagen concoction is definitely on repeat with an extra tablespoon of apple cider vinegar. I make sure to take all of my supplements and vitamins each morning. Keeping up with home workouts without fail is also helpful! To deal with pain, I use all these little tips and tricks to get relief.
And most importantly, I watch my diet. I keep it mainly plant based with some fish and lean meats.
This smoothie is a key to making your body feel great first thing. Even if you don’t have an inflammatory issue, it is great for mood, energy, weight loss, and more.
1 cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 cup of alkaline water**
1 scoop of plant based protein powder
2 tsp lemon powder (or 1/2 lemon peel)
1/2 frozen banana
1 pitted date
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tablespoon ground Flax seeds
1 cup loosed packed spinach
1 scoop super food greens
1 cup fruit of choice (change depending on season or preference)
Cocoa powder if using chocolate protein
Add unsweetened coconut flakes with coconut milk if using pineapple, mango, or other tropical fruit.
- Blend well until smooth. You can eliminate the spinach if using the super food green powder, but I like to use both!
- The date is also optional, but it adds the sweetest and best flavor. Plus dates are really great for you too! If you watch sugar content, just leave the dates out.
Benefits of Chemistry Cachet’s Anti-inflammatory Smoothie
**Alkaline water is the first key ingredient to fighting inflammation. Read more about this here. If you don’t have alkaline water, check out your grocery store to see what options they have. Most have mineral waters that are alkaline. The bottle will say alkaline or show the pH. Look for a pH above 7.5.
Almond milk is great for smoothies. You can also use coconut milk.
Using a healthy fat is always a good idea for a smoothie because it is filling plus healthy fats contain many great health benefits. Flax seeds are one of my favorite sources for fats, and they have great inflammatory fighting benefits. Bonus: if you keep these on hand, they can also be used as an egg substitute!
I talked about super food greens last year in this post. It is an awesome supplement for your diet. One scoop packs a HUGE punch of anti-oxidants, minerals, and vitamins which would take large amounts of fruits and vegetables to get the equivalent. I always add this to my diet when I am dealing with inflammation. If you don’t have this one hand, make the smoothie with a few cups of spinach. It won’t be as powerful, but still healthy!
I recommend using cinnamon whenever possible because it is a fantastic chemical. Read this post on the chemistry behind true cinnamon and how beneficial it is for your body. Anytime I make a smoothie, this is always in it!
The cinnamon doesn’t do much for flavor in this, but it is a great addition for inflammation
Lemon is such a great anti-inflammatory. You can read the chemistry behind lemon in this post from last year.
My favorite way to get lemon in a smoothie is to use lemon powder! Check out this tutorial on that, plus why it is the way to go.
Protein powder is an important aspect if you eat a plant based diet. Plants contain protein, but not as much as meat. I like to use a plant based protein powder (Vega has been my favorite brand so far) or an egg white protein powder. Always stick with an organic brand that has minimal ingredients. Some contain so many chemicals, it defeats the purpose.
Variations I love
Try using chocolate protein powder and strawberries for a chocolate covered strawberry addition. Similar to this smoothie I shared a few years ago. Keep the base the same!