Anti-inflammatory Green Recovery Smoothie

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Happy May everyone! Spring has FINALLY arrived in NYC meaning that everyone is ready to take advantage of the outdoors and the running paths are more packed than ever.

Usually my first run of the season leaves my muscles feeling pretty sore so I love cooling off with this anti-inflammatory recovery smoothie filled with certain fruits, veggies and spices that are known for minimizing inflammation. It’s simple to add many of these ingredients into a nutrient-dense smoothie. Plus you''ll reap the benefits of improved digestion and reduced muscle and joint ache.  Most importantly - it tastes delicious and refreshing too!

Check out my favorite anti-inflammatory smoothie ingredients and  a full recipe below :) 

Leafy greens: Such as spinach or kale are chock-full of chlorophyll, which gives the blood and body energy. Greens are also rich in the mineral magnesium, known to help reduce inflammation.

Berries: Blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, or strawberries help to sweeten up your smoothie with the added benefit of anti-inflammatory boosting flavanoids. 

Pineapple: Pineapple contains a natural enzyme called bromelain. Bromelain enters the bloodstream and helps break down proteins involved in the inflammation pathway.

Turmeric: Turmeric is rich in curcumin, which has potent anti-inflammatory benefits.

Ginger: In the same family as turmeric, ginger is a root that not only helps fight inflammation but also helps upset stomach. It's great for digestion and belly bloat.

Ground Flax or Chia: Both are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. These are healthy fats the body requires but you must get from your diet. Research supports the belief that omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation and reduce the risk for heart disease and alleviate pain associated with arthritis. 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 cup almond milk (unsweetened)
  • 1/2 cup diced pineapple (fresh or frozen)
  • 1/4 avocado
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh ginger
  • ¼ to ½ teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax or chia seeds
  • Ice (optional)
  • Collagen peptides or protein powder (optional)

Directions:

1. Add all ingredients in blender, except for ice, and blend until smooth. Once combined, add an optional ½ to 1 cup of ice, depending on how cold and/or icy you want your shake to be!

*Note: Fruits can be fresh or frozen.