Monday, December 23, 2013

Refreshing and Anti-inflammatory Berry Smoothie!

Each and every morning I start my day with a cup of French Press coffee.  It is truly one of lifes simple pleasures that I enjoy and have no desire to give up or cut out of my diet. Immediately following coffee, I make a fruit smoothie that is full of all things anti-inflammatory to get me going on the right track.  I have had many requests for my recipe, so I finally measured the ingredients and included it at the bottom of this post.

First off, I use my Magic Bullet which is the most incredible invention of all times.  I found one last summer at a yard sale for 50 cents and couldn't resist.  I gave it a try and I have been hooked ever since.  By the way, right now Costco has an amazing special on these with all kinds of extra cups and blades.

Into a blending cup, I add Flaxseed Meal which is a great source of Omega 3's, vital to good health and fighting excess inflammation.  I also add Greek Yogurt for calcium and to get the necessary probiotics needed for intestinal health. Greek Yogurt is also high in protein.  POM juice is pomegranate which is completely calming for inflammation.  Last of all, I add minced ginger.  Ginger is such an anti-inflammatory that, for me, it works better than ibuprofen for minor inflammation.  I purchase the ginger in a tube for easy use. Not pictured are the frozen berries that I use for fiber and vitamins.  Using frozen berries rather than fresh allows for a cold smoothie without watering it down with ice.  After blending I just take the blade off of the blending mug and add a straw.  Perfection :)

Anti-Inflammatory Berry Smoothie

3/4 cup frozen berries
3/4 cup POM
1 tablespoon flax meal *
1 teaspoon minced ginger
2 heaping tablespoons of non-fat Greek yogurt

Place all ingredients in blender or Magic Bullet cup and blend until smooth.  Enjoy :) 
*If you are not ingesting flax on a regular basis I recommend starting with a teaspoon and gradually and more so your body accepts it better.

* I am now adding 1 teaspoon of Organic Greens Complex to my smoothie.  You get all the greens you would ever need in one small scoop.  

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