Did you overindulge during the holidays?
Two weeks later, I still feel bloated, heavy, and just blah. It seems as though it’s taking longer than usual to feel back to “normal”. It’s kind of like I have a really big holiday hangover.
Please tell me that some of you can relate.
The good news? This smoothie will help.
No, it’s not going to suddenly make you ten years younger or cause you to lose 10 lbs overnight, but it will help you heal some of that inflammation caused by the overindulgences that come with the holiday season.
Because this smoothie contains not one, but two anti-inflammatory powerhouses: turmeric and blueberries.
I know turmeric has been buzzy lately, but I assure you it’s not just a trend. In fact, this root (although most of us are more familiar with it in a spice jar) has been used for its medicinal properties for thousands of years (1). The reason it wasn’t familiar to many of us until recently is that modern medicine has only begun to recognize its benefits in the past few decades. Since then, there have been more than 3,000 publications about turmeric.
While turmeric has a long list of benefits, including strong antimicrobial and antifungal properties, in this smoothie I am specifically using it for its anti-inflammatory power, which comes from its main active ingredient – curcumin.
Unfortunately, the human body has difficulty absorbing curcumin on its own. However, studies have shown that consuming black pepper (piperine) with turmeric can increase the body’s absorption of curcumin as much as 2000% (2).
Which means that, as a side note, any good quality turmeric tea or supplement should contain black pepper (or its active ingredient, piperine) as well. Double check the ingredient label to be sure it does.
With turmeric, I suggest starting with a small amount and increasing from there to let your body adjust to the taste. And, as always, I strongly suggest using a high-quality plant-based protein powder – my favorite is vanilla. It really helps to neutralize any competing flavors, while simultaneously turning off hunger hormones because of the protein.
Rich in antioxidants, blueberries are delicious inflammation fighting machines. In addition to fighting inflammation, blueberries have been shown to boost brain health, support digestion, and promote heart health (3). That’s a whole lot of power for one little fruit.
Ready to get your blender out??
An anti-inflammatory smoothie that is just as tasty as it is functional.
- 1 cup unsweetened almond or coconut milk
- 1 cup frozen cauliflower or zucchini (or both), organic when possible
- 1/4 cup blueberries, organic when possible
- 1–2 tbsp raw almond butter, make sure the only ingredient is almonds
- 1/2 tsp turmeric
- pinch of black pepper (to increase the anti-inflammatory power of the turmeric – no, you won’t taste it)
- 1 serving high-quality plant-based protein powder (I like vanilla)
- 1 cup of organic spinach (optional)
- Optional add-ins: chia seeds, maca powder, almonds
- Add all ingredients to a high-powered blender and blend until smooth.
- With the turmeric, I suggest starting with a small amount and increasing from there to let your body adjust to the taste.
- As always, I strongly suggest using a high-quality plant-based protein powder – my favorite is vanilla. It really helps to neutralize any competing flavors, while simultaneously turning off hunger hormones because of the protein.
Keywords: anti-inflammatory, smoothie, breakfast, turmeric