This nourishing anti-inflammatory smoothie is perfect for all around wellness or as a post-workout recovery drink! Filled with cherries, blueberries, turmeric, and cinnamon, the anti-inflammatory healing power will act like magic in the body!
I am a blogger who does not care for smoothies. I know! You probably are going to X-out this post and quickly move on to a blogger who adores smoothies and posts their colorful drinkable creations all over instagram. Really though, I just like to CHEW my food if I've hungry. Drinking is for water, coffee, tea, and my weird "protein milk" creations (i.e. I just stir in the scoop of protein powder in my glass of almond milk and eat it with a spoon...don't judge, it's good!).
But sometimes a smoothie will sit well in my mind and thus my stomach. Don't get me wrong, the beautiful creamy creations I see on the blogs have my mouth-watering at times. but when push comes to shove, I really just never physically crave a smoothie. However, that doesn't mean my life is deprived of the blended up creations. With 50 thousand blenders (and one damn beautiful piece of kitchen-cookery-greatness waiting for me back in NJ), it's only right that this foodie delves into a bit of smoothie concoction blending.
This has been a favorite blend of mine since my post-op wisdom teeth debacle back in the summer. I created it then as something easy to eat as well as an anti-inflammatory "medicine". I still love the blend and like to pretend it does have magic powers (maybe it does?). It has all my favorite anti-inflammatory goodies and is packed with nutrients to make a body, mind, and tummy happy. You can even add protein if you want it to be a post-workout option. Anti-inflammatory goodness and protein, that's a great way to get those muscles to recover and build!
Cherries and blueberries, I think, are the perfect fruits to add to a smoothie for all-natural sweetness. Frozen, they make a smoothie so creamy and just so perfectly sweet! Their antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties are #1 too. Plus cinnamon and turmeric are the BEST anti-inflammatory spices you can add to your diet. I consume these by the gallon (I use them every day in some way!).
Anti-Inflammatory Cherry Smoothie
Ingredients: (serves 1)
+ ½ Cup Frozen Cherries
+ ½ Cup Frozen Blueberries
+ ¼ Tsp Cinnamon
+ ¼ Tsp Turmeric (you can use fresh if you want more benefits!)
+ 2 Cups of Escarole (or other green)
+ 1 Scoop of Chocolate Protein Powder (I used Sunwarrior Warrior Blend)
+ 1 Cup Non-Dairy Milk or Water
+ 5 Ice Cubes
+ In a blender, combine all ingredients and blend until smooth. 🙂
I don't "measure" my smoothie ingredients, so those are just approximations. Feel free to add more or less of anything! Also, Sunwarrior sent me samples to review and I have to say, I was super excited! I had always wanted to try Sunwarrior...for years...and I finally got to! I'm impressed, which is hard for this protein powder snob, but Sunwarrior is pretty tasty! (Thanks Sunwarrior! My curiosity is finally settled!)
So tell me:
+ What's your favorite anti-inflammatory food? Turmeric!
+ Are you smoothie obsessed?
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