When it comes to breakfast, I don’t skim on packing all the veggies, fruits, protein, carbs and healthy fats. I love a nutrient-dense smoothie in the morning to fuel an energetic day. This Anti-Inflammatory, Immune-Boosting Berry Ginger Smoothie Bowl is one of my go-to. It is dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan, also full of anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting ingredients. The ingredients you will need for this anti-inflammatory smoothie recipe are very accessible, that you can easily find in any grocery store or farmer’s market.
How to use foods to reduce Chronic Inflammation
Inflammation refers to our bodies’ process of fighting infections, injuries and toxins. Excessive and chronic inflammation happens when these responses linger, which means our bodies are in a constant state of alert. This can cause fatigue, heart disease, obesity, and more (read more here). Excess inflammation can be triggered by a diet heavy in processed foods, refined sugars and carbohydrates. In order to prevent and reduce the inflammation in our body, there are many anti-inflammatory foods (read more here) such as:
- chia seeds
- leafy greens
- tart cherries
- hemp seeds
Benefits of Berry and Ginger
This Berry Ginger Anti-Inflammatory Smoothie scored 3 of my favorite in this list. Firstly, the main ingredients are assorted berries and 1 inch of fresh ginger. Then I also used soaked chia seeds as my smoothie base. (This is one of my favorite tricks for making creamy smoothies. Soaking 1 tbsp of chia seeds in 1/4 cup of nut milk for 5 -10 minute until the chia seeds expand into gel-like texture. Then, blend this”chia pudding” with all the other ingredients). These little power-houses are my go-to smoothie ingredients not only because they taste delicious, but also are they packed with micro-nutrients.
In addition to the anti-inflammatory property, ginger is also great for immune-boost, digestion and reducing muscle pain. Berries are packed with antioxidant, fibers and vitamins. They also have low glycemic index – less likely to cause blood sugar spikes. I am a big believer in functional foods – the foods that are meant to promote optimal health and help reduce the risk of diseases.
For more ideas and fun ways to “sneak” anti-inflammatory foods in your daily routine, check out my “Golden Milk Snack Bars” and “Sugar- Free Chia Jam“. Now enjoy this quick and delicious Berry Ginger Anti-Inflammatory Smoothie, and kick off your day to a great start.
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- 1 cup assorted berries
- 1 inch fresh ginger
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1/2 cup nut milk
- 1 cup steamed then frozen cauliflower
- 1 scoop protein power of choice (optional)
- Soak 1 tbsp of chia seeds in nut milk for 5 - 10 minute until the chia seeds expand into gel-like texture.
- Blend this "chia pudding" with the rest of the ingredients
- Top with your favorite fruit, nuts and granola