I battle with inflammation in my body and it’s a pain! I mean, it really does create pain and discomfort that I could do without. The problem is, physicians don’t seem to want to tell you how to naturally treat it without medication and it seams that medication just manages it and doesn’t fix the problem! Are you with me on this? Now, I’m not anti-meds, but I do think the less we take, the healthier we will be and the better we_will_feel. I’m on a journey to get my inflammation and pain under control and even eliminated, the natural way, and you’re invited to come along with me!
I have been doing some research on anti-inflammatory foods and I’ve read about several foods that studies show really do work. I’ve also talked to a few people that are living the results! So, I’m game to try it too. So, I’m working on a series of Smoothie recipes that are not only tasty and healthy in many ways, some will be especially good for targeting inflammation… Including this one.
Leafy greens such as Kale, Spinach and Beet leaves are a good source of flavonoids which is believed to help fight inflammation. Ginger, turmeric, berries and even cacao are also a great resource of anti-inflammatory properties, just to name a few. These ingredients will play a large part in my smoothie recipes coming your way.
This Kale and Strawberry Avocado Smoothie has a combination of Kale, Strawberries, Avocado and fresh ginger root, all of which help combat inflammation. With a substantial amount of vitamin K, avocados also help maintain healthy bones, which is a nice bonus. While Paul wasn’t a fan of the avocado, I felt it gave it a nice creamy texture. For his, I just leave it out. Add a little blue agave sweetener and it’s as lovely as a fresh new spring day!
Here’s how I make it.
Kale and Strawberry Avocado Smoothie
In the container of your blender, layer the fresh or frozen strawberries, chopped ginger, agave and water. Top that with the kale and avocado.
If you have a traditional inexpensive blender like mine, it’s important to layer the ingredients with higher concentrates of liquid on the bottom along with any other liquids first. That way, the blender will have something to help grab the leafy vegetables and pulverize them.
If you like a thicker smoothie, use frozen fruit and very cold water.
Blend on high until it’s smooth and creamy. Depending on your blender style, this can take from a few seconds to 30 seconds. I have a typical inexpensive brand and it took less than 30 seconds.
This smoothie had a creamy texture that surprised me with a beautiful fruity flavor. The kale is really mild and doesn’t dominate the flavors. I love it for breakfast!
That’s about as easy as you can get!
Here’s another smoothie recipe you may be interested in…
Purple Spinach Smoothie This smoothie has anti-inflammatory properties from the spinach, strawberries, blueberries, lime and orange juice if fresh squeezed.
Here’s the printer friendly recipe.