Anti-Inflammatory Tropical Smoothie

I fell in love with the idea of this smoothie after suffering with unpleasant inflammation all day and then fell in love again once I tasted it. It’s so so so fantastic and really works it’s magic on you rather quickly!

Inflammation is a big problem in most people, depending on what we eat inflammation can cause bodily disturbances on a constant basis. Inflammation also plays a big roll in illnesses and can make the illness much worse for someone. The great thing about inflammation is we can pretty much control it with food. There are so many foods out there that off anti-inflammatory properties and are just so good for us!

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This smoothie incorporates 3 major ingredients that help combat inflammation – ginger, turmeric and pineapple. To be honest I never knew pineapple had anti-inflammatory properties until very recently. I always figured it was a just a high glycemic fruit that reminded me of my time in tropical islands. Well – it’s totally more than that! It has bromelain in it which helps reduce inflammation, including inflammation in digestive disorders like celiac, crohns and colitis. Turmeric has been used for years, even in ancient Chinese medicine for its anti-inflammatory properties. It too aids in reducing inflammation in digestive disorders. Ginger is another ingredient used in ancient and traditional Chinese medicine for gastrointestinal issues (inflammation) and can reduce symptoms such as dizziness and nausea.

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Now, before you move on to another recipe because this one sounds like it’s gonna taste like a smoothie made from your moms spice rack – it’s not! All the ingredients play so well with each other and the pineapple gives it the sweetness it needs to bring you back to any tropical memory you have.

Ingredients:
1 Frozen Banana
1 Cup Pineapple (I used frozen)
1 Cup Almond Milk
1/2 Tsp Turmeric Powder
1/2 Tsp Minced Ginger
1 Tbsp Chia Seeds
1 Tbsp Coconut Oil

Method:
Add all ingredients to a blender, mix until smooth and enjoy!

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3 Comments

  1. December 12, 2014 / 2:06 am

    I love it! I make one very similar I add a splash of vanilla extract and I use 1 inch fresh turmeric (Sprouts, Asian markets and Whole Foods carries it in my area).

    • December 12, 2014 / 2:28 am

      oh wow that sounds delicious! I’ll have to try adding some vanilla and fresh turmeric. I just love turmeric! Thanks for your suggestion and comment 🙂 Have a lovely day!

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