Food

An Anti-Inflammatory, Anti-Oxidant Breakfast Smoothie

Blueberry Smoothie

I believe this is a first for me, publishing a recipe.  And it’s not even a hard recipe or a clever one (that recipe is coming later 😉 but I’m trying to mix things up a bit, especially since I’ve committed to three blog posts per week.  The first post of the week is due today so I got up incredibly early to stick to my commitment.  I came up with a post about what I’m craving right now but cannot make because it will make too much noise–an impossible recipe to make while everyone else is snoring in bed.

I have this particular smoothie for breakfast although I see no reason why it couldn’t be eaten at any time during the day or even for a night-time snack.  It’s low calorie, high in good fat from the flaxseeds, and high in fiber.  Plus it’s full of vitamins, anti-oxidants, and natural goodness.  For bonus points, make your own unsweetened vanilla almond milk–I have and I can’t believe how much better tasting it is!

Anti-Inflammatory/Anti-Oxidant Blueberry Breakfast Smoothie

1 c. O Organics Frozen Blueberries

1 c. O Organics Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk

1 Handful of Fresh Organic Spinach (add more or less depending on your taste)

1 TBSP Ground Flaxseeds

1/2 tsp. MSM Powder (Methylsulfonymethane)

1/4 tsp. O Organics Turmeric (per Dr. Greger)

Throw each one of these items into a Nutribullet or a blender, blend for a minute to break down the cell walls of the blueberries and spinach, and voila, you have a nutritious smoothie for any time of the day.

If you need some added sweetness, try adding 1/2 a frozen banana (and then you will need to adjust the liquid), a couple pitted dates, or if you’re watching your sugar intake, then I recommend adding some erythritol (I only buy this brand–everything else is cut with Stevia; I hate Stevia!).

Do your best to not add any additional sugar as sugar is pro-inflammatory.

You may notice I’ve thrown in two items in this recipe that most recipes don’t have: MSM powder and turmeric.  Both help lower inflammation which is the cause of pain and many diseases.  I’m not a physician and I’m not here to treat or diagnose with a smoothie recipe but I have read articles about MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) and, if you’re paying attention to anything in the mainstream health news these days, you know that turmeric has become the new coconut oil except turmeric has been studied and found to be effective in lowering inflammation.

Disclaimer:  Do your own research and make up your own mind.  Whatever you put into your mouth feeds your body, so choose wisely.  Also, I said to use 1/2 teaspoon of MSM powder–I started off at 1/2 teaspoon but am now up to 1 teaspoon.  It does not taste good so you will need to mix it with something to offset the bitterness but I haven’t had any problems with this.  The lower dose to start is recommended due to stomach upset.  Gradually increase your dose if you find it beneficial.  Do NOT take MSM if you are on a blood thinner.  If you are pregnant, talk with your doctor BEFORE taking MSM.

Double Disclaimer:  The photo I used is not what your smoothie will look like.  I needed to get this blog post done, and like I said, the family was asleep so I had to use a stock photo.  Your smoothie will be closer to an interesting shade of purple/brown.  Don’t look at it, just drink it!

 

 

Copyright: <a href=’https://www.123rf.com/profile_jenifoto’>jenifoto / 123RF Stock Photo</a>

 

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