Both inflammatory and anti-inflammatory chemicals are produced by your body (‘prostaglandins’, for all the scientists out there), the amounts of which are influenced by the foods that you eat. So, there is no surprise that the more foods you eat which contain ‘anti-inflammatory’ properties, the more fuel it gives your body to produce the anti-inflammatory chemicals. Chronic inflammation has been linked to cancer, heart disease, arthritis and depression to name a few.
Berries, turmeric and chia seeds are all big names in this category which is why they have been included, black pepper helps the absorption of the curcumin in the turmeric, which is why adding a pinch of this is also very beneficial. I’ve chosen almond milk as the liquid to add, but coconut milk is also a delicious addition.
Nb. Don’t worry, you can’t taste the turmeric or the black pepper, the other flavours over-power them, the end result really is a tasty smoothie.
- 1 Cup Almond/coconut milk
- 1 Banana (frozen or fresh)
- 1/2 cup mixed blueberries/raspberries (frozen or fresh)
- 1/2 Tsp Turmeric
- Pinch Cracked black pepper
- 1 Tbsp Chia Seeds
- Handful Spinach
- Optional extra: 1/2tsp vanilla extract
- Optional extra: Filter water – if mixture a little thick for your taste
- Place all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into glass and enjoy!