This smoothie is an oldie but a favorite of mine. It's an amazing anti-inflammatory power house!
If you have been following my journey on Instagram, you might know that I suffered a concussion two weeks ago that left me with painful headaches and muscle spasms down my neck and back. I was given anti-inflammatory medicine (Ibuprofen), and even though I am not a big fan (at all!) of taking medicine, I knew I needed it.
At the urgent care, my doctor saw in how much pain I was. Upon giving me the medicine and instructing me to take them every 8 hrs (as needed), she said it would be another 2-3 weeks of healing for the pain to go away.
If you know me, you know I took the medicines home, BUT first I made a stop at my local Whole Foods store. Yes, I was going to take the medicine; but, I was also going to give my body every possible superfood and anti-inflammatory natural food to speed up the healing and decrease my medication intake.
There, I bought fresh ginger, turmeric and pineapple (all 3 have powerful anti-inflammatory properties), and then stopped by Jugo Fresh (local, organic, cold-pressed juice bar in Miami) for a handful of their anti-inflammatory Saca-Lo shots (it has lime, lemon, ginger, turmeric, cayenne, echinacea extract, oregano oil, honey).
I am happy to say that within a week all of my symptoms and pains are gone! ;] Never under estimate the healing powers of fresh, whole foods!
The smoothie recipe below helped me in my healing.
*The pineapple and ginger are the main anti-inflammatory ingredients in this smoothie.
* 2-3 cups of spinach might sound like a lot, but the taste is completely masked by the other ingredients. The spinach also balances out the fruit in the smoothie by regulating your blood sugar levels.
* I used homemade almond milk (recipe here), but you can use any plant-based milk of your choice.
Makes about 18 oz
- 2/3 CUP HOMEMADE ALMOND MILK
- 1 CUP FROZEN PINEAPPLE
- 1/2 BANANA
- 1 INCH PIECE OF FRESH GINGER
- 3 LARGE LEAVES OF FRESH MINT
- 2 LARGE HANDFUL OF SPINACH (ABOUT 2-3 CUPS)
- 2 DATES
- 1/3 CUP ICE
Add all ingredients to your blender. Blend. Enjoy. ;]
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