Smoothies are really one of the best breakfasts, aren’t they? You can customize them to no end, and they can be incredibly healthy if you use them right. Since I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease last year and Lyme disease this year, I have been focused on putting healthy foods into my body so I could reverse it.
We now know that inflammation is one of the biggest side effects of any chronic illness, I have been focusing a lot more on eating foods that bring down inflammation as well as nourish my body. This anti-inflammatory blueberry smoothie is fantastic in doing both!
As a rule, it’s important to note that anything processed is an inflammatory food, along with sugar, grains, alcohol, red meat, gluten, and dairy. On the other side, anti-inflammatory foods are fruits, veggies, some nuts & seeds, and many herbs.
Turmeric is notably one of the best herbs you can consume for inflammation. Blueberries are close to the top there, too, so I figured combining the two for an amazing breakfast smoothie would be a great start to my mornings!
Anti-Inflammatory Blueberry Smoothie
- 2 scoops of plant based protein powder (I use Orgain Vanilla)
- 1 cup of organic, wild blueberries
- 1 cup of organic, frozen spinach or kale
- 1/4 of an organic cucumber
- 1-2 tbsp of powdered turmeric (I use this stuff)
- 1 cup of coconut milk (almond milk is fine too, I’m just allergic)
- Water to achieve your ideal texture
I put all of the ingredients into my Blendtec and got it blending for a minute or so. I added just enough water to make it thin enough that I didn’t choke on it, but thick enough to still be a smoothie.
Since everyone has different smoothie requirements, you can just add enough to make it the right consistency for you.
And a little bonus for you, my 20 month old LOVED it. What better way to get some good vitamins in the little ones diets, right?
If you’re looking for a more nutrient-dense smoothie that has more potent detoxifying effects, you can try the Detoxifying Beet Smoothie here. This one is delicious as well, and really helps support the liver (which is so important when dealing with any chronic illness).
What kind of smoothies are your go-to for breakfasts in your home?