Can you sip your way to improved health? Absolutely! Some people believe that food is medicine, and scientists have shown that consuming certain varieties can reduce inflammation and pain.
If you feel a little bit achy or merely want to treat yourself in a healthy way, why not whip up a delicious frozen treat with good-for-you properties? Here are six anti-inflammatory smoothie recipes to try.
This smoothie combines the antioxidant properties of beta carotene in carrots with two of the most popular Ayurvedic herbs for an anti-inflammatory punch that can help you ease migraines and eye strain from staring at a computer screen all day. Plus, you’ll love the festive fall color — why not whip up a batch for a healthy Thanksgiving dessert alternative? It’s vegan-friendly and gluten-free for those with sensitivities.
Start by making your carrot juice base with the root veggies and water. Then, blend it with the banana, pineapple, ginger, turmeric, lemon juice and almond milk. The pineapple also contains bromelain, an anti-inflammatory substance known to ease arthritis pain.
Berries are an incredible source of antioxidants like anthocyanins, which have anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer and anti-viral properties. They’re a powerful weapon in your painkilling arsenal — and they taste terrific.
This recipe calls for a blend of cherries, strawberries, red grapes and blueberries. You can also add an optional shot of turmeric for extra anti-inflammatory power. Feel free to experiment with other seasonal berries you have on hand. Raspberries, currants and boysenberries lend interesting flavor and texture.
Green smoothies are all the rage — and for a good reason! They’re packed with powerful phytonutrients and antioxidants that encourage positive health. They also help ease inflammation with a potent combination of vitamins and minerals.
This recipe harnesses the power of green tea. The slight caffeine boost will leave you feeling awake and energized. It also includes powerhouses like spinach, kale and avocado. Ginger, lemon, banana and bromelain-containing pineapple round out the mix.
It might seem counterintuitive to think of spicy red pepper as an anti-inflammatory. After all, it’s hot. However, these fruits contain capsaicin, which inhibits the production of inflammatory molecules. It also contains a hefty dose of vitamin C, a necessary nutrient for fighting off germs.
This recipe also calls for flax seeds, a rich plant-based source of omega-3 fatty acids. These substances play critical roles in neurological and cardiovascular health, helping to prevent the inflammation that can strain your blood vessels. Surprise — you’ll get another dose of pineapple, doubling down on the anti-inflammatory effects.
Do you want a smoothie that will reduce inflammation while keeping your tummy full until dinnertime? Look no further than this winning recipe. Apples contain pectin, a type of fiber that helps to promote the growth of beneficial bacteria in your intestines. The celery gives those helpful microbes an extra serving of filling fiber for dessert.
Cucumber has long been used to cool inflammation — a few slices over your eyes can reduce puffiness and bags. This smoothie even tastes cool, making it a delightful addition to any warm summer afternoon.
What is golden milk? You’re going to love it. It combines coconut milk for vegan goodness with turmeric, ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg for a 4-herb anti-inflammatory punch that just happens to taste heavenly. A dash of maple syrup increases the antimicrobial properties of the beverage while making it even sweeter.
Rosewater has antidepressant and anti-anxiety qualities. It may help to ease headaches. Best of all, you can take it internally — as long as you use fresh, organic blooms, not those treated with harsh pesticides. Adding a bit of black pepper helps amplify the absorption of curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric.
Can you sip your way to less pain? With the right ingredients, you can. Try one of these six anti-inflammatory smoothie recipes to hydrate your body and feel better more quickly.