Starting your day with a fresh glass of blueberry smoothie will help boost your vitamins and mineral levels like crazy! Also, blueberries are rich in antioxidants which makes them perfect for reducing inflammation, plus they also help improve your memory! Here’s my copycat anti-inflammatory blueberry smoothie recipe!
Okay so just a quick tip, you will need to change your diet and lifestyle to rid your body of inflammation. I was able to reduce my C-reactive protein levels (inflammation markers) to below normal in just 2 weeks by doing this diet.
I also did a lot of walking too which helped me lose over 40 pounds in just 3 months so I definitely recommend a complete mindset overhaul for combating inflammation.
Anti-Inflammatory Blueberry Smoothie
Did you know that just 1 cup of blueberries contains over 13,000 antioxidants? Yes, you heard that right! Blueberry is a superfruit that is also an excellent source of potassium, vitamin C, manganese, and vitamin K.
Adding this fruit to your diet regularly can help improve blood circulation and muscle function, and boost your immune response to free radicals and toxins.
Anti-inflammatory Blueberry Smoothie Recipe
This blueberry smoothie yields 1 serving and takes around 5 minutes to make.
Blueberry Smoothie Ingredients:
- 1 large banana (frozen or fresh)
- 1 cup of blueberries (frozen or fresh)
- 1 cup of almond milk
- 1 cup of baby spinach (frozen or fresh)
- 1 teaspoon of almond butter (optional)
- 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
- 1 teaspoon of maca powder (completely optional)
How To Make Blueberry Smoothie
To make your blueberry smoothie, simply add all of the ingredients above into a blender and blend until smooth. If the smoothie is too thick, add in more almond milk or water until you have the right consistency.
Blueberry Smoothie Nutrition Facts
Each serving of this anti-inflammatory blueberry smoothie contains 382 calories, 10.2 grams of total fat, 0.9 grams of saturated fat, 27 mg sodium, 62.9 grams of carbohydrates, 11.7 grams of dietary fiber, 36 grams of sugar, 8 grams of protein, 69 mg of calcium, 7 mg of iron and 1026 mg of potassium.
Try this Anti-Inflammatory Raspberry Smoothie
Are Blueberries Anti-Inflammatory?
Yes, all berries are anti-inflammatory but blueberries take the winning prize when it comes to reducing inflammation in the body. That’s because blueberries contain more antioxidants than other berries.
These flavonoids help regulate your immune system and have been shown to reduce chronic inflammation in the body. Try this turmeric smoothie | assorted berry smoothie recipe. or this pineapple mango smoothie for inflammation.
How This Blueberry Smoothie Reduces Inflammation
Blueberries contain vitamin C which is an amazing antioxidant that helps protect our cells from damage by free radicals and toxins.
Blueberries also contain an antioxidant called anthocyanins which helps protect the body against tumors, inflammation, diabetes, heart problems, and so much more.
According to WebMD, cinnamon contains an active ingredient called cinnamaldehyde that helps reduce the inflammatory response in the body.
The cayenne pepper used in this recipe is not just to spice things up, it actually there to help reduce inflammation due to an antioxidant called capsaicinoids.
Finally, the last ingredient that makes this blueberry smoothie anti-inflammatory is almond milk! You see, almond milk has a good amount of vitamin E, just 1 cup yields 10 milligrams of vitamin E which amounts to 50% DV.
Vitamin E is a very powerful antioxidant that helps reduce stress and inflammation in the body.
Blueberries are amazing and you can never go wrong by adding them to your diet regularly. If you liked this post, please share it and leave me a comment below. You can also find me on Pinterest for more awesome posts and recipes.