I know green smoothies aren’t your favorite, you’d prefer a glass of fruit smoothie, right? I know, I feel your pain, that said, this green anti-inflammatory smoothie is one of the best for reducing swelling, and joint pain caused by inflammation.
That’s because it’s filled with vitamins, and minerals that aren’t found in other fruit smoothies. Green smoothies contain higher amounts of plant-based protein and iron which are essential for treating inflammation.
Green Anti-Inflammatory Smoothie
Go ahead and try this green smoothie, I add in a touch of honey and strawberries to give it some taste. They say no pain no gain right, remember that when you’re drinking this smoothie lol.
Green Anti-Inflammatory Smoothie Recipe
This green anti-inflammatory smoothie yields 2 servings and takes around 7 minutes to make.
Green Anti-Inflammatory Smoothie Ingredients
- 1 cup of baby spinach (washed)
- 4 broccoli florets
- 1 tablespoon of fresh parsley
- 5-6 strawberries (washed)
- 1 small ripe banana
- 1 cup of almond milk
- 1/2 tablespoon of flaxseeds (soaked in 12 tablespoons of water for 2 minutes)
- 1/2 cup of water or ice cubes (optional)
- 1 teaspoon of organic honey (optional)
How To Make This Green Smoothie
Combine all of the ingredients above in a high-speed blender and blend until smooth. Add in the ice cubes or water if the smoothie is too thick.
Green Smoothie For Inflammation Nutrition Facts
Each serving of this green smoothie contains 256 calories, 6% total fat, 1 % saturated fat, 10% sodium, 18% total carbs, 36% fiber, 24 grams of sugar, 9 grams of protein, 10% vitamin D, 10% calcium, 18% iron, and 26% potassium.
How This Green Smoothie Reduces Inflammation
So almond milk is very low in calories and high in vitamin E & vitamin D. It’s also a great source of vitamin A which makes it a good choice of milk for fighting inflammation.
That’s because vitamin A has been shown to block the production of inflammatory cytokines in the body. Vitamin D helps boost cells and immune response to inflammation and vitamin E has been shown to reduce C-reactive protein (inflammatory markers) in the body.
Spinach contains an antioxidant called lutein which has an anti-inflammatory effect on the body. Parsley contains 3 anti-inflammatory antioxidants known as apigenin, quercetin, and vitamin C.
Eating parsley regularly can help lower inflammation. Similar to blueberries, strawberries contain polyphenols that have anti-inflammatory effects. Try this amazing berry smoothie for inflammation combo!
Bananas contain probiotics which help strengthen the gut microbiota and the immune system making it easier for the body to combat inflammation.
Broccoli contains an antioxidant called sulforaphane which has an effect on reducing molecules that causes inflammation in the body.
Is Drinking Green Smoothies Everyday Healthy?
Yes, drinking green smoothies daily can be healthy if you use ingredients like spinach, kale, broccoli, and other leafy greens. However, you may want to reconsider if you are on blood-thinning medications because leafy greens contain a lot of vitamin K.
Also, if you are taking iron supplements, it’s not wise to drink a lot of green smoothies because they contain a good amount of plant-based iron. Lastly, if you find yourself having too many bowel movements after drinking green smoothies, you may want to limit your intake.
I really hope you try this smoothie, and if you do, make sure to give me a holler in the comments below. You can also find me on Pinterest for more awesome tips and recipes.