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Power Your Morning with an Anti-Inflammatory Protein Smoothie

By Jenna Stangland, MS, RD, LDN - Guest Blogger

Inflammation is at the root of numerous chronic diseases and decreasing inflammation can benefit just about all of us. Perhaps that’s why anti-inflammatories are so popular nowadays. I searched “anti-inflammatory diet” online and got 23.5 MILLION hits. Yes, you read that correctly…in the millions. Now, with this recipe I’m not trying to fit all of the anti-inflammatory food secrets into one morning smoothie dose. But research supports anti-inflammatories’ many health benefits and some anti-inflammatory foods’ flavors are great for adding to smoothies.

Commonly found in Indian cuisine, turmeric has been used for centuries to treat a host of illnesses. The active ingredient in turmeric – curcumin, which is also the natural pigment that gives turmeric its yellow color, has been shown to inhibit inflammatory reactions, have anti-diabetic effects and reduce cholesterol.

Ginger is another proven anti-inflammatory agent. Let me put my nerd glasses on and tell you what it does: Ginger suppresses prostaglandin synthesis through inhibition of cyclooxygenase-1 and cyclooxygenase-2 as well as suppressing leukotriene biosynthesis by inhibiting 5-lipoxygenase. If you’re not a biochemist then you’re probably thinking “Uh what?!” right now. Basically, ginger comes into the body and calls a lockdown on all pro-inflammatory mechanisms so the triggering enzymes cannot even get in. It’s basically like a spice-flavored and all-natural form of aspirin.

Turmeric has a slightly bitter taste and ginger can be strong and spicy. By blending them with sweet fruit, you won’t even notice them in your smoothie and you’ll reap the health benefits of consuming anti-inflammatories! This recipe is tasty and nutritious; I know you’ll want to make it more than once.

Anti-Inflammatory Smoothie Recipe

  • • 1 cup milk
  • • 1/2 cup frozen pineapple or mango chunks
  • • 1 fresh banana
  • • 1 scoop unflavored BiPro ELITE whey protein isolate
  • • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric (can be increased to 1 tsp)
  • • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • • 1 teaspoon chia seeds

This recipe is best consumed in the morning. Not only will it increase your energy for the first half of the day, but it will clear your mind and infuse your body with some powerful antioxidants. And adding protein to the concoction will both support muscle health and help keep you satiated. Now that’s a great breakfast idea!

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