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Anti-inflammatory Smoothie Recipe

17 Comments 02 May 2013

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Happy Celiac Disease Awareness Month!!!

We’ve come a long way, Baby!

But the road to full awareness stretches on ahead of us, and we must continue helping people with celiac disease to get properly diagnosed and get diagnosed earlier, so that other autoimmune diseases aren’t triggered and a host of other health problems don’t arise.

I’ve never felt more passionate about this cause than now, because a dear friend of mine has five different autoimmune diseases, including celiac disease, and she nearly died this last week.

As we were waiting for her to pull through, all I could keep thinking was, “What if her celiac disease had been diagnosed sooner? Maybe celiac disease is the umbrella disease that triggered all of the other autoimmune diseases.”

What if….what if…what if.

Of course, celiac disease awareness is important every month, but I’m going to try a little harder to spread the word about it this month. Will you join me?

(One easy thing to do would be to share this blog post I wrote about celiac disease symptoms.  Thank you in advance!)

I’m excited to have the opportunity to write several articles about celiac disease and the gluten-free diet for some major websites this month. Thousands will be reached with accurate information. I’ll let you know when they are published.

Now let’s “celebrate” awareness with an anti-inflammatory smoothie!

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You may or may not be familiar with the term “anti-inflammatory”. In case you aren’t, here’s a good description from Dr. Andrew Weil’s website.

(BTW, Dr. Weil’s lectures were some of my favorite while I was going to school to learn about nutrition.)

As it turns out, we know that chronic inflammation is the root of disease. So, the more anti-inflammatory foods you can eat, the better. These are foods that are known to help combat inflammation in the body.

Like berries. And greens.

I have a strong hunch that a gluten-free diet high in anti-inflammatory foods must be very healing, soothing to tummies that have been inflamed for a long time.

I “cured” my seasonal hayfever allergies last year by drinking one of these anti-inflammatory smoothies every day. I used to be a serious Zyrtec junkie, so you can imagine how amazed I was the day I walked outside to find my car all yellow, dusted in pollen, and I wasn’t sneezing my head off.

Yup. All because of my new anti-inflammatory smoothie. Well, how do I know this? While at school, I listened to a 3 hour lecture by Dr. Douillard, where he explained how to combat seasonal allergies by eliminating inflammatory foods (refined sugars and flours, processed foods) and consuming more anti-inflammatory foods (berries, especially raspberry and blueberry, and green vegetables) in the Springtime.

I didn’t really think it would work, but I thought it would be easy to try. Plus, I had already eliminated inflammatory foods like gluten, refined sugars and flours, along with my additional food intolerances of dairy and corn. Maybe I just needed to up the berries and greens?

Anti-inflammatory Smoothie

I just decided to create a smoothie with both berries and frozen greens. I call this my “Sneaky Smoothie”.

INGREDIENTS

1/2 a banana
1 cup frozen blueberries or raspberries
1/3 cup frozen peas or spinach
water as needed

DIRECTIONS
Put all of the ingredients in the blender. Add enough water to meet your ideal smoothie thickness. Blend. If you need to sweeten it a bit, add a bit of honey.

You can play with the amounts…if you need to, ease into it by adding less greens at first.
And your end product might look a little darker than the photos here. I think I was running low on peas that day. Don’t let greener color scare you! :)

Be sure to come back and tell me how you liked it!

Cheers!

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    Kelly says:

    My allergies have been AWFUL and so I decided to give this a try. Drinking it now, hopefully will help! Thanks for the tip!

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      Kelly says:

      Another Kelly?! :) And I see you spelled it the right way!

      Be sure to cut out refined sugar, and refined white flours while you’re at it. Last year when I binged on some sugary gf cake my nose started running and it took a few days back sugar-free again for things to calm down. It really is the combo of removing all inflammatory foods along with upping the berries and greens. Also, try to eat some extra green veggies at each meal too.

      And stick with it for a good week or so.

      Let me know if it helps!

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    Crystal says:

    Thank you for this info and the recipe. I will do my best to continue to spread the word.
    Please let us know how you friend is doing in the coming weeks.
    love you,
    Crystal

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    There is something seriously wrong with my vegetarian, gluten-free taste buds, because I’ve never been able to get into avocados and I straight-up HATE bananas. Smoothie recipes always seem to call for one or the other, so I’ll just have to get my anti-inflammatories some other way.

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    Kelly says:

    Hey Molly…I used the banana to sweeten things up…so you can do it straight up with the berries and spinach or peas. I’ve done it when I’ve run out of banana. It’s ok…it’s the berries and greens we are after! Try it! :)

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    Kelly says:

    PS…Mango is nice in a smoothie too! It’s creamy.

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    Really good photo! Very tasty! YUM :) Like it!

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    Michele says:

    Looks so yummy! Pinned and going to try! Love the vintage looking glass. Would go perfectly with a pitcher I just bought and posted on my blog:
    http://www.sewsweetvintage.com/2013/03/vintage-popcorn-chenille.html

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    Ursula says:

    Thanks Kelly for the info. I luckily do not have allergies – but my husband does. Will have to try it!!!

    xox,

    Ursula

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    Joanne says:

    I can’t wait to try this. I am recently GF and on a Food Sensitivity Elimination Diet. Would it be possible to include some Pea Protein Powder and call this a meal?

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    THS says:

    This is really great, tried it with organic peas and berries and since organic peas are so sweet did not need any sweetener. This is also great after I work out as a protein pick me up with some organic hemp added.

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    Gloria says:

    Can you use stawberries?

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    Amber Green says:

    Do you have other suggestions and/or recipes to help reduce infalmmation? I have a terrible sweet tooth, so it has been hard keeping down the sugar :( I have been struggling with swelling in my hands & joints for 8 years. Neg for RA. Rheumatologist said it is due to celiac. Told me to take ibuprophen 2-3 times a day. I fear for my stomach & blood vessels. I am only 34 & very frustrated. I also find I swell without eating sugar, or eat some sugar & don’t swell. Sorry, but seems like I keep going in circles.
    Thank you for your help
    Amber

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    Lilli says:

    We have come a long way since I went GF 17 years ago, so many more choices in GF foods. I’ve been doing more smoothies lately and now that it’s summer in MI I’m definitely warming up my blender, I’ll throw in some spinach next time and see how I like it!

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    Dawna says:

    Mine def did not look like this, I too love the glass, also was I not suppose to put ice in it??


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