It is summer here in Australia so I was inspired to whip up something that brings more sunshine to my kitchen than what’s really going on outside (hello rain)! What I created was a delicious, refreshing smoothie that has some very beneficial ingredients that contain important anti-inflammatory properties.
Cherries: The compounds in cherries called anthocyanins may reduce inflammation and block pain signals. There is also a study that shows cherries may also be able to reduce muscle pain post-exercise by reducing the possibility of muscle damage. Cherries also support sleep which further supports the reduction of inflammation. These are commonly prescribed in cases of arthritis and other inflammatory disorders.
Pineapple: Pineapple contains bromelain which helps fight inflammation and may reduce pain and recovery time.
Coconut oil: Adding some healthy fats improves the assimilation for some plant-based compounds and increases satiety and supports anti-inflammatory actions.
Kombucha: I used a pineapple, turmeric and ginger kombucha that I picked up from my local farmer’s market. This supports a healthy microbiome that supports a healthy immune system. You can use any fruit based flavor.
Coconut water: This offers electrolytes particularly potassium for muscle and nerve support.
Other beneficial additions that would work well in this smoothie are spinach, kale, protein powder, hemp seed and chia seeds.
- 12 cherries (fresh or frozen)
- 1/4 pineapple
- 1/4 beet (beetroot)
- 1 cup (250 ml) coconut water
- 1 handful of ice
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 tsp coconut oil (optional)
- 1/4 cup (60 ml) Kombucha (optional)
- Wash all produce well.
- Remove seeds from cherries by slicing them in half and removing the seed.
- Peel the beet and remove outer skin from pineapple.
- Add all ingredients into the blender and blend on high for 45 – 60 seconds until smooth.
- Cherries – raspberries, blueberries, strawberries
- Pineapple – apple, pear
- Beet – carrot, raspberries
- Chia seeds – flaxseeds
- Coconut water – almond milk, coconut milk, hazelnut milk, rice milk, hemp milk
- Nutrition per serving:
- Saturated Fat1g
- Protein 6g
Yields and nutritional information are estimated and will vary depending on produce size and equipment used.