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  • Writer's pictureGabriele Wolf PhD ND

Anti-Inflammatory Cherry-Spinach Smoothie



This healthy smoothie is not only delicious--it also boosts your daily dose of anti-inflammatory foods. It starts with a base of creamy gut-friendly kefir and includes cherries, which can lower the inflammatory marker C-reactive protein.

Heart-healthy fats in avocado, almond butter and chia seeds deliver additional anti-inflammatory compounds to the body, while spinach offers a mix of antioxidants that sweep up harmful free radicals. Fresh ginger adds zing, plus a compound called gingerol, which preliminary studies suggest may improve inflammatory markers of heart disease if consumed daily.


Ingredients


1 cup plain kefir

• 1 cup frozen cherries

• ½ cup baby spinach leaves

• ¼ cup mashed ripe avocado

• 1 tablespoon salted almond butter

• 1 (1/2 inch) piece peeled ginger

• 1 teaspoon chia seeds, plus more for garnish


Bon Apetit!



Source: EatingWell

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