If you’ve heard the word “inflammation” thrown around a lot, but still find yourself confused as to what exactly it is, and why it’s bad, you’re not alone. While a little bit of inflammation in the body is natural and even healthy (it’s your immune system responding to an issue that needs to be fixed), the average American diet and lifestyle can often create an environment where inflammation is out of control, affecting everything from our skin, to our muscles, to even chronic diseases.
This week, we’ve partnered with Ginger Shots, the makers of organic, cold-pressed shots of pure ginger and fruit juice (and nothing else), to create a smoothie box that’s all about fighting back against inflammation. Along with these all natural ginger shots, we’ve included ingredients like cinnamon, matcha, reishi mushroom powder, and camu camu that help your body find its perfect balance.
Green Ginger Shot Detox
One of the best superfoods for fighting inflammation, ginger has been studied for its ability to help with everything from improving circulation to weight loss. For this recipe, we partnered with Ginger Shots, the makers of cold pressed, USDA organic ginger shots that are the perfect way to get all the benefits of ginger without having to prepare the root yourself. Made from all natural ginger juice and fruit juice -- and nothing else -- Ginger Shots go down smooth and are a great way to start incorporating this spicy root into your diet. Fiber-filled cucumber and apple, vitamins K and iron from spinach, and healthy Omega-3s from flax seed round out this muscle soothing, complexion-loving breakfast.
Coconut Carrot Cake
Every healthy diet needs a little bit of a treat — and luckily, this treat is good for you! Carrots bring a dose of sweetness to smoothies, as well as beta-carotene, vitamin C and fiber. Bananas are also full of fiber, as well as potassium, and cinnamon is a natural anti-inflammatory that helps with both complexion and regulating blood sugar. Imagine walnuts as the “cake” part of this smoothie, providing a dose of nutty sweetness and Omega-3s, as well as potent cancer-fighting compounds. Round this healthy dessert out with some unsweetened coconut flakes, and get your dessert fix without any of those pesky refined sugars.
Pumpkin Spiced Matcha Latte
Matcha is different than the bagged tea most of us drink because instead of just steeping the leaves, you’re actually ingesting powder made from the leaves. In addition to a combination of natural caffeine and L-Theanine (a naturally occurring amino acid that helps induce calmness), matcha is also full of anti-inflammatory catechins, antioxidants that have been shown to help fight against cancer. If you’re a fan of anything pumpkin spiced, this low calorie, low sugar smoothie is the perfect, Fall-inspired way to start your day!
Reishi Cashew Power
Great for your immune system and liver, reishi mushrooms have been described as having “lifespan-extending properties” because they’re helpful in preventing abnormal blood vessels from forming. High in fiber, vitamins K and C, and antioxidants, collard greens are one of the most nutritious greens you can eat. Combine these ultra-potent foods with fiber from a pear, polyphenol-heavy grapes, and healthy fat and protein from cashews, and you’ve got the Fountain of Youth in a glass!
Orange Camu Camu
One of the best ways to fight back against inflammation (and germs) is to get a lot of vitamin C during the day. This smoothie provides more than 100% of your daily vitamin C needs thanks to camu camu (a South American superfruit that has more vitamin C per serving than almost any other food) and two oranges. Goji berries also provide vitamin C, and have the ability to help regulate blood sugar. Add in some protein and healthy fats from hemp seed, and vitamin K and iron from swiss chard, and you have a lean, mean, germ fighting machine in a cup.