As the seasons shift, embrace these anti-inflammatory “cocktails”—juices and shakes stocked with nutritious superfoods to help maintain your healthy lifestyle.
“No matter the kind of diet you may lean toward—vegetarian, vegan, low-carb, no-carb, Mediterranean, Neanderthal, or any other kind of diet—any and all anti-inflammation efforts are well worth it!” says nutritionist and juicing pioneer Cherie Calbom, MS, author of The Juice Lady’s Anti-Inflammation Diet. “You can lose weight on the anti-inflammation diet and rejuvenate your body.”
Here are a few of Calbom’s tasty and convenient favorites.
Antioxidant Power Smoothie
- 1 cup unsweetened plant milk such as hemp, coconut, or almond milk
- ½ cup blueberries
- 1 pear
- ½ cup baby spinach
- 1 teaspoon Indian gooseberry extract (optional)
- 1 tablespoon flaxseed
- Ice cubes (optional)
Add all ingredients to a blender and process until smooth.
KEY BENEFITS: Berries help prevent damaging effects of free radicals and inflammation.
- 1 to 2 carrots, scrubbed well, tops removed, ends trimmed
- ½ small beet, with leaves
- 1 cucumber
- 1 handful spinach or several chard leaves
- ½ lemon, peeled
- 1-inch piece ginger root, scrubbed
Cut produce to fit your juicer’s feed tube. Juice all ingredients and stir. Pour into a glass and drink as soon as possible.
KEY BENEFITS: Beets contain unique phytonutrients called betalains, which have been shown to provide antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and detoxification effects.
- 1 green apple
- ½ large fennel with fronds
- 1-inch piece ginger root
- 1 large broccoli stem
- 3 leaves kale
- ½ cucumber
Cut produce to fit your juicer. Start by juicing the apple and finish with the cucumber. Drink as soon as possible.
KEY BENEFITS: All ingredients are powerhouses known to have anti-inflammatory, antihistamine, analgesic, antioxidant, and/or anticarcinogenic effects.