I had one of those good news, bad news kind of experiences at a recent doctor’s visit. While I rejoiced over the fact that my Lyme Disease had left no damage or long term issues, I also found out that my inflammation numbers were off the chart. This was a bit alarming to me because I am fully aware that many experts believe that systemic inflammation leads to various chronic ailments as well as some cancers.
So I got immediately got to work cleaning up my diet even further (at this point I am not sure how much cleaner I can go). I did my research and compiled a comprehensive list of the foods I could enlist to fight inflammation.
- coconut oil
- turmeric (curcumin, a specific compound of turmeric, is even stronger)
- chia seeds
- leafy green veggies
- bok choy
- bone broth
That’s a pretty impressive and delicious list. I’m sure there are other foods that can be added to this list as well, but I was quite happy to use this as a jumping off point. There was one particular item on this list that really made me smile. Blueberries. I am a huge blueberry fan.
Not only are blueberries delicious, but they are nutritious and a great source of antioxidants. However, not all blueberries are created equal. There is little powerhouse of a berry that contains 2x’s the amount of antioxidants than do the cultivated blueberries you find in the produce aisle. They boast 72% more fiber as well. This powerhouse, though small in size, provides huge benefits to your gut and brain. These little superheroes are none other then wild blueberries.
Wild blueberries have grown naturally in the barrens and fields of Maine and Eastern Canada for many years. They are not planted; they simply grow wild. Wild blueberries boast an intense sweet, yet tart flavor in every bite.
Wild blueberries are perfect for freezing, and given the fact that 99% of the crop is frozen, they are readily available to consumers. These potent little berries are individually quick-frozen (IQF) at harvest, locking in their nutrition and taste. If you’ve never tried wild blueberries, you must. They are the perfect addition to all of your baked goods, breakfast dishes, and smoothies. Not sure where to pick them up? Check out the product locator.
Love wild blueberries? Interested in fighting inflammation? Just want a great start to your morning? Then this smoothie recipe is for you. Using frozen wild blueberries as my base, I looked to my list of anti-inflammatory food fighters to see what would blend in well in my smoothie. I had pure nutrition in mind, but I didn’t want to skimp on taste.
I leave you with this one thought: food is your first defense against disease. Our food selections will either help or hinder our overall health. If you are faced with illness, chronic disease, or even bigger health hurdles, I want to encourage you to turn to good, clean, wholesome food. You will never be sorry that you did. No health issues? Be thankful and don’t wait until they crop up to change the way you eat!
Tropical Anti-Inflammatory Wild Blueberry Smoothie
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 cup frozen wild blueberries, thawed
1/2 ripe avocado
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup pure pineapple juice
1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted
1/4 cup loosely packed kale leaves (you may also use baby spinach leaves)
1/2 tablespoon honey
Place the chia seeds and almond milk into a bowl. Allow to sit for a minimum of 2 hours. I find it best to soak the chia seeds overnight in the fridge this way they are ready to go come morning. The chia seeds will soak up some of the almond milk as they swell.
Place all of the ingredients, including the chia/almond milk mixture, into a blender. Puree until smooth.
The smoothie will be nice and thick. However, if you would prefer your smoothie to have a thinner consistency, add in additional pineapple juice a tablespoon at a time until the desired consistency is met.
By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by the Wild Blueberry Association of North America and I am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.
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