Want to feel as great as a pink bikini this summer? Check out our list of 15 anti-inflammatory smoothie recipes to get your daily dose of inflammation-fighting foods every day this summer.
Easy-breezy anti-inflammatory smoothie recipes
If you’re a pain patient, you already understand the role inflammation plays in your condition and your life. As Healthy Smoothie HQ notes:
“Acute inflammation is not only normal, it is necessary. Without it you would not be able to heal from infections, injuries, and other bad illnesses and traumas. Inflammation only becomes a problem when it occurs over a long period of time. This is called chronic inflammation and it is this form of the immune response that causes harm and damage to your body.”
Inflammation is the leading cause of pain, especially in conditions like arthritis or fibromyalgia. To help reduce inflammation and relieve some of your pain, reach for an anti-inflammatory smoothie recipe to fuel your summer.
The best ingredients to blend up into your anti-inflammatory smoothie recipes include:
- Leafy greens, like spinach
- Nuts, like almonds
You can blend up your own inflammation-fighting smoothie based on this list, or you can use any of the recipes below. Many of these smoothies can be whipped up in less than ten minutes, with five ingredients or less.
We think these chilled anti-inflammatory smoothie recipes are absolutely perfect for your summer.
This smoothie is as pretty as a picture, but it’ll put up a tough fight to help you recover after a workout or particularly sore day.
The nut butter is full of protein, as is the Greek yogurt in this recipe. Together, these help fuel your muscles after a workout, providing the protein your body needs to rebuild. The blueberries add a yummy anti-inflammatory kick to this recipe, but you can sub in any berries you prefer. You can also top it with cinnamon, pistachios, or even bee pollen.
Enjoy this anti-inflammatory smoothie recipe after a workout session, for breakfast, or any other time of day as a fortifying snack.
Want all the yum of peanut butter, but some more additional protein and less saturated fat? Almond butter is an easy substitute that’s not nearly as sweet, but just as tasty. This green smoothie packs in over two cups of iron-boosting spinach with anti-inflammatory spices like cinnamon and nutmeg.
With a banana added in, this anti-inflammatory smoothie recipe is perfect for your post-gym hunger.
Want to add a whole lot of flavor to your morning? Try this smoothie recipe that’s packed with anti-inflammatory ingredients!
In addition to strawberries, you add in beets and cranberries. It ups the pink factor, but these superfoods also bring their own benefits. Beets are natural detoxifiers. Cranberry is an effective anti-inflammatory for your digestive system. Here, a dash of ginger also provides an earthy note to the smoothie, while also helping you recover from muscle soreness and nausea. For a pain patient, this could become your go-to smoothie.
With turmeric, pineapple, mango, and ginger, this smoothie from Happy Healthy Mama is the bright burst of sunshine your summer deserves. And, with those ingredients, you bet you’ll see some health benefits as well.
After you get out of your Epsom-salt bath, you can indulge in a magnesium-rich smoothie to stop symptoms before they even start. Both sweet potatoes and spinach contain high concentrations of magnesium, and when blended together, they taste as indulgent as a Thanksgiving pie (at a fraction of the calories!). It also includes anti-inflammatory ginger, honey, and cinnamon for a perfect treat.
Don’t like sweet potatoes? Sub in pumpkin instead in the same amount!
Mmmm. Who doesn’t love a bright pink? It’s made just for summer!
Pitaya, or dragon fruit as it’s commonly referred to, gives this anti-inflammatory smoothie recipe its characteristic pink hue. The fruit is low in calories, but packs a wallop when it comes to calcium, iron, your B vitamins, and vitamin C. You can find frozen pitaya in the freezer section of most grocery stores.
Consider this smoothie recipe your summer vacation in a glass. With coconut water and pineapple, you’ll feel like you should be drinking this one from a hammock.
For a great summer smoothie, look no further than Amelia Freer’s tropical breakfast smoothie. She combines inflammation-fighting turmeric with ginger, yummy coconut milk, and fresh pineapple or mango.
Want to drink sunshine in a glass? Reach for this mood-boosting, anti-inflammatory smoothie recipe!
An avocado provides the rich creaminess of this drink. It contains stress-fighting glutathione, which blocks intestinal absorption of specific fats that can cause oxidative damage, as well as high concentrations of beta-carotene, folate, and vitamin E.
The citrus masks any taste of avocado and gives this smoothie it’s own bright hit. You’ll also get a boost of vitamin C. Blend these in an orange and lemon with a banana to get a taste of sunshine.
Turmeric is one of the best anti-inflammatory spices available. It can help alleviate joint and muscle pain. And, it gives any drink a bright yellow color that looks like it’s been soaked in sunshine.
This is a simple recipe, but you can up the pineapple and turmeric and combine with crushed ice to create the perfect summer slush.
Looking for a smoothie with all the health benefits? The Minimalist Baker has you covered.
This smoothie contains anti-oxidant rich carrots, bright lemons and pineapple, and the inflammation-fighting duo of turmeric and ginger. The carrot surprisingly lends sweetness to the drink, while the turmeric and ginger give it a warm earthy flavor. With pineapple and banana, it’ll remind you of a tropical vacation.
As mentioned, almonds provide anti-inflammatory benefits that’s also low in calories. This recipe whips up with less than five ingredients. Get your fruit fix with strawberries and oranges.
Leave the orange juice out and it will taste similar to the strawberry milk you used to love in school! Or, add a handful of spinach to bring in your greens.
Want to go simple? This ginger anti-inflammatory smoothie from Food Matters has only four ingredients! But they make those ingredients count with anti-inflammatory ginger and cinnamon. This slightly warming drink will become your go-to. We already know it.
Need even more berries in your life? How about of the roasted variety?
Roasting the fruit will heighten the flavors in your smoothie, making the taste sweeter and more concentrated. Strawberries work well here, but blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, or any other combination would be fantastic too! These fruits also contain antioxidants that are beneficial to fighting environmental stresses. Since berries are high in water content as well, they will keep you hydrated throughout the long summer days.
Whip this one up with the nut milk of your choice, as well as a frozen banana for consistency.
Did someone say chocolate?
Even if dining on lots of chocolate isn’t in your diet plan, you can get its taste with this good-for-you smoothie. Cacao itself — the ground-up chocolate bean — is a heart healthy food that can increase blood flow, elevate mood, and help with healing. It’s also rich in essential vitamins, mineral, and powerful antioxidants.
In addition, add in anti-inflammatory foods like spinach and raspberries for a tasty, yet healthy, smoothie recipe.
It’s not technically a smoothie, but we promise you won’t mind as you eat up this delicious parfait.
For pain patients who can handle caffeine, this drink can actually help relieve head pain by constricting blood vessels in the head. To limit the amount of caffeine, we combine this one with anti-inflammatory mint and chopped pecans. With only five ingredients, you’ll be eating this one in no time.
What are your favorite anti-inflammatory smoothie recipes? To find all of our pain-friendly recipes, click here!