I have been making nutritional smoothies for almost 15 years. They have evolved and my current version of a green berry smoothie is awesome, loaded with nutrition, fiber and anti-oxidantsand it tastes great. My intention is to share great recipes, pics and eventually video. Most of these recipes are easy to make, very nutritious and best of all taste great!
When it comes to anti-inflammatory nutrition the things I focus on are getting a variety of organic vegetables, fruit, omega 3 oils, healthy protein from non animal sources (quinoa and veggies)
The things I avoid are animal protein, dairy, sugar, wheat / gluten and alcohol. These all contribute to inflammation!
Dave’s Anti-Inflammatory Green Berry Smoothie
Organic – Gluten Free – Dairy Free – Vegan – No Added Sugar or Sweetener
Be sure to watch the last minute of the video – at about the 7 minute mark – it’s really funny!
I have been having a smoothie for breakfast when I am home, every day for over 15 years. Here is the current version of my green berry nutritional smoothie. I use a Vitamix to prepare my smoothies, blend tec makes a good high speed blender as well. Not a fan of lower priced blenders like the ninja or magic bullet. They don’t seem to pulverize the greens as well and I don’t like chunks in my smoothie! Measurements are approximate – I kinda just wing it so feel free to alter the amounts of each ingredient to your liking.
2 cups of coconut water
2 leaves of organic dino kale peeled off the stem
2 handfuls of organic baby spinach
1 organic apple (sometime I use an organic banana instead – one or the other or 1 of Each if making for 2 people)
2 tablespoons of organic chia seeds
2 tablespoons of organic hemp hearts
1 oz of Udo’s Oil (omega 3 oil mix from organic seeds) You can get this at any health food store, vitamin store or most natural grocers
1/2 cup a of frozen organic anti-oxidant berry mix – I get this at Costco.
1/2 cup of organic blue berries
1/2 cup frozen organic cherries
1/2 cup organic frozen broccoli
Blend it up in the Vitamix for about a minute or so on high. It tastes great and is loaded with anti-inflammatory nutrition!
I’ll tell ya what – do this smoothie every day for 30 days, eliminate all meat, sugar, wheat / gluten and dairy – you will feel amazing. It has worked for me for many, many years!
This makes enough for 2 people so my girlfriend and I split it or if I’m making for myself I drink half and save half in fridge for a few hours later.
When it comes to Anti-Inflammatory nutrition for Autoimmune connective tissue disease – this green berry smoothie has been my staple for 15 years. Regardless of what else I eat, I know my body is getting great nutrition, Vitamins, Minerals, Omega 3 – 6 – 9 Fatty Acids, Protein, Enzymes, Antioxidants, Phytonutrients and Fiber.
I make this smoothie every day. My girlfriend and I are heading to Maui Hawaii for 2 weeks and we pack the vitamix so we can make our healthy organic green berry smoothie every day on the road. Now that’s commitment to good nutrition!
I was diagnosed with MCTD – Mixed Connective Tissue Disease, Lupus and Rheumatoid Arthritis 16 years ago (1999), Brandi was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis 15 years ago (2000)
We have learned through our experience that by making our Organic green berry smoothie, juicing vegetables, and eating lots of fresh organic vegetables, fish (not farmed) has made a huge difference with the amount of inflammation in our bodies. We both walk every day, wear are able to swim, bike, hike – albeit at a slower pace than most but we are able to get out and live a somewhat active lifestyle.
We are looking forward to riding a motorcycle on Maui and going SUP or Stand Up Paddle Boarding and snorkeling. I might even go scuba diving. We are able to do this things because of good nutrition over many years. Minimizing or cutting out meat, dairy, sugar, gluten / wheat and processed foods has played a big part in our nutritional success as well.
Mahalo! Dave & Brandi