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Tropical Smoothie Recipe – Anti-Inflammatory Booster

This recipe for a tropical smoothie – what I call the “anti-inflammatory booster” – tastes great and provides a huge boost of inflammatory busting antioxidants, vitamins, and other substances. It is a vegan, nutritarian (“Eat to Live”) friendly recipe that uses tasty ingredients to make a healthy snack or breakfast.

What Is Inflammation?

I suffer from bouts of what I’ve dubbed “flare-ups” when my arthritis kicks into high gear and makes my life miserable. My doctor can’t figure out what causes them but I have found that using homeopathic remedies as well as focusing on dietary adjustments helps me enormously.

Inflammation is the body’s healing response. It’s what triggers special cells to rush to the site of a cut or scrape or to tackle an infection. When it’s needed for wound healing, it’s life-saving.

But when we suffer from chronic inflammation…it can cause pain and lead to illness. In my case, chronically inflamed tendons, due to some structural oddities in my feet and legs, gives rise to osteoarthritis in my knees, bone spurs, and hip and knee pain.

When these flare-ups occur, my body acts as if it’s undergoing an enormous inflammatory response. The better I take care of myself over time, the fewer these flare-ups I get, and the easier I find it to move, walk, garden, and just enjoy my life.

Enter the tropical smoothie…

Tropical Smoothie Recipe or Anti-Inflammatory Smoothie

This fruit smoothie recipe is loosely based on one that came to me via the Nutritarian Women’s Health Study. I am a participant in the health study, which tracks women of all ages following a nutritarian diet. The nutritarian diet is predominantly whole food, plant-based. It does not have to be 100% vegan or vegetarian, but we limit meats of all kinds, eliminate dairy, and drastically reduce unprocessed food consumption so that it is less than 10% of total calories.

This diet is based on the work of a physician who I greatly admire, Joel Fuhrman, M.D.  Dr. Fuhrman has spent a lifetime studying diet and health. He’s combed through thousands of research studies to determine what, in his opinion, is the optimal diet for health and longevity. For more information, read his book, Eat to Live. I have linked to it below via my Amazon Associate account. I’m an affiliate, so if you buy the book, I receive a small commission, which does not affect your price.

 

I used dollar store bags of frozen pineapple and “tropical blend” which is mango, papaya, pineapple, and banana. I diced up a fresh banana too. The flaxseeds I purchase are from Wal-Mart (no expensive fancy brands here!) which I grind up in a coffee bean grinder. It takes me less than five minutes to make this smoothie and it tastes fantastic.

Use a coffee bean grinder to grind fresh flaxseeds. Freshly ground flaxseeds contains more of the healthy oils you need to fight inflammation. 

Turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory herb, as is ginger. Flaxseed provides omega-3 fatty acids and other ingredients to reduce inflammation; pineapple contains bromelain, another chemical identified as an anti-inflammatory substance.

One word of caution: this smoothie turns out a sort of weak puke green color. Don’t be alarmed! It tastes wonderful!

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Tropical Smoothie - Anti-Inflammatory Smoothie
Whip up this tasty tropical drink that includes healthy herbs, fruits, and vegetables to quench the fires of inflammation in your system.
Course Smoothie
Keyword smoothie recipe
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings
20 ounce
Ingredients
Course Smoothie
Keyword smoothie recipe
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings
20 ounce
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Place whole flaxseeds in a coffee bean grinder and grind until powder. Add to blender.
  2. Add sugar and spinach to blender.
  3. Peel and cut the banana into slices and add to blender.
  4. Add spinach to blender and almond milk.
  5. Add frozne fruit. Cover. BLEND on smoothie setting for 1 minute.
  6. Pour and enjoy!
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Fresh Food Wednesday: A Review of Oloves

This is a review of Oloves. The company sent me a free sample in exchange for an honest review.
I love olives. All kinds of olives. From sweet black olives added to a Greek salad to tangy green olives tossed with Romaine, a salad just tastes better with olives.
So I was intrigued when I was asked to review a product called Oloves. Oloves are packaged, flavored, delicious olives. They come in sealed packages like the one pictured above, and you buy them in cartons of several packages. Each package contains a satisfying amount for a healthy snack, or enough to add zest to at least two entree salads.
I was sent four types of Oloves to try. My favorite by far was the basil and garlic flavored green olives. Oh my, oh my! Like an Italian FEAST. I ate them directly from the package and loved every bite.
I received one package of each of the following flavors to review:

  • Oloves Basil and Garlic
  • Oloves Chili and Oregano
  • Oloves Lemon and Rosemary
  • Oloves Chili and Garlic

Among these flavors, by far the best was the basil and garlic. The flavors blended well with a salad and with a dish of zucchini, chick peas and tomatoes that I cooked for supper one evening. The Lemon and Rosemary olives tasted great as a snack. I mixed a small dish of lemon and rosemary Oloves with fresh cherry tomatoes and a sprinkle of feta, dressed it with the juices from the Oloves pouch, and it was perfect.
The Chili flavors were just too darned hot and spicy for me to get the full flavor of the olives themselves. The Basil and Garlic and Lemon and Rosemary Oloves contained green olives, while the two chili flavors used black olives as the base. I think the green olives themselves were superior in freshness and taste to any you can buy in the store. If I bought them again, I would definitely buy the basil/garlic flavors and maybe the lemon/rosemary flavors.

Source: Imelenchon, Morguefile.com

Oloves: My New Favorite Olive Brand
Oloves are a great idea. The little packs are sealed, so you can pack them in a child’s lunch box or in your own bag to take to work. There are no pits or stones, so you can just pop them in your mouth. They taste great and satisfy a craving for salty-fatty foods without sacrificing your diet or calories. Each package contained under 100 calories, so they made a great diet-friendly snack.
Olives themselves are wonderfully healthy for you and part of the so-called heart-healthy “Mediterranean diet”.  Oloves are gluten-free, vegan and 100% kosher, so they fit into many different diet plans.
I really loved this product and look forward to purchasing more. I recommend it to anyone interested in a healthy snack option or who loves olives just as much as I do!
Disclaimer: I received four free packages of Oloves as part of this review from the company. I was not paid to endorse the product or to write this review, and this review reflects my own personal opinion of the product. The Oloves photo at the top is used under license from my Amazon affiliate link. If you click the picture, you can buy the product on Amazon, and I receive a small commission. This does not affect your price in any way.
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