This healthy smoothie is not only delicious--it also boosts your daily dose of anti-inflammatory foods. It starts with a base of creamy gut-friendly kefir and includes cherries, which can lower the inflammatory marker C-reactive protein. Heart-healthy fats in avocado, almond butter and chia seeds deliver additional anti-inflammatory compounds to the body, while spinach offers a mix of antioxidants that sweep up harmful free radicals. Fresh ginger adds zing, plus a compound called gingerol, which preliminary studies suggest may improve inflammatory markers of heart disease if consumed daily.

Jamie Vespa MS RD
Source:, June 2019


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  • Place kefir in a blender. Add cherries, spinach, avocado, almond butter, ginger and chia seeds; puree until smooth. Pour into a glass; garnish with more chia seeds, if desired.


Nutrition Facts

410 calories; protein 17.4g 35% DV; carbohydrates 46.6g 15% DV; exchange other carbs 3; dietary fiber 10.1g 41% DV; sugars 33.1g; fat 20.1g 31% DV; saturated fat 3.9g 20% DV; cholesterol 13.4mg 5% DV; vitamin a iu 3532.2IU 71% DV; vitamin c 24.5mg 41% DV; folate 92mcg 23% DV; calcium 478.9mg 48% DV; iron 2.7mg 15% DV; magnesium 140.5mg 50% DV; potassium 1163.2mg 33% DV; sodium 169.4mg 7% DV; thiamin 0.2mg 18% DV.

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