Anti-Inflammatory Cherry-Spinach Smoothie

Anti-Inflammatory Cherry-Spinach Smoothie

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From: EatingWell.com, June 2019

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.

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  • 1 cup plain low-fat kefir
  • 1 cup frozen cherries
  • ½ cup baby spinach leaves
  • ¼ cup mashed ripe avocado
  • 1 tablespoon salted almond butter
  • 1 ( ½ inch) piece peeled ginger
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds, plus more for garnish

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  1. 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 information

  • Serving size: 1¾ cups
  • Per serving: 410 calories; 20 g fat(4 g sat); 10 g fiber; 47 g carbohydrates; 17 g protein; 92 mcg folate; 13 mg cholesterol; 33 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 3,532 IU vitamin A; 24 mg vitamin C; 479 mg calcium; 3 mg iron; 169 mg sodium; 1,163 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (71% daily value), Calcium (48% dv), Vitamin C (40% dv), Folate (23% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 3
  • Exchanges: 4 fat, 1½ fruit, 1 low-fat dairy

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