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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.

Source: EatingWell.com, June 2019

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Recipe Summary

active:
5 mins
total:
5 mins
Servings:
1
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Ingredients

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Directions

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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.

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Nutrition Facts

1 3/4 cups
410 calories; protein 17.4g; carbohydrates 46.6g; dietary fiber 10.1g; sugars 33.1g; fat 20.1g; saturated fat 3.9g; cholesterol 13.4mg; vitamin a iu 3532.2IU; vitamin c 24.5mg; folate 92mcg; calcium 478.9mg; iron 2.7mg; magnesium 140.5mg; potassium 1163.2mg; sodium 169.4mg; thiamin 0.2mg.

4 fat, 1 1/2 fruit, 1 low-fat dairy

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