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For those struggling with chronic disease, like diabetes, Celiac, and Crohn’s, controlling inflammation is key to reducing pain and managing symptoms. An anti-inflammatory diet loaded with nutrient-dense foods is the best way to decrease inflammation and help you feel your best. Smoothies are a quick and easy way to pack a ton of nutrition into one delicious drink.
Here are 6 simple steps to creating an amazing anti-inflammatory smoothie to soothe your chronic disease symptoms:
1. Choose a liquid base and add ice to taste.
- Almond milk
- Coconut water
- Hemp milk
- Oat milk
- Coconut milk
2. Add unlimited nutrient-dense veggies
3. Add 1-2 fruit servings for flavor. A serving is a ½ cup.
4. Add a scoop of your favorite protein.
5. Consider a healthy fat.
For a meal-replacement smoothie, fat can help you stay full longer.
- Coconut oil
- Nut butter
6. Top with anti-inflammatory add-ons
- Chia seeds
- Aloe juice
- Spirulina or chlorella
- Hemp seeds
Smoothie Tips for Diabetes
Limit high sugar fruits. Use unsweetened liquids as a base. For added sweetness look to natural sugar-free sweeteners like stevia or monk fruit extract. Focus on additives with fiber like flax or chia to help manage blood sugar.
Smoothie Tips for Crohn’s
Consider Kombucha or plain yogurt as a base for an added dose of probiotics. Be cautious with adding too much fiber if it is difficult to tolerate. Avoid any foods you have sensitivities to or that cause digestive discomfort.
Smoothie Tips for Celiac disease
Avoid any ingredients that contain gluten. Load up on anti-inflammatory additives like turmeric and ginger. Choose organic produce, if possible.