My goal as a Health Coach is to help my clients get rid of inflammation by eliminating processed foods, sugar, gluten, dairy, GMO soy and corn and reducing alcohol intake. We want to crowd out these inflammatory foods, and crowd in anti-inflammatory foods. Foods that help get rid of inflammation are:
- Fruits and vegetables, especially leafy green vegetables, cruciferous vegetables, berries, oranges, and avocados.
- Onions, garlic, leeks, shallots and green onions
- Olive oil and coconut oil
- Nuts and seeds
- Fatty Fish like salmon, tuna and sardines
- Herbs and spices such as turmeric and cinnamon
Living a healthy life should not mean one of deprivation. I like to help my clients focus on all of the wonderful foods you CAN have instead of focusing on what you can’t have. There are so many delicious and healthy recipes that you can eat to help get rid of inflammation, like my Anti-Inflammatory Smoothie Bowl recipe below. You won’t believe how delicious and filling this is!
This smoothie bowl has lots of veggies, a small amount of blueberries, a little banana for sweetness, almond butter, some hemp seeds, and some avocado, to make it extra creamy! You can add your favorite plant based protein powder for an extra punch of protein.
By reducing foods that cause inflammation and increasing anti-inflammatory foods, combined with exercise, healthy sleep habits and stress reduction techniques, you are setting yourself up to look and feel great!
½ frozen banana
½ cup blueberries
1 handful spinach
1 handful baby kale
1 tbsp almond butter
1 tbsp hemp seeds
1 tbsp ground flaxseed
¼ cup almond milk (possibly a few tsp more if needed to blend)
Dash of cinnamon
1 date (optional to add sweetness)
Optional: Berries, nuts and seeds for toppings
Add all ingredients to a blender. (I use my Vitamix, but any high speed blender should work.) Blend on high, adding more almond milk if needed, but not too much that it becomes too thin. You may need to occasionally stop the blender and scrape down the sides so that it becomes easier to blend and smooth.
Pour the smoothie into a bowl and top with berries, nuts and seeds. Enjoy!