Anti Inflammatory Smoothie

1 cup of water or plant-based milk
2 cups of kale or combination with others like spinach, beet greens, swiss chard..whatever is on hand
1/2 carrot
1 or 2 stalks of celery
1/2 medium apple or 1 small
1 banana or mango (to thicken & add nutrients)
1/2 cup blueberries (& cranberries)
1/2 orange or lemon or lime (no rind..tastes bitter)
Pineapple chunks 1/2 cup, grapes, etc to taste or any fruit in season that is on hand
Ginger root, 1-inch thumb size (fresh or dried)
Tumeric, 1-inch thumb size (fresh or dried)
***A shake or 2 of black pepper to make your body use the Turmeric
Flaxseed ground 2 heaping tablespoons
Hemp seed 1 tablespoon (for the heart)

Use a mighty blender like the Vitamix to liquify & smooth

This can be a meal replacement, very filling.

I do make 6 to 8 smoothies & freeze, defrost in frig or in a cold water bath.

**I use the Vita-Mix 32 oz jar which gives me 4 servings (+ -).
**I store the extra servings in the frig if using the next day or freeze (defrost smoothie container in a larger container with cold water) when wanted.
**I use a lot of my own frozen fruits but like to use fresh veg if possible. I make Kale pucks & freeze, also frozen spinach, beet greens & swiss chard. Variety LOL.
** I do not use any protein powders or processed additives with umpteen chemicals. The ingredients are all you need. Play with it & find what tastes you like.

This smoothie replaced the daily dosage of 6 extra-strength Tylenol for arthritis & gave me a ton of energy that pushed me out the door for a brisk (yes, brisk) walk. Hubby now has it daily for his arthritis too. So what have you got to lose?

Shirley & Odie 2 at Niagara on the Lake Sept 16 2018
Shirley & Odie 2 at Niagara on the Lake Sept 16 2018

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