Reduce Pain and Inflammation with a Ginger and Turmeric Smoothie
Ginger and turmeric have demonstrated significant impacts on reducing pain and inflammation respectively.
They also happen to complement each other nicely.
Turmeric is bitter and ginger is spicy, together they soothe.
I’m playing with different combinations of ginger and turmeric in smoothies. Here is a simple smoothie recipe that tasted good. Green smoothies are so clean tasting too. If you enjoy them, you are getting a nutritionally dense snack.
Into my mid 40s here, I’ve been feeling signs of age. Some aches in my hips (arthritis?), as well as suffering from some digestive issues related to a surprise return of IBS (hormones?), this vegan green smoothie should help out with inflammation issues like these.
1 tsp powdered ginger a day was found in studies to be as effective as prescription migraine medication for eliminating headaches and migraine pain.
Another study found the same amount of ginger powder significantly reduced or eliminated menstrual cramp pain.
I personally can vouch for 1 tsp of ginger a day in my breakfast, tea or smoothie taking pain completely away.
Does it work for you?
FODMAP rating – low FODMAP smoothie.
Instructions and Ingredients
- 1 banana frozen
- 1 cup spinach packed
- 1 tsp cocoa powder
- 1 tsp ginger
- 1/4 tsp turmeric
- 1 cup soy milk or other non-dairy milk
- 1 tbsp peanut butter
- 1/2 cup water or ice
- Blend ingredients, really stuff the spinach in there, it shrinks quite a bit.
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My husband can’t eat nuts due to heart disease, but otherwise this smoothie would be great for him. How much difference would it make to leave the peanut butter out?
Hi Peggy, I can understand why it would be good to avoid the fat in the peanut butter for someone with heart disease. I’d suggest substitutes with a sweetness, as cocoa powder is bitter, and peanut butter is surprisingly sweet. Perhaps a heaping tablespoon of vanilla VegaOne protein powder, or powdered peanut butter like PB2 (fat free). A few cubes of frozen mango or pineapple might also work, but then the smoothie would be less filling. A trick I’ve just learned is to add some raw carrot to make a smoothie thicker. I hope you experiment and find something he likes!