Anti-Inflammatory Smoothie

An anti-inflammatory smoothie with beets, ginger, turmeric, and strawberries boosts your immune system and helps ease all the bloat.

Anti-Inflammatory Smoothie with beets, turmeric, ginger, and strawberries

I made this smoothie because I was bloated.

There, I said it.

From time to time, you may feel as though all the waterways in the world are ebbing and flowing throughout your body. And not in an I-feel-so-connected-to nature sort of way, but in a someone-stab-me-I-feel-like-a-balloon sort of way.  TMI? Never.

Laaaaaadies < –  sung like Missy Elliot. Sorry.

I try to live by the “let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” mantra. So when my holy temple has been overtaken by all the bloat, I try to stick to foods that will lessen the problem rather than worsen it. Hence: a smoothie that is made with anti-inflammatory ingredients.

My medicine of choice: beets, turmeric, ginger, and strawberries.

Anti-Inflammatory Smoothie with beets, turmeric, ginger, and strawberries

I used my Blendtec Blender. It’s a smoothie making MACHINE! Literally…it’s a machine that makes smoothies.

As you know, root vegetables are famous for their high concentration of anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. Beets, turmeric, and ginger have superpowers when it comes to fighting disease and easing inflammation. Plus all the vitamins and minerals work wonders for keeping your immune system high.

Did you know strawberries also help ease inflammation? They do!  They lower the levels of C-Reactive Protein (which is an inflammation-causing protein) in your blood stream. The level of CRP in your body has more to do with infection and disease and less to do with the occasional bloat, but it’s still good to know that strawberries have their own anti-inflammatory characteristic. I also learned strawberries help burn body fat. #strawberriesfordays.

Anti-Inflammatory Smoothie with beets, turmeric, ginger, and strawberries

My cup runneth over.

This is where I give you all the disclaimers:

Is this a dessert-in-a-glass kind of smoothie? Absolutely not.  This is a let’s-exoricize-the-bloat-demon smoothie and let’s do so lickety split. Which is my way of saying this smoothie doesn’t taste like butterfly kisses in a glass, but it also doesn’t taste bad. It has a creamy, earthy, zesty flavor. If you’re accustomed to “green” smoothies, you’ll take to it like white on rice, but it may not be the best Intro to Green Smoothies smoothie.

Normally, I add a frozen banana in all my smoothies for texture and sweetness, but I didn’t for this one, because: inflammation. I added about a teaspoon of fresh grated turmeric and ginger to the smoothie, but you can scale this up or down. Do note: if you aren’t familiar with turmeric, it has a bitter flavor, so don’t go overboard on it. You can enjoy the smoothie with full-fat coconut milk (or plain yogurt), goji berries, and raw cashews on top for some extra spunk.

Anti-Inflammatory Smoothie with beets, turmeric, ginger, and strawberries

And that is all. Let’s drink our anti-inflammatories!

Anti-Inflammatory Smoothie with beets, turmeric, ginger, and strawberries

Anti-Inflammatory Smoothie

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Author: Julia
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Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup beet roasted, chopped and frozen
  • 2 cups ripe strawberries chopped and frozen
  • 1 teaspoon fresh turmeric peeled and grated
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger peeled and grated
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • ½ cup orange juice

Options for serving:

Instructions

  1. Start by roasting or steaming your beet. I chop my beets into ½” pieces, wrap them in foil, and bake them in the oven for 45 to 50 minutes at 400 degrees. You can also chop the beet in half and steam it for 15 to 20 minutes or until it’s soft when poked with a fork.
  2. Once your beet is cooked, allow it to cool, then freeze it for at least two hours. You only need 2/3 cup so you may have extra roasted beet, which you can use for your salads.
  3. Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until completely smooth.
  4. Serve with full-fat coconut milk and goji berries.

Other healing smoothies:

Beet, Turmeric, and Mango Smoothie

Kale-Ginger Smoothie

Carrot Ginger Smoothie

Turmeric Lassi

Chocolate Beetroot Smoothie

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Comments

  1. Kari@Loaves n Dishes

    So pretty! I do like chilled beet borscht, so I’m thinking that I would really like this smoothie; but when it comes to a green smoothie I just chug it down down and get it over with, don’t hate them but don’t love them, but I know that sometimes a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do.

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    1. Julia Post author

      You said it sister, I’m never like “Ooooooh, gimme that green smoothie, I just want to sip on it and enjoy it.” So…I know exactly what you mean! 🙂

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      1. Don

        I regularly drink a green smoothie that has peaches, apple juice and I shot of Wheatgrass juice. It’s green and it’s good. Also I like to juice a head of Romain lettuce. Nothing sweet with it

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    1. Julia Post author

      Ah ha! I knew someone would ask! You can definitely use the ground form, and I would start with a small amount – 1/4 teaspoon of each? If you taste test the smoothie and think you can handle more, I’d adjust from there 🙂 Lemme know how you like it!

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    1. Julia Post author

      Beet smoothies definitely aren’t for everyone. I don’t typically drink them “just because.” I usually have to have a reason, like needing to get rid of some substantial bloat 😉

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      1. Don

        I’ve never had a beet smoothie but I do put a half of a large beet in with my carrot juice along with an apple or orange or occasional mango. Friends that hate beets say it taste like an exotic fruit drink. Beets in juice is like nuc mam in Thai dishes Horrible by itself but incredible with other ingredients.

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  2. Raquel @ My California Roots

    Hahaha, I feel like “the bloat” is just one of those things that you’re not supposed to talk about on a food blog, but every now and then you’re like, screw it! This is my own darn blog! And then you make crazy people like me laugh. Hope you feel better!

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    1. Julia Post author

      Haha, yeaaaah, this is pretty much a say anything blog. I just feel like so many people can relate to my recent bloatation, so why not help ’em out with a little beverage? 😉 Glad you got a good laugh.

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  3. Isadora @ she likes food

    I love your mantra! So perfect! I also love this smoothie and all it’s gorgeous color!! I have a very sensitive stomach and, unfortunately, it gets the bloat way too much. The fact that a delicious smoothie like this could cure that makes me so happy! Also, I keep seeing fresh turmeric at the store and it always makes me think of you and your perfect description of what it looks like! I think it is time I buy some!

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  4. Stephie @ EYHO

    I want throw pillows the color of this smoothie. Alex would hate that (because pink), but I’ll just tell him their making us not bloated.

    I’m good with the educational takeaways, huh?

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  5. Joanne

    TMI but I’m about to have that bloat of which you speak in the next week. Not looking forward to it. But now maybe I’m kind of looking forward to it because I have this smoothie in my life? It’s a very mixed emotion.

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    1. Julia Post author

      Haha! I never thought I’d say this, buuuuuut: Bring on that bloat! JK. Bloating sucks. Anyhoo, let me know if you try the smoothie next week. It’s super healing in all regards. If you’re not a fan of beets, you really could always add a banana to give it some sweet creamy creamsicleness. Let me know what you do and good luck out there 🙂

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  6. Rhiannon Desideri

    I got my wisdom teeth out this morning and my boyfriend made this for me for dinner!!! So delicious, and hopefully it will help with the swelling a little!!

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    1. Julia Post author

      Awwww! Feel better soon! I know from experience that wisdom teeth extraction isn’t pleasant. Get lots of good rest and drink all them smoothies, girl! If nothing else, the coolness will help sooth the pain. Best of luck, my dear xoxo

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      1. Rhiannon Desideri

        Thanks! I’ve been going through your site and sending him more smoothie recipes for his shopping list haha. I have a CSA so I think the kale-ginger one is next so I can get through some of this produce!

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  7. Dearna @tohercore

    I LOVE beetroot smoothies! Ever since I tried your choc beet smoothie from the book I’ve been hooked. I bet I would love this one too – and its coming into flu season in Australia, so perfect timing! 🙂

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    1. Julia Post author

      I thought about you when I was making this smoothie – not be cause of the bloating thing, but because I knew how much you liked the chocolate beetroot smoothie 😉 I’m glad you’re on board with a little immunity booster!! 🙂

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  8. Jules @ WolfItDown

    Hole moly! You’ve posted up so many new and amazing recipes since I was last in here and checked 🙂 Your blog is beautiful, and this smoothie looks amazing! I also liked your post on how to pickle chilli peppers at home, so inexpensive and much better than the storebought, I can imagine it would make great gifts as well 😀 I hope you are well, and having a lovely Wednesday Julia 🙂 x

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  9. Stacy Macholl

    This smoothie is just wonderful. I made it this morning with a couple minor changes/additions. I used a whole peeled navel orange instead of the juice, added chia seeds – about a Tablespoon, and also added about 1/3 cup coconut milk – full fat(canned). Thank you so much for the recipe.

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  10. Alisa Fleming

    You killed it with this one Julia! Question – I love, love ginger, but sometimes find it sharp and almost bitter in smoothies – is it a freshness issue or am I perhaps just using too much?

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    1. Julia Post author

      Thanks, Alisa!! I think it may be a combination of both – I’ve noticed some ginger is stronger/spicier than others (perhaps it’s a seasonal thing?), and I’ve also noticed I have to be careful about how much I use or else the ginger flavor can be overwhelming. Recently, all the ginger I’ve picked up from the store has been pretty mild and almost creamy tasting, so perhaps now it a good time to ginger-it-up! xoxo

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  11. Mamie Patin

    I’m curious as to the reason why the beets are roasted or steamed for this smoothie? Does it have more properties if done this way? I use it raw in my smoothies.

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    1. Julia Post author

      Hi Mamie, I like using cooked beets because I prefer the texture more. The smoothie also tastes less earthy to me when I use cooked beets versus raw beets. If you enjoy using raw beets, I don’t see a reason to switch to cooked 🙂

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      1. Mamie Patin

        Thank you Julia. I will try steaming or roasting the beets. My granddaughter might like it better. Great recipe.

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    1. Julia Post author

      Thanks, Leah! So glad you’re going to try the smoothie and coconut oil sounds like the perfect addition. Let me know how you like it!

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  15. Karen

    Adding pepper and coconut oil to this will help the body absorb the cucumin in the turmeric by 2000%

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