Ginger Berry Anti-Inflammatory Smoothie

It's finally starting to feel like summer around here.

The temps are rising, the sun is out, and I'm eating berries at an alarming rate. Smoothies have also made a steady comeback into my weekly eats. All things that point to summer.

This post is sponsored by Earthbound Farm.

Anti-inflammatory Smoothie recipe with berries, pineapple, ginger, turmeric + more! |

I've recently been experimenting with packing smoothies full of anti-inflammatory ingredients. You may be wondering, why? No reason in particular, except for general well-being and to try something new. It's fairly well known that excessive + chronic inflammation in the body is not ideal for a variety of reasons. Excess inflammation can be triggered by a diet heavy in processed foods, refined sugars and carbohydrates, and trans fats. While I don't eat a strict, anti-inflammatory specific diet, I do strive to consume foods that fit into this category on a daily basis.

It seems appropriate during these warm, summer months that Earthbound Farm is celebrating smoothies. They're focusing on creating recipes that include spicy additions (not necessarily spicy-hot) you may not automatically think about adding to your daily mix. It's easy to overlook fresh and dried spices when making smoothies, but they can add an amazing pop of flavor and tons of healthy benefits. I really wanted to think outside the box for my contribution to their summer smoothie recipes, which is what spurred my interest in anti-inflammatory ingredients. 

Anti-inflammatory Smoothie recipe with turmeric + ginger |

I did quite a bit of ingredient research and a lot of experimenting in the kitchen to come up with today's smoothie recipe. This was the most challenging smoothie recipe I've ever tried to create. The first few were barely drinkable and definitely not share-worthy. I wanted to pack in as many of these anti-inflammatory ingredients as possible:

  • berries
  • ginger
  • basil
  • turmeric
  • chia seeds
  • pineapple
  • beets
  • walnuts
  • leafy greens
  • tart cherries
  • hemp seeds
  • avocado

Luckily, EBF's product lineup is filled with many of these anti-inflammatory foods, in fresh + frozen form. And with conventional produce like strawberries and spinach having some of the highest pesticide content loads you'll find, it's comforting knowing everything grown from Earthbound Farm is organic and non-GMO

Anti-inflammatory Smoothie Recipe with frozen berries, beets + more! |

And for this spiced summer smoothie, I went outside of my comfort zone and added frozen organic beets. If you know me, you know that I am not a fan of beets. However, I know they're incredibly healthy and full of anti-inflammatory properties, so I wanted to give them a chance.

Thanks to the berries, pineapple, and ginger, I was able to incorporate the beets without detection. I packed this smoothie with berries for their antioxidant powers and the pineapple for a nice boost of vitamin C. The avocado + chia seeds add healthy fats and staying power, to really help this smoothie stick with you all morning long. The avocado also adds a super creamy texture without the use of banana. I wanted all of the banana haters out there to be able to enjoy this smoothie, too! Turmeric and ginger are loaded with anti-inflammatory super powers, and ginger gives this smoothie a major kick of flavor + spice. I'm totally addicted.

Anti-inflammatory smoothie recipe with Earthbound Farm frozen fruit + beets |

Print Recipe!

Ginger Berry Beet Anti-Inflammatory Smoothie

gluten-free, vegan option // yields 1 large smoothie

  • 1+ cup non-dairy unsweetened milk
  • 1 cup frozen berry blend
  • 3/4 cup frozen pineapple
  • 1/4 cup frozen red beets
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated turmeric
  • 1/4 small/medium avocado
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 2 teaspoons raw honey (raw agave or pure maple syrup)

Place 1 cup of milk in your blender. Add all other ingredients. (If your berries are stuck together or there are large strawberries in your mix, try chopping them for easier blending.) Blend until smooth, adding more milk if needed. Taste and blend in more fruit/beets/avocado to your liking. 

Serve immediately, or store in a sealed bottle in the fridge for 24hrs (for the best flavor).

Anti-inflammatory Smoothie recipe with berries, beets, ginger + more! |

I like my smoothies super thick + served in a bowl with lots of toppings. How about you?


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Mocha Protein Smoothie

Hello, hello! I'm back in Colorado after a few weeks of cross-country travel. If this space has felt a little quieter than usual the traveling is why. I was able to get ahead and post some while away but not quite at my usual capacity.

The travel was a mix of work + play, starting with California for ExpoWest, a trip to Crested Butte with Chris, and then visiting my family in Ohio. There always seems to be a busy season with travel and I've just about wrapped it up. It definitely feels good to be home.

Vegan Mocha Protein Smoothie |

While you may see a few day gap between posts over here, you can always check out my Craftsy page to see what I'm cooking up over there. Posts go up about once a week and are a mix of new recipes and recipes I've posted here but tweaked for even more tastiness. 

This mocha protein smoothie was a recent favorite, and I just had to share over here as well.

This smoothie is flavored with instant coffee grounds (this fair trade company is my favorite for instant coffee) and cocoa powder, with a few other additions like dates, banana, and a drizzle of maple syrup. The banana flavor barely comes through, if you're not too keen on banana smoothies. It's used more for creaminess here.

Vegan Mocha Protein Smoothie |

While I do use protein powder from time to time I also enjoy trying to make smoothies, oatmeal, chia pudding, etc. with protein-packed pantry staples instead of store-bought powders.

The protein sources I chose for this smoothie were:

  • hemp seeds
  • chia seeds
  • cashews
  • soy milk
Vegan Mocha Protein Smoothie |

This smoothie is small but mighty. Each 12oz serving packs in approximately 440 cals - 17g protein - 11g fiber and a hefty amount of calcium, magnesium, and potassium. 

And the mocha flavor is spot on. It's lightly sweetened and a definite pick me up in the morning. You can eat breakfast and drink your daily cup of coffee all in one!

For more photos + recipe details visit my recipe on Craftsy:

---> Mocha-Flavored Vegan Protein Smoothie <---

Vegan Mocha Protein Smoothie |

You can also check out my other Craftsy recipes by visiting my personal blog page, HERE.

Also! The winner of The Complete Vegetarian Cookbook giveaway is: Emma! Her cooking disaster sounded like a doozy!

"I've started making homemade kefir and mine bubbled up and over the jar when I was gone, and I came home to find four cups of kefir that had spilled all over the counter, onto the floor, and into the heat/AC every time the heat comes on I smell tangy fermented milk. I could use this book for inspiration for "put-together" recipes, instead of my usual "fly by the seat of your pants and toss together whatever I have" recipes."

Thanks to all who entered and congrats to Emma! I'll be emailing you soon.