I’ve been experimenting with smoothies lately. The one I’m talking about in this post is my go-to morning drink of choice. This purple smoothie is so good I want to share it with you. It’s anti-inflammatory, and it’s vegan!
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As I mentioned in my previous post, I was prescribed by my physician an anti-inflammatory medication for arthritis in my lower back. I prefer not to take medication regularly if at all possible, therefore, I’ve made a few simple changes to my lifestyle. While I’m not claiming to be vegan, I do realize the benefits of a plant-based diet and try to stay away from meat products more often than not.
Every ingredient I chose for this smoothie has a specific purpose. Blueberries and turmeric are both anti-inflammatory foods, strawberries are antioxidants, bananas for potassium, agave nectar as a vegan sweetener (I don’t always use this because I’m trying to cut back on sugar), and rice milk as a vegan alternative to cow’s milk. I prefer rice milk over soy. Now, the star ingredient is my Asahi Aojiru powder which contains 21 different vegetables.
I discovered Asahi Aojiru while viewing a live video from a page I follow on Facebook. The owner of the page who lives in the Tokyo area was informing her audience that as a result of adding this powder to her daily smoothies, her skin began to improve. I went to the nearest drug store and purchased a box that very day!
I did some research (translator app because I can’t read Japanese) and found that the main ingredient in these green packets is Young Barley Leaves (barley grass), which many have claimed to be a significant source of highly beneficial vitamins and nutrients. Not only is it stated that barley grass contains more calcium than cow’s milk, but it also has chlorophyll which is a natural detoxifier. Most importantly for me, barley grass is effective in helping to reduce inflammation. So here I was trying to get beautiful, glowing skin, and ended up helping my back issue as well! Other vegetables listed are carrot, apple, orange, lemon, spinach, asparagus, red bell pepper, mustard spinach, watercress, pumpkin, purple cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, beets, Akajiso, celery, lettuce, Chinese cabbage, kale, parsley, eggplant, onion, radish, and cabbage.
Interested in making this smoothie? Here you go:
Makes approximately 2.5 cups.
1 cup of Rice Milk
1 1/5 cups of Blueberries
1 cup of Strawberries
1/2 tsp. of Turmeric
2 Tbsp. of Agave Nectar (optional)
One packet of Asahi Aojiru powder
Blend all together until smooth and serve while cold enjoy!
* I use frozen berries, but you can use fresh ones if you choose.
All the best, always,