I'm sore. I've been kicking my butt lately: running, squat challenge, and Tracy Campoli's awesome workout videos. That's what you do when you are on summer break and have time to get into shape! I'm loving it, I can actually see definition in my abs! That's a first. But along with all this muscle building, fat crushing, working out comes sore muscles and mild inflammation. All inflammation isn't bad, it's how our bodies heal, grow, repair, and become stronger. But to keep it under control and expedite the healing process there are certain foods we can focus on. So, when you can't bend down to get something out of the bottom shelf of the fridge because you did 400 squats yesterday, try this anti-inflammatory smoothie!
Turmeric- contains a powerful antioxidant in the form of a yellow pigment called curcumin. If you want to see how it works and some legit studies suggesting that turmeric does help dampen the inflammatory response within our cells, visit nutritionfacts.org and watch this video called: Which Spices Fight Inflammation?
Cherries- studies have shown that their anti-inflammatory effects lead to reduced DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) after vigorous exercise such as weight lifting and long long distance running. Studies have even linked cherry consumption to a faster recovery after running a marathon! Need some proof? Another video that will blow your mind: Reducing Muscle Soreness with Berries.
Nutritionfacts.org is my go to website for totally legit, peer reviewed, and doctor approved nutrition facts based on quality research. Dr. Michael Gregor sifts through newly published research papers and studies, puts them together in a video, and delivers well-rounded, research backed facts on almost any nutrition topic. Highly recommended.
cherry + turmeric smoothie bowl
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 cup frozen cherries
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1" piece of turmeric
- 1" piece of ginger
- 1 Tbsp flaxseed meal
- spirulina powder
- raw buckwheat groats
- hemp seeds