This pineapple breakfast smoothie is a delicious way to start your morning, and fight pain, too! A lot of people have challenges with breakfast – especially those that are plant-based. The last thing you want to do in the morning is eat a fried breakfast like bacon and eggs, or better yet, sugary cereals that leave us feeling more tired than when we woke up.
Sometimes people don’t feel full enough after consuming smoothies, and that’s why I included the ingredients I did – like chia seeds and greens to help stabilize energy and keep it lasting throughout the day.
Bromelain, a digestive enzyme in pineapple, fights inflammation by blocking metabolites which cause swelling. It is great for those suffering from arthritis and joint pain, because it greatly reduces the pain associated with those conditions.
Turmeric is another bonus food to eat if you suffer from inflammation and want to fight pain. In the journal Oncogene, a study was published that studied different anti-inflammatory compounds. They found that aspirin and ibuprofen were least effective, while curcumin was most effective – and dubbed it one of the best anti-inflammatory compounds in the world!
How’s that for a breakfast smoothie? Here are the ingredients!
– 2 cups fresh pineapple
– 1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
– 1 cup packed leafy greens of choice (I like spinach or kale)
– 1 inch fresh ginger root
– 1 inch fresh turmeric root
– 1 tbsp. chia seeds
Stick all of the above ingredients in a blender, and blend for 30 seconds until smooth. Enjoy!