Anti-inflammatory Strawberry Smoothie (Dairy free, gluten free, vegan)

AntiInflammatorySmoothieThis anti - inflammatory smoothie caught my eye while reading ultramarathoner Scott Jurek's book, Eat and Run. I've had this book on my list to read for awhile - intrigued by this vegan athlete who a) runs ultramarathons (think 75 miles + for a race. In the desert. For fun) and b) has a plant based diet. Here's a bit about Scott via his website. "For nearly two decades, Scott Jurek has been a dominant force — and darling — in the grueling and growing sport of ultrarunning. In 1999, as a complete unknown, he took the lead of the Western States Endurance Run, a 100-mile traverse over the old Gold Rush trails of the California Sierra Nevada. He won that race 7 years in a row, setting a course record along the way. Twice he won the Badwater Ultramarathon, a 135-mile "jaunt" from the bottom of Death Valley to the shoulders of Mount Whitney. He triumphed in the 153-mile Spartathlon in Greece three times. Recently,  he set a new American record by running 165.7 miles in 24 hours - 6.5 marathons in a day. And he was one of the elite runners who traveled to Mexico to run with the Tarahumara Indians, as profiled in the runaway bestseller Born to Run. His accomplishments are nothing short of extraordinary, but that he has achieved all of this on a plant-based diet makes his story all the more."

Can you see why I had his book on my must read list? I mean, a book about running AND food? I'll take two.

Truth be told, I'm not a huge fan of strawberries (too sweet for my liking...although I will take them dipped in dark chocolate on my birthday! Even better with some champagne and while getting a manicure. #mybroisthebest ) It wasn't until I read the rest of the ingredient list that I was sold on this smoothie.

Strawberries, eh. But frozen shelled edamame in a smoothie? With miso? And ginger? And tumeric? Oh hell yyeeeaaahhh.

Not only was that miso+edamame+ginger+tumeric combo super appealing to the part of my brain that a) loves random food combos and b) trying something new, but holy smoothie that could do amazing things.

Ginger and tumeric are both used in medicinal healing, especially in Asia and India. They both  have very strong anti-inflammatory properties. Ginger is particularly useful in treating chronic inflammation because it partially inhibits two important enzymes that play a role in inflammation gone awry -- cyclooxygenase (COX) and 5-lipoxygenase (LOX).

Miso is also a disease fighting powerhouse and has a dense concentration of nutrients.  The Japanese have been using this fermented food for centuries. Personally, I love any opportunity to incorporate miso into my meals. A tablespoon goes a long way with this food.

Are you now convinced that this smoothie packs some serious anti-inflammatory and healing properties?!

Anti - inflammatory Strawberry Smoothie (Dairy free, gluten free, vegan, delicious) 2 cups of water 1 banana 1 cup frozen or fresh strawberries 1/2 cup frozen mango 1/2 cup frozen pineapple 1/2 cup frozen shelled edamame 1/4 cup dried coconut flakes 3 tablespoons of plant protein powder (brown rice, pea, etc.) 1 1/2 teaspoons of miso teaspoon of ground turmeric 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

Add ingredients to blender and blend on high for 1-2 minutes.

(This will give you 2-3 smoothie servings.) Thanks to Scott Jurek for the inspiration.