I began concocting this recipe when I learned how important a well-maintained diet is to managing thyroid disorders. I went on a bit of a health kick, as I started paying attention to my diet according to a couple of major personal health factors: Hypothyroidism and anemia (severe iron deficiency).
So I finally found a way to consume spinach, which is rich in iron. Now, I generally hate all things green. I try to make pretty salads and disguise lettuce in a million different ways, but it’s just not happening for me. So, I gave this green smoothie fad a chance, and it was a success! You can’t even taste the spinach in this.
When reading up on other thyroid-friendly foods, I found that healthy fats in coconut help control inflammation! Additionally, coconut fats boost immunity, nourish the gut and even help stabilize blood sugar. All of these things contribute to reduced stress on the body which ultimately benefits the thyroid gland. Thus, I have tried using full fat coconut milk as an alternative to almond milk in the smoothie. Both yield terrific results.
Blueberries are the real star of this recipe. They’re rich in antioxidants, which help protect and reduce inflammation of the thyroid gland.
Blueberries are also loaded with plenty more nutritional benefits, which is why they’re often referred to as ‘little blue dynamos‘! Even just a cup will serve your body well. Here are just a few explanations of the health advantages gained by consuming blueberries, according to the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council:
- Blueberries help meet the recommended daily fiber intake, aiding heart health and cholesterol
- Packed with vitamin C, one serving of blueberries increases immune function, promotes collagen formation as well as healthy gums and capillaries.
- Blueberries are high in manganese, contributing to strong bone development. Manganese is also vital in turning proteins, carbohydrates and fats into energy.
Anti Inflammatory Blueberry Smoothie
- 1 cup ice
- 1 cup blueberries
- 1 cup fresh spinach
- ½ cup almond milk or full-fat coconut milk (remember to double check for compliance if you’re on Whole30!)
- 1 banana, sliced
- ½ cup strawberries, optional
- In a blender or food processor, pulse the ice, blueberries and spinach.
- Stream in the milk and add sliced bananas.
- Scrape down the sides and bottom of the blender to prevent any remaining chunks of ice or spinach. Blend again until totally smooth.
What are your favorite ways to consume little blue dynamos? What’s your most valued health benefit when it comes to blueberries? Do you make smoothies to regulate your dietary needs? Comment below & share the knowledge!