A crisp, inflammation-reducing juice recipe with an almost-addicting blend of sweet fruits and tasty veggies.
Inflammation is a menace.
Research has shown that chronic inflammation can lead to a number of diseases and health conditions. It is associated with heart disease, diabetes, cancer, arthritis, bowel diseases (like Crone's) and much more.
Luckily, there's a way you can fight back. We have learned that an anti-inflammatory diet is one of the best ways to fight off inflammation for good.
Over five years ago, I was diagnosed with a joint disorder that is a type of degenerative arthritis and was told the only way I could get relief from the pain is to have surgery. Not wanting to go that route, I started researching how to heal naturally with diet.
For the last two years, I have been drinking my anti-inflammatory shot recipe every morning (pineapple, green apple, lemon and ginger) and my joint pain is virtually non existent. I know it works, because if I skip more than a day, the pain comes back.
I asked expert chef Ari Sexner to come up with a powerful anti-inflammatory green juice recipe based on my shot recipe. He explains how he did it:
"For this blend, our focus was to take Robin's daily inflammation fighter shot recipe (pineapple, green apple, ginger and lemon) and adjust it to become more of a juice rather than a shot.
To do this we adjusted the ratios of sweetness from the green apple and pineapple, and used cucumber and celery to tone down and balance out the flavor. Then we added spinach to make it slightly more vibrant green, and kept a touch of lemon to keep it green though its shelf life."
Click here to skip straight to the recipe. Read on to learn why we love it.
Why We Love This Anti-Inflammatory Juice Recipe
This fresh juice recipe (obviously) reduces inflammation, but guess what? It tastes amazing too.
Chef Ari did a great job choosing natural anti-inflammatory foods that work well together when juiced. The result is a crisp juice with an almost-addicting blend of sweet fruits and tasty veggies.
The many health benefits of this gluten-free juice include:
- Reduces inflammation (obviously). Every ingredient has anti-inflammatory properties.
- Rich in antioxidants. Every ingredient also has different antioxidants (like potassium) that your body needs.
- Supports immune system health. There is a ton of immune-boosting vitamin C in this anti-inflammatory drink.
- High in vitamins and minerals. These include vitamin K, vitamin A, vitamin B9-Folate and beta-carotene.
- Can lower blood pressure and sugar. Apples are great for this.
- Assists with weight loss goals. Most juice recipes are good for weight loss, and this one is no exception.
- Good for detox. Ginger and lemon are detoxing staples.
- High in bromelain. Pineapple is super rich in this protein-digesting enzyme that can help reduce inflammation.
All that in one glass. Great deal, right?
What Foods Reduce Inflammation?
Here is a nice list of anti-inflammatory foods (including links to relevant juicer recipes, when available):
- Berries (recipe: Berry Explosion Juice)
- Oranges (recipe: Carrot Pineapple Orange Juice)
- Cherries (recipe: Homemade Cherry Limeade)
- Grapes (recipe: Grape Lemon Pear Juice)
- Other fruits
- Leafy greens like spinach and kale (recipe: The Best Healthy Green Juice)
- Broccoli (recipe: Broccoli Carrot Juice)
- Turmeric (recipe: Juice Shot with Turmeric)
- Dark chocolate and cocoa
- Olive oil
- Fatty fish like salmon and tuna (no juicer recipes for this one, thankfully)
Inflammatory Foods to Avoid
Here is a quick list of common foods that cause inflammation:
- Fried foods
- Refined carbs
- Processed meats
Here is a helpful infographic from Harvard Health that sums all of this up:
- reduces inflammation
- lowers blood sugar
- lowers blood pressure
- supports immune system
- aids weight loss
pineapple6.37 oz1 cup chunked pineapple
green apple6.5 oz1 medium apple
spinach1.9 oz2 cups spinach
cucumber1.8 oz1/5 cucumber
celery0.85 oz2/3 medium celery stalk
lemon0.83 oz1/4 medium lemon
ginger0.3 oz1 inch chunk of ginger root
Wash and weigh the produce.
Prep the pineapple by removing the green crown and cut into chunks.
Quarter the lemon (leaving skin on) and place directly into the press. If you don’t have a juice press, peel the lemon and juice with the rest of the ingredients.
Grind remaining ingredients together and press.
Leave 2 or 3 chunks of apple for the very end. Apples do a good job at cleaning the grinder and pushing any bits of produce through that didn’t make it through
Your cucumbers should be dark green with minimal to no yellow spots – these spots tend to develop once the cucumber becomes overly ripe
Juice the cucumber with the peel on if organic (remove if not organic). The peel contains beta-carotene, an important antioxidant that the body converts to Vitamin A.