Over the last few months I have experienced a flare-up of peripheral pain from my Ankylosing Spondylitis. I’ve been having a lot of pain in my wrists and elbows, but am really hesitant to make any changes to my current medications because they have been working SO WELL for my back, hips, and eyes.
As you know if you follow me on Instagram (@life_A.S_erin) I have recently jumped feet first into the Autoimmune Protocol (basically an even more restrictive version of the Paleo diet). My goal is to cut out all of the foods that might be impacting the inflammation levels or irritating my body, and eventually [slowly] reintroduce them…hopefully figuring out which foods my body tolerates fine, and which ones I really can’t tolerate well *fingers crossed*
I have DEFINITELY struggled with changing the way I eat. I have the biggest sweet tooth, and LOVE my carby pasta and bread. Cutting those things out of my diet has been SO HARD. I’m also not super creative in the kitchen, so I was quickly getting bored of my 2 or 3 go-to AIP friendly meals.
I decided to do some research, and start expanding my Paleo Palette with an easy breakfast smoothie that was diet friendly, good for me, and tasty! I was also trying to focus on not just cutting things from my diet that may cause inflammation, but adding things to my diet that can help prevent or heal it. This drink is filled with ingredients that are shown help reduce inflammation and benefit those of us with autoimmune disease like ginger, turmeric, celery, and more!! 🙂
AIP-Friendly Green Breakfast Smoothie
Ingredient quantities listed filled eight 8-oz. mason jars
- 1 oz. peeled ginger root
- 1/2 tbsp. turmeric powder
- 3 cups leafy greens (I use spinach or kale, and press them down so its full cups)
- 1/2 cup chopped celery
- Juice from 1 lemon
- 4 cups cut pineapple
- 2 cups 100% orange juice*
- 25 g collagen peptides
*I found 100% fresh squeezed orange juice, no added sugars or ingredients to keep it AIP compliant, with added calcium and Vitamin D. I usually don’t like to buy juice with additives, but with my limited diet right now I felt I needed an extra source of calcium and Vitamin D!
I tossed everything into the blender and gave it a good mix! Then, filled eight 8-oz. mason jars and stuck them all right into the freezer! I LOVE when I can bulk prep foods, but I was a little skeptical on how this would turn out. I pull one jar out of the freezer the night before I want to drink it, and in the morning I just have to shake it up and it’s ready to do- DELISH!