Super-Smoothies to Fight Inflammation & Aging

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There are few other more refreshing and tasty ways to get a huge dose of your daily recommended vitamins than a smoothie. Try the two delicious recipes that follow, adapted from my Secrets of Longevity Cookbook. One thing you will definitely need: a blender. I personally use a bullet blender, which lets you make a serving meant for one person.

Super-Smoothie #1: Anti-Aging Avocado-Goji Berry

Avocado smoothies are popular in South America and Asia. This version is based on a recipe from the Vilcabamba Valley in the southern region of Ecuador, a famous longevity spot. They don’t have goji berries in this region, but I added them so that you could benefit from their amazing antioxidant actions. Goji berries have among the highest levels of carotenoid antioxidants known. Avocados, meanwhile, have one of the highest instances of glutathione, which is one of the most potent antioxidants in nature. Together, they form a delicious anti-aging elixir.

Serves 2

1 avocado, peeled and pitted
3/4 cup hemp milk
3/4 cup cranberry juice
1/4 cup dried goji berries, soaked for 1 hour in water and drained

Put all of the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Divide between two glasses and serve immediately.

Super-Smoothie #2: Cool the Fire Tropical Blend

This recipe came from a region in Southern China called Hainan Island, a resort island that is also famous for its population of centenarians. The Hainan people drink this all year round to help with digestion. Tropical fruits are filled with enzymes: Pineapple is rich in bromelain and the papaya contains papain, both are natural anti-inflammatory substances, good for arthritis relief, diabetes prevention and heart-disease protection.

Serves 4

1/2 fresh pineapple, peeled, cored and coarsely chopped
2 kiwis, peeled and coarsely chopped
1 small papaya, peeled, seeded and coarsely chopped
1 cup seedless grapes
1 cup unsweetened cherry juice
2 heaping tablespoons hemp powder
1 tbsp flaxseed oil
2 cups almond milk, chilled

Put all of the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Divide between four glasses and serve immediately. Enjoy!