So this has been my drink of choice every morning. I have taken Chef AJ’s chocolate smoothie and created something of my own that includes not only some anti-inflammatory ingredients but also a lot more greens.
I will say that since adding tumeric, cinnamon and walnuts to the recipe, I have felt noticeable improvement in hand strength for gripping when I first get up. The early morning hours are the worst if you have RA, and if you have any achy joints that is when they will hurt the most. The oats and walnuts also can help to fill you up and keep hunger at bay at least until lunch. So the following is my new chocolate smoothie recipe.
Breakfast Chocolate Smoothie
Handfuls of fresh kale and spinach (however much you want or however much your blender can handle)
1/4 cup chocolate unsweetened soy milk or other nondairy beverage (hempseed, rice, or almond milk can work just as well)
1/4 cup rolled oats, uncooked
1 tablespoon diced walnuts
1 tablespoon Hershey’s unsweetened cocoa
1 teaspoon ground flax
1 teaspoon ground tumeric
1-2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger (optional)
2 cups frozen blueberries, slightly thawed
1 frozen banana, slightly thawed (I throw both banana and blueberries into microwave for under 1 minute)
Put all ingredients and blend until smooth. Enjoy!