Raspberry Vanilla Smoothie

Posted May 14, 2015 in smoothie, Raspberry Vanilla Smoothie, raspberries, anti-inflammatory, inflammation, Daily Burn, healthy eating, snacks, summer

I've been absolutely obsessed with raspberries lately. I love them on top of my morning oats drizzled with cashew butter. Mmmmm….

Besides being little sweet and tart bites of delight, raspberries are full of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory phytonutrients. (source)

Have you noticed that inflammation has been a pretty hot topic in health news lately? I've seen tons of articles lately on the best anti-inflammatory foods and how to reduce inflammation. What does having inflammation mean? Well, inflammation is a normal part of the body's immune response. But excess sugar, saturated fat and processed foods can cause chronic inflammation, which plays a role in obesity, heart disease, depression and cancer. (source)

Your best bet for fighting inflammation is packing your diet full of fruits (berries!) and vegetables, whole grains and omega-3 fatty acids, and sticking to a regular workout routine. Reducing stress is also a good idea.

I recently bought ALL the raspberries at the grocery store, so I needed to expand my raspberry eating past breakfast. I was craving something sweet, so I threw together this delicious and simple smoothie.

It's the perfect summery smoothie - fruity, light and a tiny bit tart.

I used dates to sweeten this smoothie a bit. My go-to smoothie sweetener is always banana, but I decided to get a little crazy and change things up. And it was so so good.

Raspberry Vanilla Smoothie

1 cup unsweetened almond milk

1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract

1 scoop vanilla protein powder

3 dates

1/2 cup raspberries

3 ice cubes

Blend until combined.


Also try my Double Chocolate Raspberry Smoothie and my Raspberry Passion Fruit Smoothie!

*This post inspired by the Daily Burn #ShowUsYourSmoothie Project, however all opinions expressed are 100% mine. More information on alternative protein sources can be found here.

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