Last Updated on January 1, 2022
This anti inflammatory smoothie recipe features an underappreciated “superfood” that’s commonly mistaken for a weed.
Green smoothie pros, put down your avocados and spinach. Here’s something a little different from your everyday smoothie, featuring one of my favorite foraged greens, purslane.
Free superfood? YES! Purslane may be growing in your yard at this very moment — go check and then blend yourself a refreshing, healthy anti inflammatory smoothie!
You can totally use spinach if that’s all you have on hand, because you’re going to want to go try this winning combination as soon as you finish the post!
Until a couple years ago, my smoothies were pretty much always just yogurt blended with whatever frozen fruit had accumulated in the freezer. But when I started whirring up fruit + veggie combinations for baby purees, I discovered that vegetables were actually a pretty tasty addition to grown-up smoothies and twigged onto the whole green smoothie thing that’s now caught on in a big way.
After I finished putting up the little one’s blueberry-broccoli combo, I’d leave some in the blender for myself. I found that the little bits of frozen broccoli actually add a surprisingly nice texture and no detectable flavor if you’re not too heavy-handed.
Why to Try This Anti Inflammatory Smoothie Recipe
When there were some extra beets lying around, a smoothie veteran suggested adding them to my next concoction. The only fruit on hand was canned pineapple,* so that went in as well, with some frozen broccoli for texture. A little flax for omega-3s and fiber, and then some ginger and turmeric for an anti-inflammatory boost. This combo worked surprisingly well; the ginger wasn’t overpowering, and the normally bitter turmeric wasn’t even noticeable.
Plus a sprinkle of chia — I felt like I’d started the day supercharged by all these healthy ingredients, just like all the proponents of green smoothies promised. Real or imagined? You’ll have to decide for yourself after your own anti inflammatory smoothie!
–> Check out this post on anti-inflammatory food for more on why these are great ingredients to sneak in anywhere you can for pain relief, long-term health, and anti-aging. Here are 20+ top superfoods to consider eating more often.
I challenged myself to add other super-ingredients and got to thinking about purslane, a truly amazing little weed I’ve mostly ignored as it flourished on my boulevard. After double-checking a couple weed identification sites, I went out and picked some, as I was running low on other smoothie ingredients and didn’t think anything could beat purslane nutritionally.
I’m pleased to report that purslane-pineapple-ginger anti inflammatory smoothie is really tasty, and you can find purslane just about anywhere for free during the growing season. One of your neighbors might even offer you money to take it away!
According to John Kallas, author of Edible Wild Plants, the whole plant is edible. Don’t worry about taking the last little bits from your yard, as it seems this little wonder plant is indestructible.
Packed with vitamins and one of the best plant sources of omega-3s, this green is versatile and works well as a salad ingredient, in stir-fries, and of course as the green in your green smoothie. Here are a bunch more things you can do with purslane if you have any left over after your smoothie.
I like it so much, I’ve tried harvesting and spreading the seeds in other unused areas of the yard. I even bought some of the golden variety to plant as a groundcover in an area that needed one.
Yup, I planted weeds, purslane’s that cool.
Here’s a purslane recipe to try next time you want a not-too-sweet anti inflammatory smoothie with some serious nutritional punch.
No purslane growing near you? You can sub in spinach, or forage some other green goodness, like wild violets, lambsquarters, wood sorrel, or dandelions. The very mild tasting Virginia waterleaf is an exceptionally early green that’s available pretty much all season, and it would work well in this smoothie.
Anti Inflammatory Smoothie Recipe with Purslane, Pineapple & Ginger
1 loose-packed cup of purslane (fine if you include some thinner stems and seeds) or spinach
1 cup fresh or frozen pineapple*
1/2 c. yogurt, or non-dairy milk/kefir if preferred
1/2 tsp. ground turmeric
1/2 tsp. fresh ginger, diced
Optional: 1 tsp ground flax and/or chia seeds for additional fiber and nutrients. (Follow this link for a great price on chia!)
If you like a sweeter anti inflammatory smoothie, you could add a half a banana, a little all-fruit jam, or some honey. You can sub in other greens foraged from your yard as well. Try violets earlier in the season, as well as lambsquarters or chickweed.
There are quite a number of other edible and medicinal weeds worth knowing about. I highlight several of them in this post on weeds you can eat.
Bottoms up! If you try this anti-inflammatory smoothie recipe, leave a note in the comments and tell me what you thought.
**Be sure to read instructions on weed identification carefully before foraging for wild edibles.** Steve Brill warns when looking for purslane:
Beware of spurge, a different-looking poisonous creeping wild plant that sometimes grows near purslane. The stem is wiry, not thick, and it gives off a white, milky sap when you break it. If you’re very careless, you may put some in your bag along with purslane, because they sometimes grow together on lawns, gardens, and meadows.
Up here in the northern part of the country, purslane doesn’t seem to get going till it’s quite warm, late June through the fall frost. If you live in a more temperate climate, you can find it sooner.
I’ve started gathering up all I can find and popping it in the freezer for anti inflammatory smoothies after everything’s blanketed in snow.
>>>> If you need more smoothie inspiration, check out more than 50 of the best easy healthy smoothie recipes I’ve rounded up for you!
*Pineapple is on a lot of lists of anti-inflammatory foods, but according to the Nutrition Diva, the canning process destroys the key enzyme, bromelain, which is what all the excitement is about.
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Susannah is a proud garden geek and energy nerd who loves healthy food and natural remedies. Her work has appeared in Mother Earth Living, Ensia, Northern Gardener, Sierra, and on numerous websites. Her first book, Everything Elderberry, released in September 2020 and has been a #1 new release in holistic medicine, naturopathy, herb gardening, and other categories. Find out more and grab your copy here.
Another great post!!! I’m finally moving to my home up north, and nearly one of the first things I noticed after your edibles post was how much of it grows in my garden. Actually, this realization was made only AFTER I spent 2 days pulling pursulane and lemon hearts OUT of my garden boxes!!!! I’m glad you made mention of spurge as I didn’t know about that, and I don’t want to end up like Christopher McCandless.
Keep the great stuff coming!
Isn’t it amazing no one taught us about this stuff? Hope your purslane comes back! The internet is a wonderful thing.
Good luck with your move and thanks for the comment. 🙂
This recipe looks great… so packed with good ingredients! Pinning and I can’t wait to try it!
Thanks! Let me know what you think 🙂
Sarah Harding says
Oh my. We had purslane in our CSA last year and I had SO much and no ideas on what to do with it. I don’t know why I didn’t think of smoothies. What a tasty-sounding recipe!
Wow, your farmers grew purslane? Where’s their farm? And I’m curious what they told you about it; such an unusual crop. In addition to smoothies I would throw whatever’s left in stir fries, frittatas or soups and pop some in the freezer for use in winter cooking. So cool you have a surplus; I never have enough!
Great post. Not sure we have any purslane around here on not, but I have to keep my eyes open. Smoothies are such a wonderful way to get high powered energy meals. Thanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays. Pinned & tweeted! .
I love the ingredients in this smoothie! I’m going to gave to pick some purslane and give this a try! Thanks so much for sharing it at Savoring Saturdays. 🙂
Elaine Matthews says
Well I never heard of purslane!! I love the anti-inflammatory agents in these ingredients…and it taste good too!! Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday!! See you later this week!! Pinned!
Alicia Owen says
How cool! I’m not sure I’ve ever heard of purslane, but it does look familiar. I’ve not gotten adventurous in my smoothie endeavors yet. 😉 Thanks for stopping by #FarmFridays!
I had never heard of purslane before. What an interesting little super plant. Thanks for sharing you smoothie recipe with us at Merry Monday this week!
I finally have some purslane! (Splurge loves my garden beds.) I can’t wait to make this.
Tessa Simpson says
Purslane is SO tasty….I discovered a year or two ago when some hitchhiked into my garden via another plant I bought, and no surprise, it’s been here ever since. Super invasive, so you have to stay on top of it. but it is super delicious!!! Will try adding it into smoothies, thanks!