PCOS friendly diet – anti-inflammatory drinks

A lot of our talk about the PCOS diet is about things to leave out and I’m afraid that’s really only half the picture. To really get the best out of your diet, there are a lot of anti-inflammatory things that you should be including and I’ll try and talk about a specific anti-inflammatory diet later in the month. As much as I love to cook with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory spices and ingredients, a lot of the time it’s easiest to just drink them. There are two drinks I drink a lot, one in the summer and one in the winter.

ANTI-INFLAMMATORY SMOOTHIE

1 cup coconut water

1 cup chopped fresh pineapple

1 – 2cm fresh ginger, peeled (to taste)

1 tsp milled flax seed

1 tsp camu camu powder (Optional)

Throw everything in a blender and blend until smooth. Super antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, as well as the electrolytes in the coconut water making this really hydrating after a work-out, although I will admit it looks like pond water. I have been known to chuck a handful of parsley in if I’ve got some kicking about the fridge too lol. Macronutrients for the win!

TURMERIC LATTE

1.5 cups almond (or other dairy-free alternative) milk

1 tsp turmeric powder (or an inch of fresh root sliced if you can get it)

1/2 tsp ginger (or 1/2 inch of fresh root sliced if you can get it)

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp black pepper

1 tsp coconut oil

1 tsp raw cacao powder

1 tsp coconut palm sugar

Chuck everything in a pan and warm GENTLY until it’s hot. Strain into a cup. Enjoy. It sounds like a weird blend but the turmeric is the active ingredient in this and it’s not readily bioavailable. If you skip out the black pepper and coconut oil, you won’t absorb the turmeric. It has quite a strong flavour so the ginger and cinnamon, as well as being antioxidant and anti-inflammatory in their own right, are there to disguise the flavour. I tend to drink this at night because the magnesium in the cacao powder aids sleep. I sometimes experiment with other spices too. Cardamom is almost as good for you as turmeric is so I’ll often throw a few pods in and simmer it for slightly longer. It really is an acquired taste though. You’ll hate it the first time you try it but it does grow on you.

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