K started with the sniffles last week… which meant that two days later, I had them too – the day we were leaving for our much-anticipated weekend away 😦
Did you know that having an autoimmune disease makes you more susceptible to infections and illnesses in general? It explains why I’ve had more colds than usual over the past year or two – usually, I never, ever get sick. Aside from the colitis, of course, but I don’t consider myself ‘sick’ because of it – at least, not ‘sick’ in the way that I am when my nose is stuffed up and my eyes are streaming!
Anyway, I wasn’t going to let a cold ruin my weekend, so I got to work whipping up this vitamin-packed, protein-boosted smoothie. It ended up being way too much for a single serving and I only had half of it. Also, the protein powder – the first time I’d used it in a smoothie – made the drink really grainy. Should one dissolve it in something before adding it to a drink? Let me know.
Flu-fighting fruit smoothie
- 2 oranges (vitamic C and polyphenols protect against viruses)
- a handful of ripe strawberries (vitamin C, fibre, calcium and iron, and they help to reduce inflammation)
- a handful of frozen blueberries (vitamin B complex, C, E and A, copper, zinc and iron – blueberries are loaded with antioxidants)
- 1 ripe banana (vitamins B6 and C, potassium, protein and fibre)
- +- 1 cup of yoghurt (I use home-made SCD/paleo coconut yoghurt – coconut is a healthy fat that aids in reducing inflammation)
- 1 serving pea protein powder (optional)
Add all the ingredients to your blender and blend until smooth.
Pour into two glasses, wrap up warm and enjoy its flu-fighting power!