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!
Flu-fighting fruit smoothie
I recently read about the ‘rule’ for eating fruit – how it should be consumed on an empty stomach, between meals rather than with or directly after them. You can read the article here, which Pure Ella posted on her Facebook page this week – thanks Ella!
This was news to me, as I often have fruit for ‘dessert’, right after eating – I love to complete a savoury meal with something sweet. And while I do think that everyone has to find a way of eating that works for them (I’m sure some people can eat fruit whenever they like with no ill-effects), I thought I’d give this theory a bash since I struggle so much with bloating, cramps, gas and discomfort.
Because I sometimes eat quite often throughout the day, it’s hard to find a two-hour gap where I haven’t touched any food – so for me, if I’m to eat fruit on an empty stomach, breakfast makes the most sense.
So this morning, I whipped up a super easy, nutrient-packed smoothie with fresh ingredients and my own homemade coconut yoghurt (recipe here), which adds a little healthy fat and some probiotics too. During the week as I’m dashing off to work, I probably wouldn’t have time to do this, but it was a great ‘treat’ for a Sunday morning.
Fresh fruit smoothie with homemade coconut yoghurt
- 1 medium-sized ripe banana
- 1 kiwi fruit
- 3 large strawberries
- Handful fresh or frozen blueberries (I used frozen)
- Roughly half a cup of yoghurt (I used home-made SCD coconut yogurt)
- A drizzle of honey (optional)
Chop all the fruit into smaller pieces and add to your blender or the measuring cup of your stick blender together with the yoghurt and honey. Blend until smooth and serve immediately.
Fresh fruit smoothie with coconut yoghurt
It couldn’t be easier, healthier or more delicious, and if you struggle to get the right amount of fruit or vegetables into your diet, this is a super easy way to get your recommended daily amount in one yummy burst. Enjoy!