I’m getting over a cold. It was accompanied by a headache that made me want to curl up into a ball, dunk my head in a slurpee and punch the sun. Fun.
When I’m feeling under the weather I usually crave fruit, preferably in a cool beverage format. The nice thing about a smoothie is you can pack it with nutritious greens, like spinach or kale, and mask it with sweet fruit if drinking a vegetable weirds you out.
Now, I’m no doctor. A smoothie is no substitute for hot showers and long naps when you’re congested. But you’ll make your body happier packing in the vitamins rather than eating something else like tacos. Or donuts.
One ingredient in this smoothie is blackstrap molasses. I know it’s hard to imagine molasses as anything other than a sticky harbinger of destruction after The Great Molasses Disaster of 1919, but molasses are a great source of iron and calcium. It’s a natural sweetener with added benefits.
Another ingredient I use is coconut water, which is rich in potassium and antioxidants. I also throw in a little apple cider vinegar, which is said to help boost the immune system. Combine these with orange juice, greens and fruit, and you’re on your way to making your body happier.
Just liquefy in a blender:
- 1 banana
- 5-6 frozen (or fresh) strawberries
- small handful frozen (or fresh) blueberries
- ¼ cup coconut water
- ¼ cup orange juice
- handful fresh baby spinach or kale
- 1 tsp mollasses
- ½ tsp apple cider vinegar
I like that the greens turn into tiny specks - you’ll hardly taste them at all. With kale you may get a hint of a leafy aftertaste, but I actually rather like that. It’s fun to experiment with different fruits and vegetables when making smoothies.
I plan on getting a juicer in the near future, a decision that was inspired by a documentary I recently saw called Food Matters. While I strive to eat healthy, I could certainly use more fruits and vegetables in my diet and juicing would be an easy way to do it on a daily basis!