About a month ago I was struck with a horrid flu that I struggled to shift. I was having a crazy-busy time at work, burning the candle, organising/attending evening events (albeit fun – I’m not complaining!) plus general life stuff – and I just didn’t have time to relax or recuperate until I eventually ran out of fuel. Oops…
It’s mega-rude when flu ruins our weekends, and damn right annoying when we need to take a day off work to feel sorry for ourselves and feel stressed with the growing rate of unanswered work emails. However, there are only so many days we can resort to medicated hot drinks and over-the-counter drugs before even they make us feel ‘bleugh’. (i.e. unsettled tummies and dehydrated).
Even now, a few weeks on, I still wake up with a very slight sniffle and at times feel lethargic and achy, so I’m taking that as a sign my body’s immune system is not entirely happy at the moment. When feeling this way is the time I get out my Nutribullet and have a few days of highly nutritional smoothies, to ensure that I’m getting that extra boost of natural goodness.
I don’t have smoothies everyday. They are great, but when you work out the calories (especially those including fruit and seeds) they are like a meal in themselves and not just a drink to be had on top of a meal, i.e. breakfast – especially if you are like me and often watch the scales! And, I’d always rather eat food to feel full up, than have a “drink” as a meal replacement – I’m just not that disciplined!
But it’s okay to feed a cold, right?!
So here is my latest all-singing and all-dancing smoothie recipe, which is probably one of the most tastiest smoothies I’ve made! (I have done a LOT of trial and errors!) This one is seriously jam-packed with everything your body needs to help fight germs, build up a level of immunity and make us feel better all round.
Okay, so there are no “after” photos of this smoothie. The colour it creates isn’t the most appealing, but it tastes a million times better than it looks. So! I’ve included a photo of the ingredients instead which look far more colourful and fresh…
Scroll down to see my recipe, with details of their amazing benefits! And those with a thyroid condition pay attention – one of these ingredients may tell you something you didn’t know!
- Banana (x 1)
Filling, nutritional and delicious! A good source of both vitamins and minerals, including vitamin B6, vitamin C, potassium as well as fibre.
2) Blueberries (handful)
One of the highest antioxidant fruits! Antioxidants are essential for optimum health by helping to combat free radicals that can cause damage to our cells in our bodies. Rich in nutrients too.
3) Raspberries (handful)
Similar to blueberries, these tasty beauties are full of antioxidants and have a fantastic mix of goodness promoting all round good health.
4) Pineapple (handful of chunks)
One of my faves to eat! This sweet tasting all rounder is known to improve digestion and reduce inflammation amongst other benefits. The combination of high levels of vitamin C with the anti-inflammatory bromelain makes pineapple a particularly effective treatment for coughs & colds.
5) Pomegranate (large tablespoon)
Super duper healthy and tasty! Loaded with antioxidants, nutrients and anti-inflammatory properties, they have a wide range of benefits that other fruits can’t offer. Why have I not been eating pomegranate my whole life!
6) Ginger (fresh – small teaspoon)
Great for soothing the digestive system and the feeling of nausea, and also for its anti-inflammatory goodness. Adding ginger to foods, tea and smoothies when you have a cold is perfect as it will help warm you up from the inside. Don’t add too much, otherwise it’s flavour and smell will become over powering!
7) Lemon (one slice)
Fresh lemons offer strong antibacterial, antiviral, and immune-boosting properties and aid to cleansing the body.
8) Honey (small teaspoon)
The rawer the better! This natural sweetener (when consumed in moderation!) is a powerhouse of benefits, including being a natural antiseptic. Honey also helps to give an energy boost.
9) Spinach (handful)
A super-food loaded with tons of nutrients. Dark leafy greens like spinach are important for skin and hair, bone health, and provide protein, iron, vitamins and minerals.
However, for those of you with a thyroid condition, spinach is actually one of those vegetables that can interfere with thyroid function in different ways, thanks to the goitrogen compounds it contains. Spinach is a cruciferous vegetable (along with cabbage, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower and kale – to name a few), and should be eaten raw only occasionally or in moderation when coping with a thyroid condition. “They” say also, if you are taking medication for your thyroid complaint, then too much goitrogen can interfere. I would never avoid these vegetables altogether due to how much they are filled with amazing health benefits (and they taste delicious), but I just moderate how often I eat them raw – i.e. spinach in an occasional smoothie, rather than follow an “all or nothing” approach that some websites tell you.
Enjoy, and hope you all feel well this season!
Disclaimer: I am not a qualified nutritionist (as much as I’d like to be!). I simply like to make smoothies out of yummy and healthy ingredients – especially because I tick a few medical boxes that encourages me to look after myself, and I like to make sure I consume enough vitamins and nutrients. Listen to your body and if you’re under any medical supervision, always listen to your doctor before listening to any of us bloggers – about anything!