My whole family has been fighting off the plague. Okay, it’s probably not the plague. Actually, it was baby’s-first-week-in-daycare-and-she-brought-back-a-bunch-of-weird-little-kid-germ thing. You’ve probably heard of it. Little kid germs are some tough suckers, so we spent the weekend resting and eating healing foods like bone broth and shots of Fire Cider for my husband and me. We are on the mend, but I’m taking extra care to nourish and support my immune system. One method of support is this lovely smoothie, which is full of things my body needs like avocado, banana, flaxseed, spinach, blueberries, and a touch of coconut milk. I chose these ingredients because 1.) I had them and 2.) they have powerful nutrients that I felt my body needed.
Avocado — The heart healthy fat in avocados helps the body to absorb all the nutrients that are going into this smoothie, making it a great base.
Banana — The sweetness in a banana is a great reason to add it to a smoothie, but it has so many other benefits. Bananas have vitamins, minerals, and fiber our bodies need, and they help to keep a good balance of Bifidobacteria in our lower intestines, which in turn keeps our guts healthy. Healthy gut = healthy you.
Blueberries — These also add sweetness and turn the smoothie a lovely purple all while delivering antioxidants, vitamin K and C and more beneficial fiber.
Spinach — Spinach is a powerhouse and a great source of greens for people that are watching their intake of cruciferous vegetables. In addition to all the lovely vitamins and minerals, research seems to show that spinach helps to protect the lining of our gut from inflammation.
Flaxseed — Adding ground flaxseed to anything you eat is a great way to get a big dose of omega-3 fatty acids, a fat that helps with all manner of things. It helps reduce inflammation and lower triglyceride levels. Researchers believe it may even protect us from Alzheimer’s. Omega-3 fatty acids are an essential part of my diet.
Green and blue smoothie
In your blender, blend together the following:
- 1/2 avocado
- 1 banana
- 2 handfuls of washed baby spinach
- 1 cup frozen blueberries
- 1.5 TBS ground flaxseed (optional)
- 1/4 cup pineapple (optional)
- the contents of 1 probiotic capsule (optional)
- enough coconut milk or other non-dairy milk to turn the ingredients into a smoothie.
- 1 to 2 tsp of hemp seeds to top it off