Welcome to Day 2!  I am overwhelmed by the number of people who are participating in this challenge — I can’t wait to hear how everyone does.  Over the last week or two my kids and husband have all succumbed to some form or another of the cold and flu.  Last night, I felt it starting to come on so today I’m taking it easy and eating all the good cold & flu fighters (see an earlier post of mine for cold & flu prevention).  With that said, I made a form of my immune boosting smoothie which you will all have received in the little booklet that was sent out via email.  If you did not receive it please make sure that you are signed up for the newsletter or message me your email so I can add you to the list.

photo 1My smoothie today was as follows:

2 stalks of kale, raw

2 stalks of celery

1 banana

1 cup of pineapple, frozen

1 cup of mango, frozen

3 clementines, freshly juiced

2 tbsp hemp protein powder

I started off by de-ribbing my kale and adding some water to the blender and then blending.  While I was doing this I had to contend with some little hands running away with some yellow gold (as she called it).

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I then juiced my clementines.  I started with my standard hand juicer that you see in the picture above but switched to my new little citrus press that Santa gave me in my stocking this year.  I really liked it.  It worked great for the small clementines!

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After that, I threw in all the remaining ingredients except the hemp protein and blended.

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In went the hemp…and voila, our finished product!

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Today I made my smoothie early enough so the whole family was still home and we could enjoy it together.  My eldest saw that it was green and ran the other way (which is what she always does unless I can get it into a stainless steel thermos before she sees).  My middle two girls were big fans! They even tried to feed it to the baby but we intercepted!

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It was a workout day for me, I opted to not go to my 7am bootcamp class so I could rest and fend off this cold that feels imminent. I did a little workout at home so I paired my smoothie with some avocado and an egg over-easy on sprouted bread with a cup of echinacea, elderberry, ginger root and yarrow tea (the tea will be my companion over the next few weeks since the colds & flu are running rampant around here).

So, besides the “queen of greens” being present in this smoothie it was chalk full of vitamin C power with the fruits.  But the hidden gem was the celery, why? Celery has long held the status of “just a crunchy vegetable” with very little nutritional wealth.  Recent research has increased our knowledge about celery’s anti-inflammatory benefits, specifically to the digestive tract. There are unique non-starch polysaccharides in celery, including apiuman, which produce these anti-inflammatory benefits.

Celery has the well-known antioxidants like vitamin C and flavonoids, but scientists have now identified at least a dozen other types of antioxidant nutrients in celery. These antioxidants include dihydrostilbenoids like lunularin as well as furanocoumarins like bergapten and psoralen. The antioxidant support we get from celery is largely due to its phenolic nutrients that have been shown to help protect us against unwanted oxygen damage to our cells, blood vessels, and organ systems.

Now tell me, how are you all doing with your smoothies?  Are you sharing them?

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