Health & Wellness blogger, Faith Franz, shares her Immune Booster Smoothie recipe that she blogged about a few weeks back. If you have a specific topic you would like to see Faith cover, please let us know in the comments below or on Facebook.
“Hi guys! I’m Faith, and I’m the Health and Wellness Blogger at The Mesothelioma Center. I’m here today to share a recipe with you guys. This is perfect for days when you don’t feel like eating a lot or days that you just don’t really have a lot of energy to cook. This is our immunity booster smoothie and all of the ingredients that you see here cost about $7, but you’re gonna have some leftovers to make two or three more servings throughout the rest of the week. So why don’t we go ahead and get started?
Our first ingredient is Greek yogurt. This is what gives you the majority of the protein in your smoothie. You definitely want to go with Greek yogurt when you’re shopping, instead of regular yogurt because it has about twice the protein. This right here has 12 grams. It’s also gonna make your smoothie super creamy. So go ahead and just dump the entire container in and let’s move right along.
You’re also gonna get some more protein from your milk. Now when you’re shopping you can buy 2%, fat-free; whatever works for how many calories you need to eat in a day. Now if you don’t want to do diary or if you need to avoid it for medical reasons, you can also go with soy milk or almond milk. Both of those work just fine too.
If you want you smoothie thicker, like a milkshake, you don’t need as much milk. But today we’re gonna go with about half a cup. You can eyeball it or you can measure it, whatever you’re comfortable with.
Now this smoothie is also gonna give you three servings of fruits and vegetables. Our first one is the banana. These are really high in potassium and they’re also a great source of carbohydrates for energy. You’re body needs lots of energy to keep up with recovery so be sure get plenty of healthy carbohydrates throughout your day.
Your second fruit and vegetable serving is spinach. And I promise it’s not as crazy as it sounds. It will turn your smoothie a little green, but you won’t be able to taste it at all. It gives you about 160% of your daily requirement for vitamin A, plus plenty of iron and other anti-oxidants. Go ahead and just use about two handfuls of raw spinach.
Now our last serving of fruits and vegetables is blueberries. You can use whatever blueberries you can find on your supermarket shelves. Raspberries, blackberries, they all have lots of anti-oxidants to fight cancer, but some studies have shown that blueberries have a higher percentage of anti-oxidants than other berries, so that’s what we’ll be using today. Just a handful or two. You don’t have to measure anything too precisely.
And follow that up with some ice. That will keep everything smooth and cold. Your blender is going to determine how long you need to spend blending it because spinach does need a little extra time to get smooth, otherwise you’re going to be left with little leaf chunks. But about one to two minutes should be plenty.
Just go ahead. (Blending). Okay.
Now here’s the thing. If your leaves aren’t blending quite the way that you hoped that they will, just add a little more milk over the top of your smoothie and cover it back up and blend for a few more minutes.
There you go. In about five minutes you’re got a super healthy breakfast, lunch, or snack, or even dinner. This one is a great one to take on the go with you to a doctor’s office or any appointments that you may have. But it can also work as a snack around the house.
Let us know if you try it at Asbestos.com, and I’ll see you next time with more tips on living with mesothelioma.”
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