Smoothies have been fashionable for a while now, but its only since April 2015 that I have been making them daily.
When I was diagnosed with cancer a wonderfully kind woman call Sherrie made herself known to me as soon she heard about my illness. This lovely lady turned up at my house armed with a nutri bullet and 10 bags of made up smoothies. She walked into my house, put them in the freezer and immediately prepared one for me. I drank it, loved it and became totally hooked on liquid nutrition.
Sherrie sat me down and told me how they would keep up my alkaline levels during treatment. Make no mistake this isn’t a replacement medicine, but during a gruelling process your body needs every helping hand. Cancer cells thrive in an acidic environment so if you have cancer, your pH levels are low and your body can be too acidic. During chemotherapy if your body is too acidic they can’t always give you the treatment. This smoothie helps alkalise the body plus more.
Since our meeting that day back in April 2015, I drink them daily, almost religiously. I urge people to do the same, it helps nourish you, as well as filling you with amazing minerals and vitamins. By introducing tasty smoothies you will be looking after YOU and your body giving additional support to any future ailments that may arise.
Coming off treatment and being put in remission (now on my 1 year anniversary) I have adapted the recipe in many ways. I continuously research specific ingredients and adapt my recipes to produce even more nutritional benefits. Richard and I look forward to our daily smoothie which sets us up for our busy day.
By freezing them in bags I am able to control my time management in the morning. Some people say its not good to freeze them, but some say it locks in the nutrients. I do what works for me.
I put this together using an Abel and Cole green smoothie box. It has everything I want and I am able to order one every 14 days.
I use coconut water as this adds further health benefits to the drink, but if I run out I use filter water.
Make this you new habit and stick with it. Find the 4 minutes in the morning and once every 2 weeks find 45 minutes to make up the freezer bags!
Recipe: (per bag)
- Handful of spinach
- Handful of kale (blanched for 5 minutes to avoid chewy bits)
- 1 celery stick
- small handful of mint
- small handful of parsley
- Half an apple cored
- quarter of pomegranate with skin (all of it goes in as such)
- 6 almonds
- Berrie mix (raspberries strawberries blueberries – any berries you like but just a handful)
- Thumb size peeled fresh ginger
- quarter of lime
- 1 tablespoon of chia and flaxseed mix
- Coconut water or filter water to the line of the cup
Throw it all into a nutribullet and add the powders from below if you want too.
I add powders and this is your choice, I like to add extra vitamin c as I have studied that this is fantastic for your immunity and washes out of you so the more the better. By more I mean a teaspoon. Vitamin C powder is available in Holland and Barret.
I also add Bioglan super green powder, there are others on the market but this one adds a nice taste and you get 70 to 80 nutrients that are vegetable and plant based.
Now and again I add Maca its rich in vitamin B vitamins, C, and E. It provides plenty of calcium, zinc, iron, magnesium, phosphorous and amino acids. Maca has long been used to promote sexual function of both men and women.
One other powder is Baobab fruit powder contains a variety of vitamins and minerals. Gram per gram it contains six times as much vitamin C as oranges, twice as much calcium as milk and even more iron than red meat. It is also rich in potassium and has plenty B vitamins, magnesium, phosphorous, and antioxidants.
All good for you all in moderation. In a smoothie I find its easier to take all of these things and pop goodness into you as soon as you wake up. Your body has been healing while you sleep so a zap of goodness can help it for the day.
I mix my smoothie with coconut water. Before I add the mixed smoothie I add a small amount of pomegranate juice to the bottom just to add a nice fruity taste. POM is good.
I make bags in advance when I get my box of veg, I can get 12 in a freezer tray. Usually my husband and I share a bag in the morning. I know then that before he leaves the house he has had some goodness in him!
Every morning I religiously pull out a bag, it takes 4 mins!