It seems like one person short of just about everyone is getting excited for pumpkin patches, pumpkin spiced lattes, and all things Autumn, and I’m over here like ‘Oh Summer, pretty please don’t go’. Now don’t get me wrong, I do love seasonal traditions. Who doesn’t like going to the pumpkin patch and picking out that perfectly roundish pumpkin with just the right bit of character, but honestly, summer is my favorite and a big part of the appeal is summer food. I would rather have fresh, sweet, juicy fruit than…well, pumpkiny food any day. A definite daily favorite of mine is my mid-afternoon fruit smoothie and in the summer it’s nice to add fresh fruit. Luckily, with the help of frozen organic fruits I get to enjoy my smoothies all year along, even during the attack of ‘pumpkin season’😉. I thought I’d share with you what fruits I use and their health benefits. Not like OH WOW I’m cured health benefits, but more like, your body says, “Hey thanks for the boost, nice teamwork, fam.”
There’s this seemingly endless debate on smoothies vs. juicing. I say to each his own. Who am I to say which is better for your body. I ‘smoothie’ because I can use the fiber and because I don’t eat a lot of food, so I like to think it counts as food and not just a drink. But again, you know what’s best for you.
Almost four years ago now I received a smoothie maker (Nutribullet) as a gift. Even at the time I wasn’t sure if it would be another kitchen gadget you tuck away and pull out once in a blue moon. But I’m pleased to tell you, I’ve used it almost every day for four years. I’ve had to replace the cups, which is easy to do on Amazon, but the motor has run great all this time (knock on wood).
I’m going to level with you here. My smoothies are a little unique. I don’t add yogurt or almond milk or any liquid, other than water. Why? My tummy has turned into a tyrant so I keep it as simple as possible to avoid tyranny in my gut. On top of that, I don’t know if you’re anything like me, but since the onset of MECFS I’ve become everyone’s worst nightmare as far as what types of toxins, chemicals, pesticides, preservatives, and additives I’ll allow in my body. Basically if the food doesn’t have a beneficial purpose it’s likely not getting in, except in those moments of utter and total Ben & Jerry’s Vegan ice cream weakness situations. I annoy myself with the dietary restrictions, so I know others probably try to hide a full eye roll. So what do I add other than water and air (which oddly enough sometimes even just those two things cause my stomach to protest😊 )? Well, on an average day I add the following:
1 fresh banana – Okay so by now everyone knows bananas are super good for you. But if you’re interested to learn a little more check this out.
“Bananas contain nutrients that can help moderate blood sugar levels after meals. They may also reduce appetite by slowing stomach emptying.”
2 Trader Joes Frozen coconut chunks – People seem very on the fence with coconut, but my previous homeopath had recommended a tsp. of coconut oil in my smoothies, I prefer the frozen chunks instead. If you want to learn more about coconuts here ya go.
“The MCTs in coconut are converted into ketone bodies as well which show potential as a replacement energy substrate for the brain. It is noteworthy that the brain makes use of glucose as energy source. In individuals with degenerative neurological disorders like Alzheimer’s Disease, the brain’s capacity to utilize glucose is severely impaired, further contributing to the progress of the disease. Eating MCTs from coconut products like coconut meat may then help increase the body’s ketone levels, potentially offering a dietary therapy approach to alleviating the symptoms and possibly even preventing the onset of neurological diseases.”
Roughly a 1/3 of a cup of frozen wild organic blueberries – I’m sure you’ve heard about just how good the superfood, wild blueberries are for you, if you haven’t check it out here.
“Blueberries have the highest antioxidant capacity of all commonly consumed fruits and vegetables.”
2 (Yes, just 2. 😁) frozen organic black cherries – I know cherries aren’t for everyone, but I love them! And they are actually really healthy too! Want to know more?
“Sweet cherries contain the antioxidant melatonin, which can have a calming effect on brain neurons and the nervous system, soothing irritability, insomnia, headaches, and even helping to establish regular sleep patterns.”
Roughly a 1/2 cup frozen pineapple – Have you heard that pineapple can be just as effective as cough syrup? I haven’t tried it, but it sounds like something worth giving a go. It’s also good for many other health related issues. If you’re curious to know more here it is.
“Pineapple also is recommended for indigestion. Bromelain “may help relieve the inflammation associated with ulcerative colitis,” according to a 2012 Chinese study published in the Saudi Journal of Gastroenterology.”
Roughly a 1/3 cup fresh watermelon when it’s available – Did you know watermelon is actually filled with nutrients? I used to think it was just something fun to eat, turns out I was very wrong. Curious?
“Watermelon is an excellent source of carbohydrates, protein, fiber and vitamins C, A and B. Plus, it has potassium along with other important minerals, such as iron, calcium, magnesium and phosphorous. It also contains enzymes, organic acids and natural sugars.”
Roughly 1/4 cup of frozen organic cranberries – Just so you can read about all the nutrients in cranberries, I’m going to give you a link to webmd here for the info, but if you know what’s good for you don’t start wandering around browsing your symptoms!😉 WebMD = contributing to health anxiety far and wide.
“One cup of whole cranberries has 8,983 total antioxidant capacity. Only blueberries can top that: Wild varieties have 13,427; cultivated blueberries have 9,019.”
A couple slices of frozen organic peaches – Truth? I don’t like peaches, or any other slimy food for that matter, but I don’t mind the taste so I try to add a slice or two. Here’s a little more about peaches.
“In the “Journal of Medicinal Food,” a study published in October 2009 reported that significant antioxidants are present in the flesh and skin of peaches. One of the major antioxidants in peaches, chlorogenic acid, helps scavenge free radicals — compounds that your body acquires through exposure to pollutants, food and the environment — to reduce the effects of aging and deter chronic diseases. This antioxidant may also help ward off cancer and reduce body inflammation.”
Supposed to be teaspoon, usually turns into two 😬 of organic raw honey – It gives me a few minutes of energy…to those with MECFS…need I say more? Honey is actually pretty fascinating, here’s a little about it.
“According to the USDA, honey contains about 64 calories per tablespoon. Therefore, it is used by many people as a source of energy. On the other hand, one tablespoon of sugar will give you about 15 calories. Furthermore, the carbohydrates in it can be easily converted into glucose, since it is very simple for the body to digest this pure and natural substance.”
2 stalks of fresh organic celery – This one is getting a lot of attention lately, well juicing celery and drinking it first thing seems to be all the rage, but I just add the stalks to my smoothie. I’m a rebel like that. I’ve heard some incredible unsolicited testimonials on this one. For those of with the MTHFR genetic mutation, it’s supposed to be a good toxin cleanser. Did you know celery is commonly referred to as a vegetable but it’s actually a herb? Crazy huh? Anyway, here’s more if you’re interested.
“Celery juice is great for cleansing toxins from the body and a good natural remedy for dissolving and passing of urinary and gall stones. Drinking it regularly will help to keep them from forming again.”
So those are my smoothie ingredients and then I add enough water to cover the fruit and blend it up! You may be wondering where the greens are…yeah I don’t add those. I should, I really, really should, but I just don’t.😁 I’ll also add any other fresh fruit as they are available. I’m not able to grocery shop due to my illness so it’s kind of what comes home. The last thing I want to do is add even more stress to my SO while grocery shopping by asking him to evaluate the ripeness of any given fruit. When I shopped I would have had no problem asking the grocer, but you know…guys/directions…they often don’t like to do that sort of thing (sorry guys, just joking around). 😉
Thanks for stopping by today! Hoping you’ve enjoyed the read. Here are a few more of my watercolors from the past week. The fruit bowl is a rerun for the smoothie topic. 😉 Wishing you a day that is kind to you. 🌸