meanwhile, antioxidants.

15Jan16

Despite my last confused post about whether or not to continue my MS drug, I still carry on with eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, to get my vitamins in me naturally. I like playing around with different smoothie combinations.

(And — my nutrition students have found an interesting article from not too long ago: apparently antioxidants are not beneficial for cancer? Unfortunately, it makes sense. Antioxidants help protect our cells. So, why wouldn’t they also protect cancer cells, that we’d rather have die off? Give them a “safe haven”, so to speak, where they can continue to multiply? It was preliminary research, but it will be interesting to see where it goes. Nonetheless, antioxidants are still beneficial for the rest of us.)

Here is one of my favorite smoothie combinations — and I’m afraid that I don’t really measure:

I put in the blender in this order:

  • About 1/3 c water
  • A few handfuls spinach, though kale would also do. Spinach is quicker, and I need to make these things quickly sometimes…
  • A banana, broken into chunks. Slightly overripe makes it sweeter.
  • About a c of frozen cherries. I like the dark ones from trader joe’s.
  • 1/2 tsp or so of chia seeds
  • 1/2 tsp or so lime juice (to taste)

Blend away… you may need to add more water to get things to mix. Or, more lime juice for tartness.

Cherries are especially known for their anti-inflammatory properties, so this is great for post-workout! If you’re into it, maybe tossing some vanilla protein powder into the mix would do (I’m more a fan of nut butters for protein, and think that cashew or almond butter might suit this)

This will make a big smoothie — if you want to keep part of it for later, just make sure you refrigerate it, and try to consume the other part within the same day.

Any other favorite smoothie combos out there? 🙂

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4 Responses to “meanwhile, antioxidants.”

  1. 1 Steve Yool

    These are great sounding smoothie options. I use similar things, but haven’t yet tried spinach. Sometimes I will shake a half tube of Starbuck’s Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher powder in, adding a small green coffee bean jolt to the morning mix.

    • Just make sure it’s not too processed… I’m wary of the junk that Starbucks puts into their mixes. Espresso powder + banana + cocoa powder + almond butter might also work, and is more whole foods? (plus kale or spinach! Looks terrible but who cares!)

  2. I forgot about cherries!!! Thanks for the tip!


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