No Getting Sick Smoothies

My laptop contracted a virus. Although I was beginning to think it was feeling better, it erased my camera’s memory card before I had the chance to load it and deleted a post I was working on last night :( I officially come to terms with the fact that even my Web Development Team (Eric) can’t revive it.

But the good news is that I got a Vitamix. It was a birthday present from my parents and my in-laws. For a long time now, I thought I didn’t need it. I have an emulsifier, a food processor, and I normally borrow my mom’s blender for making smoothies or lotion. But I decided that constantly borrowing my mom’s blender was getting old, so it was time to get my own. I can’t believe I waited so long; it makes smoothies and soups so smooth and creamy. It’s expensive, but so worth it.

I’ve been using it a lot for breakfast, since it’s easy to whip up a delicious and healthy smoothie, and it’s really quick to clean. And although I can’t do anything about my computer’s virus, I can make my Green Sidekick to prevent a virus from attacking me.

Green Sidekick
2 handfuls baby spinach
1/2 ripe avocado (or 1/2 frozen banana)
1/2 cup milk of choice (I like the 1/4 hemp, 1/4 almond combo)
1 cup mangoes (frozen)
a pinch of cayenne (to taste)
1 Medjool date

Just combine in a blender and you have yourself an immunity booster.

Raw spinach is not my favorite green on its own, but I loved it in this smoothie. Spinach is full of antioxidants – one cup of spinach contains a ton of vitamin A that helps your body guard against infections. Chili pepper, like cayenne, contains capsaicin, the compound that gives cayenne its kick (hence the “sidekick” name) and increases metabolism. There is just a pinch in the smoothie, but it worked really well with the avocado and the sweetness of the date. Try to incorporate cayenne into other meals to get all the benefits.

On to the next one.

I like this oat smoothie as a base for my morning toppings, like granola or muesli. Don’t they say, “one apple a day keeps the doctor away” or something like that? And although I don’t take that saying too literally, apples do have antioxidants that can prevent us from getting sick. Bananas have a lot of  Vitamin A, iron, and potassium.

Banana-Apple Oat Smoothie
1/2 cup oats
1 banana
1/2 apple
1 cup milk of choice (I like almond-hemp combo)
6 oz coconut milk vanilla yogurt
2 Tbls flaxseed (ground or whole)
1/2 tsp cinnamon (or to taste)

I like to use a spoon to eat this one. Here I topped it with dorest cereals I found at Whole Foods. It’s a combination of muesli, raisins, dates, sunflower seeds, toasted coconut, and chpped roasted hazelnuts. Perfect with a cup of good tea in the morning.

Have a smoothieful Saturday and stay out of that rain.



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  1. Derick
    Posted January 31, 2012 at 11:04 pm | Permalink

    Tonight we grubbed on some Green Sidekicks to recoup after a long workout. Initially suspicious of its greenness, Misa added some honey and banana to the smoothie and really enjoyed it. Thanks for the delicious recipe!

    • Posted January 31, 2012 at 11:23 pm | Permalink

      Nice touch with the banana and honey! Anything that makes Misa drink her vegetables makes me happy! So happy you both enjoyed it.

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