Happy Wednesday everyone! I hope everyone is having a great week so far. Here’s a new recipe and book for this week!
Last month I had to go back to strictly gluten free and have been making mainly juice and smoothie recipes. Last time I shared the ‘Funky Monkey‘ smoothie, and let me tell you, I’ve had that smoothie nearly every day since! I love it. I can’t say enough about the book where I found this recipe- Healing Tonics, Juices, and Smoothies. This is a five-star book for me and I’ll be reviewing it this week!
So, today’s recipe is one that I’ve made for years and thought I’d share it because some people don’t like banana in their smoothies and this one is bananaless! It’s chock-full of vitamin C which we could all use a hefty dose of this time of year as the colds and flu sweep in. I’ve already heard of a few cases of flu near my home state, so why not be prepared?
The Recipe: Vitamin C Smoothie
1 cup of milk of your choice – I’m using coconut, but almond works great too.
1 cup of strawberries (frozen preferred)
1 cup of pineapple
1 to 2 oranges (a few tbsp of orange juice concentrate work well as a sub)
1 slice of ginger
1 Tbsp of raw honey
Supplements of your choice* See below
1 cup of ice or a little less if you’re using frozen strawberries
Put everything in the blender in the order listed. Ice is always last.
Here’s what I did
I didn’t have coconut milk, so I basically just add in dried coconut and water and make my own. I used about a 1/3 cup of coconut. This brand does not contain sulfites which is why I buy it.
I added the coconut to about a cup of water. I’m not going to blend it yet and will add everything before blending.
Add everything else in, ending with the frozen ingredients. The pineapple I chopped up includes the core. Don’t kick out the core! It’s a very healthy addition that can be blended. It contains the highest concentration of bromelain, which helps reduce pain and inflammation in the body. The Vitamix has no issues with shredding the core up.
Use frozen strawberries for a nice thick smoothie. To freeze strawberries, just put them on a cookie tray so they’re all separated and freeze for about 6 hours or so. Then take them out and store them in a bag.
Also, store the remaining pineapple in the fridge in a jar or other container. I like using glass whenever possible when it comes to storing cut produce.
Peel the ginger and add.
Add the honey. I love this Great Lakes brand honey I found at Costco. You know it’s raw when it won’t slip off the spoon.
I added a few supplements: Lucuma powder, Maca Powder, and Bee Pollen – about a teaspoon each.
Maca is a superfood and great for regulating hormones. Lucuma is also a superfood powder that’s great at removing inflammation from the body, helps maintain skin health, and promotes physical endurance.
Bee Pollen – Some people are allergic to this, but I have severe seasonal allergies and I’ve never had any issues with it. It’s so close to being a perfect food as it has all the nutrients that humans need to survive. Here’s what Dr. Axe has to say about Bee Pollen…
“Bee pollen is wonderful for natural allergy relief and is responsible for the many health benefits of raw honey. It’s rich in vitamins, minerals, proteins, lipids and fatty acids, enzymes, carotenoids and bioflavonoids — making it an antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral agent that strengthens the capillaries, reduces inflammation, stimulates the immune system and lowers cholesterol levels naturally.”
Blend it up!
You can click on the pictures below.
The smoothie is done in 40 seconds or less!
This one is very sweet and has a tropical flavor. Delicious!
This week’s book is…
The Heart’s Invisible Furies
by John Boyne
Blurb: From the beloved New York Times bestselling author of The Boy In the Striped Pajamas, a sweeping, heartfelt saga about the course of one man’s life, beginning and ending in post-war Ireland
Cyril Avery is not a real Avery — or at least, that’s what his adoptive parents tell him. And he never will be. But if he isn’t a real Avery, then who is he?
Born out of wedlock to a teenage girl cast out from her rural Irish community and adopted by a well-to-do if eccentric Dublin couple via the intervention of a hunchbacked Redemptorist nun, Cyril is adrift in the world, anchored only tenuously by his heartfelt friendship with the infinitely more glamourous and dangerous Julian Woodbead. At the mercy of fortune and coincidence, he will spend a lifetime coming to know himself and where he came from and over his many years will struggle to discover an identity, a home, a country, and much more.
In this, Boyne’s most transcendent work to date, we are shown the story of Ireland from the 1940s to today through the eyes of one ordinary man. The Heart’s Invisible Furies is a novel to make you laugh and cry while reminding us all of the redemptive power of the human spirit.
My thoughts so far…
When I first picked this up, I didn’t want to put it down. As the story changed, it became a little slow and boring, but still okay. So, I’m around 40% now and it’s pretty good. I ended up grabbing this one at Netgalley after seeing the reviews and hearing about how great it was months ago and I’ve finally started it. I should be done by Friday and will have a review for you.