Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Fatigue Fightin' Smoothies!

A perfect way to eat healthy for anytime of the day!
Hello Lovies! This post is a special request from the Friends Against Lupus Facebook page.

Every morning I try to have a healthy breakfast that includes lots of citrus, fruits, and a power veggie to keep me energized throughout the day. I usually include spinach. Why you ask; because it is full of energy producing enzymes, it's 100% fat-free, AND it's a natural anti-inflammatory food! All of those things are essential in the diet of someone who has an auto-immune illness!

It's extremely important to incorporate anti-inflammatory foods into our every day diets especially for those with auto-immune illnesses like lupus, fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue syndrome.

So today I'll be sharing my own personal smoothie recipe that I use to fight fatigue daily! If you have any questions please feel free to post them. All feedback is appreciated! Okay, lets get ready to make some smoothies!

*If you like you can freeze your fruits ahead of time so that way you don't have to add ice to your recipe!
Blackberries, Oranges, Raspberries!

Fatigue Fightin' Smoothies
-A 6oz container of yogurt (whichever kind you prefer is fine)
-3 splashes of Orange Juice (About 1/2 to 1 cup)
-Pineapples
-Mango
-Strawberries
-Blackberries
-Oranges
-Raspberries
-Spinach (About 1/2 cup)
-A handful of ice

Baby Spinach, Mangoes, Yogurt, Pineapples, and Strawberries!
You don't need to measure anything out, I just like to add however much I like. Also the spinach doesn't contribute to the taste of the smoothie so no worries on the taste factor. Throw everything into the blender, blend, pour into a cup and store the extra in a container.

If you're not going to drink the extra in 24 hours, freeze it to enjoy another time.
Toss into blender, and blend!

*You'll notice some fruits & spinach below are highlighted. This is because I've included links where you can learn just how beneficial they are to your health, especially the anti-inflammatory factor! I'll share a few fun facts about a few that will inspire you to add these power foods to your everyday diets!

*Spinach rates a whopping 78% on the Anti-inflammatory scale & the serving size recommended is one cup!
*Pineapple is rated at 71% on the Anti-inflammatory scale &

Health begins with what we eat, so take care to notice what you put into your body. Choosing the right foods is the first step in pain management. When we learn what helps our body to feel good its a step in the right direction to healing! Knowledge is power lovies,
but if you don't use it; then what good is it in knowing!

Loving you! xoxo
-Tiffany Marie




6 comments:

  1. Another great post, love!! And I'm all for fruit smoothies. Yum! Who knew that so many of my fav fruits were also good for anti-inflammatory? Bonus. I'll def be trying this recipe. Thanks for posting, Love! muahhh

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  2. Just remember when juicing the longer you wait to drink the juice the less potent it becomes. Once fruits and vegetables are cut they start to lose vitamins. This is the same with cooked veggies, they lose vitamins. With juicing you use more fruit and veggies to yeild more juice and can drink more then you can eat therefore you get more vitamins in your body. You can freeze and drink later but it won't have the same affect as drinking freshly juiced. It's best to juice what you can drink. If you drink 32oz. it can be subsituded for a meal.

    I juiced years ago before lupus and I use to feel great. I should be more disipline and juice again.

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  3. I'm new to your blog and not (yet) diagnosed with lupus (I expect that next month when I finally have my first rheumy appt), so I'm still on the baby end of the learning curve. Could you tell us more about the anti-inflammatory scale? Searching for anti-inflammatory foods, a whole lot of questionable sites came up, but I like this one from Dr. Weil - http://www.drweil.com/drw/ecs/pyramid/press-foodpyramid.html - because it's got sensible, easy to understand information, but not the level of detail you're talking about in your post.

    Hmm...Maybe I can justify that new $400 blender I want if I show this post to hubby. :-)

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  4. I am a smoothie junky! LOL! The hubby most times just does up a blender full for me. And I'll one throughout the day.

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  5. Now i’m really quite fresh to wordpress. but what you post in this blog is actually outstanding and very beneficial. I believe it will help me in the future. Many thanks to the great work.

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  6. Thanks for all the well needed information. I can't wait to give this recipe a try. It looks so good!

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