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Smoothie Recipes!

Found some great smoothie recipes at NYTimes.com that I had to share. Just add probiotics, fish oil and some brown rice protein, and I’m set!

Seeded Banana Frappe

  • 6 almonds
  • 1 tablespoon sunflower seeds, soaked overnight and drained
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin seeds, soaked overnight and drained
  • 1 teaspoon toasted flaxseeds or sesame seeds, soaked overnight and drained
  • 1 ripe banana, frozen if possible
  • 1 cup low-fat cow’s milk, rice milk or almond milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/8 teaspoon turmeric
  • 2 ice cubes
  • 2 teaspoons almond butter or peanut butter (optional)

Mixed Berry and Beet Smoothie

  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1 cup mixed frozen berries or blueberries
  • 2 tablespoons granola
  • 1/3 cup diced beet, either raw or roasted (50 grams)
  • 1/4 cup plain low-fat yogurt or low-fat coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon honey or agave syrup
  • 2 or 3 ice cubes
  • Sliced orange for garnish (optional)

Red Berry/Cabbage/Almond Smoothie

  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1 cup mixed frozen berries, preferably with some cherries included in the mix
  • 1/2 cup chopped red cabbage (50 grams)
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 or 3 drops almond extract (about 1/8 teaspoon)
  • 6 almonds or 2 teaspoons raw almond butter
  • 3 ice cubes
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Omega-3 Rich Smoothie

My Naturopath recommended I make smoothies daily have probiotics, fish oil and protein added.

I’ve done some recipe experimenting, and this one’s pretty good:

  • 1 Apple
  • Kale
  • Fresh Ginger
  • 2 Tablespoons Brown Rice Protein
  • 3 Tablespoons Cold-Pressed Cod Liver Oil
  • 1 Serving Daily Probiotic (I open the capsules and put the powder in the smoothie)
  • Almond Milk
  • 3-4 Ice Cubes

Enjoy!

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From Glutard to Gluten Free Goddess

After being diagnosed with RA, I immediately did a TON of research online. A reoccurring theme was nutrition and diet. I don’t want to tell people to try to fix everything with diet – I’m on methotrexate and Enbrel myself right now – but I do think it’s an important component for feeling better.

Based on research, blogs, books, webmd, magazine articles, conversations with a friend who is a nutritionist and a friend who has an autoimmune disease herself, I made a few changes.

  • No red meat
  • Less white meat (chicken, turkey, etc.)
  • More omega-3 rich fish (hello salmon!)
  • No gluten 😦
  • Less caffeine (and I was a serious coffee addict!!)
  • More green tea (antioxidants)
  • Less dairy (I switched from cow’s milk to almond milk and cut my morning yogurt in favor of fruit)
  • More omega-3 foods like avocado
  • More nuts and legumes to replace cut protein
  • MORE veggies and fruit – lots more

These are by no means the changes everyone should make. A friend with Hoshimoto’s Disease decided to go on the paleo-diet (red meat, nuts, berries, wheat), while another friend with Celiac’s is obviously gluten free.

I’ve had these changes in place for about two months and, overall, along with the drugs, I’m feeling much better! Making these changes has definitely made me more conscious about everything I consume, which is likely a good thing. I’m a single girl with a downtown job – I go out to eat a lot and am not a huge fan of cooking, but this diet has forced me to pay more attention to menus and eat at home more often. I also love to workout and therefore usually am able to maintain a steady weight while eating whatever I want, so being really conscious about eating healthy has been a huge shift.

It has been a lot of fish, salads and smoothies. Here are three of my fave smoothie concoctions so far:

Can’t Beet It

  • Beet
  • Kale
  • Apple
  • Ginger
  • Water
Ice Cream Substitute
  • Strawberry
  • Banana
  • Unsweetened cocoa
  • Almond milk
  • Ice
Bavonano
  • Avocado
  • Banana
  • Shredded sweetened coconut
  • Chia seed (for added omega-3)
  • Almond milk
  • Ice
Best gluten-free brownie mix I’ve found (it was a big hit with my officemates, glutards and non-glutards alike): Arrowhead Mills Gluten Free Brownie Mix
I’d love to hear if anyone out there with RA decided to make diet changes. If so, what? Has it been successful? Any recipes to share?

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