Friday, February 25, 2011

Sick Day Smoothie

Runny nose, killer headache, phlegmy cough.  Ugh.  The worst part is that today is a scheduled day off for me and yet I'm still hibernating and not wanting to consume anything besides sweet drinks.  Not wanting to eat is the number one sign that I'm getting sick.

This is my brunch today in an effort to get some form of nutrition into my body in addition to sugar.  It's got a base of frozen banana (a freezer staple of mine), added color from blueberries, a bit of a tart kick from the orange juice, and is tied together with some flaxseed and milk.  Because all the fruit is frozen, the smoothie can be as thick and delicious as ice cream if you use the minimum amount of liquid.

Another very adaptable recipe, this smoothie is great with all other berries, frozen mango, apple juice, cinnamon, honey, and citrus zest.  I've also been told, never have experienced this myself, that these smoothies work great as a hangover remedy.

Banana Blueberry Smoothie
Serves 1
Total time: 5 minutes

  • 1 medium frozen banana, peeled and chopped coarsely
  • small handful fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
  • 1/2 cup (120mL) orange juice
  • 1/4-3/4 cup (60-180mL) milk
  • 2 spoonfuls of tart yogurt 

Add banana, blueberries, and flaxseed in a food processor and pulse until combined.  Add orange juice and process on high until the mixture looks smooth.  With the blade running, add milk through the feed tube until it's as thin as you like.  Serve with tart yogurt swirled on top.


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