Bouncing back

by - Friday, January 21, 2011

Hello, I'm back! Sort of. I didn't actually go anywhere, but I did have sinus surgery last week and I've been resting and recovering.

I had pretty bad seasonal allergies for the first 25 to 30 years of my life and I still have them now, but they have significantly improved. Between the effects of years of sniffing and sneezing and a car accident that broke my nose in 2008, I was having a really hard time breathing through my nose. I'll keep the gory details to myself, but suffice it to say that I was really in need of some rest and recovery after surgery last Tuesday. I'm still on the mend, but I'm beginning to get back into my normal activities.

Bouncing back from something like this always requires a lot of sleep. I have been doing my best to rest when I can and get to bed earlier than usual. Since my surgery, I have also been craving restorative foods. Things high in iron, vitamin C, and protein. With the way that whole foods (especially leafy greens) make my face glow, I know that these things will help me to heal now.

I have been hitting the green smoothies hard! I received some Cara Cara oranges in my CSA box this week- have you seen these oranges? Not only are they really cool to look at in all their pink juicy goodness, but they are low in acid and taste so, so good!




My favorite smoothie tastes even better with these (or it would...if I could taste steps).

I sometimes mix up my smoothie recipe, but I always seem to return to this one. When I can find vanilla beans at a decent price (i.e. at Costco), I throw in a small piece of a bean to really make this great. Even though it is green, it almost has a creamsicle flavor!

My "Go-To" Green Smoothie

Makes 1 serving

1/2 cup water
4-5 ice cubes
1 large handful of raw spinach
1 ripe banana, peeled
1 orange, peeled
2 tablespoons raw pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
2 heaping teaspoons of Vega Tropical Shake and Go Smoothie mix
1 inch piece of vanilla bean (optional)
  1. Place all ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth.
How do you bounce back after being sick or recovering from an injury?

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  1. I sympathise with the feeling of not feeling 100%. I keep having days off work for a recurring cold, so I've been drinking a lemon and ginger hot beverage--that helps a lot. Though don't you wish you were a kid again so Mum could do the looking after? :)

  2. OK, I'm not a big smoothie fan, but I will give this a try! I'm glad to hear you are bouncing back, and I hope you can keep the rest routine going!

  3. I'm glad you are on the mend! I love smoothies, but have yet to make a green one. I might have to invite myself over and try one of yours first before I make one. :-)
    I loved the cara cara oranges in my box, I didn't use them in anything, I just ate them!

  4. @Sarah- I hope you're feeling better!

    @Steph- Thank you! I hope you like the smoothie! I should mention that the Vega Smoothie that I use is sweet (contains Stevia), if you don't use that you might want to add some agave or honey.

    @Erika- You're welcome anytime! :-)


Comments, questions, and suggestions are always welcome. I look forward to hearing from you!