Nutrition is a key component in healthy daily living. For people living with scleroderma it is especially important to include foods containing anti-oxidants and protein. Anti-oxidants have anti-inflammatory and pain reducing properties. Protein is important to build and keep muscle strength. There are many ways to incorporate anti-oxidants and protein into our foods, but smoothies tend to be an easy way to blend it all together. It is an easy food to swallow and to take on the go with you! Smoothies are a refreshing way to start the Summer season. Here are a few delicious recipes to get you started. Enjoy!
Very Berry Blueberry Smoothie
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1 banana, chopped
1 kiwi, sliced
¾ cup blueberries
1 cup ice cubes
8 ounce container of vanilla yogurt
optional: scoop of protein powder or 1 cup of milk
Combine all ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth.
Carrot Apple Ginger Green Smoothie
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2 medium sized carrots, chopped
1 medium sized apple, chopped
1 cup baby spinach
1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger root
8-10 ounces water
Combine all ingredients in a blender. Blend until creamy and smooth.
Chocolate Covered Strawberry Smoothie
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1 cup strawberries
1 frozen ripe banana
½ cup sweetened vanilla almond milk
2 tablespoons raw cacao
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
Combine all ingredients in a blender. Blend 1-2 minutes, or until smooth.