My "mint chocolate" green smoothie was...well...repulsive. I mean truly. It tasted like something spit out of the back end of a lawn mower. My husband said it looked and tasted like silage (you know, what they feed cows -- fermented grass and such). I don't think he's actually tasted silage! But if he had, that's probably what it tastes like. I think the mint was overkill. And cacao nibs, while a great alternative to processed chocolate, just do NOT go well with kale, spinach, and mint. BLECH!
I want to talk about bad days. Anyone dealing with a heavy-duty chronic illness has BAD DAYS. Seriously BAD. I had one over the weekend. Major meltdown. Emotions completely and totally out of control. Despair. Physically feeling unwell. And...this came right on the heels of a pretty darned good day. Two, in fact. I thank God for a loving, and VERY forbearing husband.
The thing is: while we are working to heal, this means ALL our bodily systems are changing and adjusting. The thing here is to strive for balance. And so, it's no surprise if our emotions are out of whack. They are out of balance, too. This is what we have to remember when the bad days hit. I learned a LOT from this day, and hopefully I won't have another one quite so bad.
I am going to recommend a book and a method shortly...not just for MG, but for anyone who is chronically ill, or just not right. Not ill exactly, but definitely not well.
Meanwhile, here is a no-fail smoothie for when you need to get some nutrients in, but just don't have the desire to be creative with the blender. I don't recommend this on a daily basis, because we don't want to eat too much pre-packaged stuff. But I do keep Ensure, and a store brand "meal replacement shake" on hand for when I NEED to get some food in. Ensure is 335 calories; the store brand is 200. For this smoothie, I used:
- 1 serving of chocolate "meal replacement shake" (200 cals)
- 1 banana
- 4 oz coconut milk
- a handful of blueberries
- a sprinkle of ground linseed
- a few ice cubes
It blended up beautifully, made slightly more than a serving (so I could refuel a bit later in the day), and tasted good! BONUS!
I made this smoothie for the nutrients and the convenience. I took to my bed today after my erratic and flat out BAD day yesterday.
Tomorrow, back to a green smoothie -- hopefully better than the last one!
Stay strong. Stay focused. Stay hopeful. Trust God.