Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Sicko smoothies



That title should probably read "Health-boosting smoothies" or "Immunity-raising smoothies" but I can't be bothered.

I'm truly fed up of being stuck in the house with sneezing, coughing kids whose body temperatures fluctuate at the drop of a hat. They caught this bug at the start of Feb, we dealt with it for 2 weeks, it left for a week (gave us a rest for Valentines Day) and it's been back for 10 days now. I'm tired of waking up to coughing kids, elevating their head and shoulders on a pillow, throwing homeopathic remedies down their throats, being woken for the day between 5-7am, making endless glasses of "homemade lemonade", having to stay indoors because the snowy weather is too cold for them, missing all the lovely early spring sunshine, feeling like I'm coming down with it myself but keeping it at bay by sheer willpower and lots of vitamins... blah blah blah, rant over now, I'll share my smoothie recipes with you in case you want to boost your family's immunity in this cold season. I started making these 3 mornings ago and the kids are improving slowly but surely.

Mama:

Warm water
Frozen raspberries
2 handfuls oats (let those 3 ingredients sit for a minute to defrost the berries and soak the oats a little)
3 handfuls spinach
1 banana
Echinacea drops
Vitamin D3 drops
Floradix tonic
Apple cider vinegar
Honey

This looked like sludge but I got over it and drank it all. And I downed my prenatal vitamin and a Vitamin C tablet with the smoothie. That better keep me healthy. Forgot to add sliced ginger root but should have.

Kid 1 - 6.5 years (the start of a cold sore, being kept at bay for the first time ever by this smoothie and Bio Propolis salve topically)

Warm water
Frozen raspberries
Oats (let sit as above - normally I'd give him milk kefir too but he's very mucousy so I'm keeping him off dairy as much as possible)
2 bananas
L-Lysine capsule (opened and the powder shaken into the smoothie)
Vitamin D3 drops
Echinacea drops
Apple cider vinegar
Honey

Blended well it just looked and tasted like a lovely raspberry smoothie. He also got his daily food-based multivitamin tablet to chew.

Kid 2 - 3.5 years (at the end of this cold, not half as sick as his bro, but still coughing and snotty)

Warm water
Frozen raspberries
Oats
1 banana
Vitamin D3 drops
Echinacea drops

This was drunk with relish, with a straw which makes everything more fun of course. And his dose of multivitamin too.

Homemade lemonade: my kids don't like hot honey and lemon drinks, so I make it cold, call it lemonade and everyone's happy.

Pour a little hot water into a glass, add a spoon of honey, mix until the honey has melted. Top up with cold water, add freshly squeezed lemon juice (slice a lemon in half and squeeze while gouging it with a fork), mix and remove pips. Serve with a straw. If you've missed a pip tell them it's a lucky one and they can make a wish on it. I do the lemon after the cold water because I figure putting the lemon juice into hot water would kill some of the vitamin C.

I'm not advocating you give these supplements to your kids, or telling you they're safe for pregnancy etc, this is just what we do. I encourage you to do your own research, my point is that this is a great easy way to get the relevant vitamins into your kids without them having to swallow tablets and capsules. And in the interests of honesty my kids know their smoothies have their vitamins in them, I wouldn't feel right sneaking them in and saying nothing!

Have you any tips to share to help your kiddos regain their health? Please share below or on The Mama's Hip Facebook page.

Nee x

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