You don’t have to have Hashimoto’s to enjoy this super yummy heart healthy cancer-fighting immune boosting smoothie. But if you do have Hashimoto’s or another thyroid condition, an autoimmune condition, or even want to show some extra love to your adrenals, the Hashimoto’s Hangover Smoothie has everything you need to reboost your energy. And then some.
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You might be asking… what is a Hashimoto’s hangover? It’s my own fun term I like to use for that feeling of meh. That feeling of exhaustion. That feeling of when your “get up and go” has “got up and gone”. That feeling of running on empty. That feeling of adrenal fatigue. That feeling of when you aren’t firing on all cylinders (or any at all). Fellow AI’s will call it a bad #spoonie day. THAT feeling. Solidarity anyone?
A game-changer for me was when I read The Thyroid Connection by Dr. Amy Myers, MD cover to cover. I couldn’t put it down, I felt like she wrote the book just for me! One of the biggest takeaways was the nutrition she recommends for optimal thyroid health:
- Omega-3 Fats
- Vitamin D
- B Vitamins
- Vitamin A
But it’s not just about your thyroid. Everyone has the HPA axis – hypothalamus, pituitary gland and adrenal gland that rely on each other for optimal support. Suppressing inflammation and increasing detox in your body is also super important. The foods I picked for the Hashimoto’s Hangover Smoothie are deliberate and delicious. They don’t hit every single one of the nutritional components recommended by Dr. Myers, but they do include many of them, along with foods for optimal detoxification and inflammation reduction properties. They also strike a balance of protein, fiber, and healthy fats. The Hashimoto’s Hangover Smoothie is great for autoimmune support, it is heart-healthy, and has many cancer fighting properties. Win-win across the board!
Please don’t run away if I say cilantro or parsley. I know… I know… you either love them or hate them. There is no in between. But mixed up in a smoothie, you can’t even taste it. It’s worth a try and if it’s not your thing, substitute and/or add fresh organic spinach for your greens next time around.
FIRST…Green Your Ice Cubes – Cilantro and/or parsley are super detoxifiers. Pick some fresh or organic greens and add them to your Nutri Ninja along with some water. What’s the ratio? Whatever fits! Blend them up separate or together and pour into ice cube trays. Let them freeze, and then keep them in a bag and grab one or two at a time to add to your smoothies. You can also use fresh greens, but you lose a little of that quick, easy, and convenient factor.
Cilantro – Cilantro helps to rid the body of heavy metals and protects against oxidative stress. It is an excellent source of dietary fiber, vitamins A, C, E, K, calcium, iron, potassium, and magnesium.
Here is a fun PS – did you know that cilantro and coriander are the same thing? Cilantro actually the Spanish word for coriander leaves. Cilantro is also called Mexican parsley, and refers to the leaves. Coriander usually refers to the seeds.
Parsley – Parsley helps to promote the removal of toxins in your body, and helps to strengthen your immunity. It’s full of vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, folate, and niacin.
Chlorella – Chlorella is a fresh water algae and is easiest to work with in powder form. It is one of the most nutrient-dense superfoods in the world. It helps to support energy, fat loss, and heavy metal detox for cadmium, mercury, and uranium. It is also an excellent source of chlorophyll, iodine, protein, vitamin A, vitamins B2 &B3, iron, magnesium, and zinc. NOTE: Individuals allergic to iodine and those that have been prescribed Coumadin or Warfarin should consult with their physician prior to using chlorella. It is recommended to start using chlorella in a small amount.
Mouth Watering Fruit
Cranberries – Move over UTI’s, there are many more health benefits in town! I can throw out big complicated terms like phytonutrients, anthocyanidin flavonoids, and quercetin but here’s the deal. Cranberries are one of the most healthiest superfoods around. They contain one of the highest concentrations of antioxidants of any fruit. They are high in fiber, manganese, vitamin C, vitamin E, and vitamin K. They are heart healthy, help to fight against cancer and inflammation, and protect our cells from free-radical damage. One of the most important phytonutrients in the small but mighty cranberry is quercetin, which is highly anti-inflammatory.
Blueberries – Blueberries are proof that good things come in small packages. The superfood of superfoods, they are believed to contain the highest antioxidant capacity of all commonly consumed fruits and veggies. They are heart healthy and cancer fighters. Blueberries are an excellent source of fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K, and manganese.
Pomegranate Powder – You can use fresh or frozen pomegranate arils, but sometimes for smoothies, I also like to add pomegranate powder instead. It is made of 100% real fruit soluble powder and contains high levels of vitamin C, K and folate (folic acid). It’s also rich in a number of important minerals including potassium, magnesium, phosphorous and calcium, as well as key amino acids. Pomegranates are known to be a source of antioxidant phytoestrogens and polyphenols.
One for the Road
Something sweet – If you are a “true” vegan, honey is completely optional and does not need to be added. If you wish for your smoothie to be a little sweeter, you can add a little bit of pure maple syrup or stevia. Add to taste, and be minimal.
Ginger, Turmeric, Nutmeg – These three are all super excellent for your health. I have chosen NOT to add them into the smoothie because even just one alters the flavor too much (for me). But feel free to experiment if you want to add any of these wonderful, healing spices.
Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs) – Wow, what a mouthful! MCTs may help with appetite reduction, improved cognition, increased energy levels, and improved mitochondrial functions.The shorter the carbon chain, the more efficiently MCT will be turned into ketones for energy. You will want to look for C8 or C10 when purchasing MCTs. The beauty of MCTs is that they do not need bile or pancreatic enzymes to function. They hit your intestine and diffuse into the bloodstream to the liver, where the liver then releases the ketones back into the bloodstream. Despite the health benefits, MCTs are not without fault. Look for MCT oils sourced only from coconut oil or sustainable palm oil. The palm oil industry is responsible for the deforestation of large parts of the rainforest, driving many animals out of their habitat and threatening many species into the dangers of extinction. NOTE: It is recommended to start with one tsp of MCT until your body becomes used to it, before consuming any more.
Mix It Up and Enjoy!
I wanted to give you some options and advice to cater to your own taste and busy schedule. My goal was to create a specifically designed super smoothie, but also one that has a delicious taste. The fruit and the pom powder bring out the natural sweetness, but you can still taste the greens. It’s not a bad taste, but it’s noticeable. If you normally eat clean, it will taste fine to you. If you have a bit of a sweet tooth, you will probably notice it more. Feel free to add a little bit of natural sweetener like honey or stevia to achieve the optimal balance for your taste.
1/2 cup cranberries
1/2 cup blueberries
1 -2 cubes cilantro and/or parsley and/or spinach
1 TBSP honey (opt) or a small dash of stevia (opt)
1 TBSP pom powder
1/2 scoop (gluten free & vegan) vanilla protein powder
1/2 – 1 tsp chollera
1 tsp MCT oil
2 cups almond milk (after mixing, add a little more if needed).
But Wait – There’s One More for the Road!
Literally. I’m sure your mornings are similar to mine in terms of rushing around to get to work or get everything done. I mix up a few batches of the Hangover Smoothie on Sunday, and then pour into small glass containers to drink throughout the week. I’ll save a few in the fridge for the first couple of days and the remainder in the freezer to pull out later in the week.
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