healing from the inside out

Do you ever have the experience wherein you find exactly what you need at the most opportune moment?

I am recovering from a scheduled surgery (and doing well, thanks for asking) due in part to this fantastic smoothie recipe that  I came across just before the surgery.

popeye

We all know what Popeye’s superfood is!

To prepare for the recovery, knowing I’d have limited movement and energy, I made a batch of the healthy hearty white bean kale soup, portioned it into single servings and froze it.  I also bought lots of kale and coconut water and bananas for the smoothie recipe.

While there are lots of smoothie recipes, this one struck me as simple, nutritious and easy to digest.  And it has proved to be a major component of my recovery; in fact, it is all I’ve been “eating” through my beloved bendy straw for the last 5 days!  I have no appetite but knowing I have to nourish myself, this has been easy to make, delicious and just the right combination allowing me to actually drink it.

I did make a few adjustments, as I always recommend in most recipes!

Superpower Morning Smoothie
Serves 1
1 large handful roughly chopped kale, spinach, collards, or a combination
1 frozen peeled banana, cut into several pieces
1 cup pure unsweetened coconut water
2 tablespoons almond butter
1 tablespoon flax oil
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Place all ingredients in a blender and puree until completely uniform in color and all the bits of green are pulverized. Serve immediately.

What are foods you rely on when you’re healing?

-Molly Zahner

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