Honey and Flax Seed Smoothie
If you have been following my blog, you probably are aware that I am trying to find ways to use my most recent birthday gift from my husband, my Ninja Duo.
I am also trying [really hard lol] to find ways to eat healthier. I know that the things I am putting into my body are having a direct effect on the way I feel. I have never been one to be able to stick to any sort of diet and always end up falling back into old habits.
This has been extremely frustrating since I have been on Prednisone for the last few months. If you have taken steroids before, I am sure you understand the struggles I am having with weight gain and the oh so ehhh moonface that I get after being on them for a while.
Prednisone really is like a catch 22 for lupus patients like me. Sometimes, it’s the only thing that helps me get out of bed and be able to halfway function. Yet, it doesn’t come without a plethora of side-effects like weight gain, insomnia, and mood swings.
I am hoping that once my Benlysta starts kicking in that I will again be able to wean myself off of steroids completely. I got to that point before when I was on Benlysta and I am hoping that I can say the same soon. But for now, I am appreciating the relief I do get from the steroids, even with the side-effects that come along with it.
I recently shared a recipe for an Anti-Stress Lavender Smoothie that I absolutely love. The lavender extract really helped give that smoothie a romantic and calming presence, not to mention it was delicious. This Turmeric Flaxseed Smoothie contains an array of delicious ingredients to give you the perfect nutritional boost with anti-inflammatory fighting power.
This smoothie contains a lot of nutritious ingredients that provide their own specific benefits.
These ingredients include:
Flaxseed: According the Arthritis Foundation, flaxseed may help symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and Raynaud’s. It helps lubricate joints and lessens stiffness and joint pain. Flaxseed may also reduce the risk of heart disease and some types of cancer.
Honey: Honey has been used by humans since ancient times for a variety of ailments. There are many studied benefits to honey, but for me the anti-inflammatory properties of honey are what makes it a favorite sweet treat. The phenolic content in honey is responsible for the anti-inflammatory effect.
Turmeric: Turmeric is another ingredient that has been used for thousands of years. It helps me a lot with inflammation and joint pain. With it’s golden color and unique taste, turmeric is one of my favorite spices. I cook with it often and use it in smoothies and in capsules as a supplement. It is even being used in topical creams and skincare products. It has been used extensively in Ayurvedic medicine as a treatment for inflammatory conditions. If you are not a fan of the slight bite turmeric gives this smoothie, feel free to leave it out. It’s really all about your personal preferences.