What a week this has been. I am more than ready for the weekend and can’t wait to tune out for 2 whole days 🙂 I don’t want to be one of those people who wait all week for Friday but I really, really LOVE Fridays! I have something to love about every other day of the week too… Bachelor Mondays, BodyAttack Tuesdays…. but no day will ever compare to Friday. Not even if Juan Pablo showed up at my door with a rose every Wednesday. My boyfriend is way cooler anyway 😉
My only worry… I woke up this morning with a throbbing sore throat! I’ve been taking extremely good care of myself so I am hoping that I can kick this before Saturday night’s events. I pulled out all the stops this morning:
Ginger tea with lemon
And packed a lunch full of fruit and veggies (did you know kale has more vitamin C than an orange per 100 g?)
Who needs luck when you have PLANT POWER! If you want to know exactly how I’ve avoided getting sick for over a year you can read about my witchcraft here 😉
Speaking of delicious fruits, loaded with vitamin C and other bug-fighting abilities, how about them persimmon?
These little gems have about 70 calories per 100 g and contain loads of vitamins, minerals, and anti-oxidants. They are a very good source of vitamin-C, especially native Chinese and American persimmon which provide 80% of the daily recommended intake.
Persimmon have many B-complex vitamins such as folic acid, pyridoxine (vitamin B-6), thiamin, etc. For more details on the health benefits, check out this source.
Persimmon is the star in February’s smoothie of the month, combined with the key to any great smoothie – banana, a little natural sweetness from dates, and a warm hug from a some cinnamon and spice.
There are no cinnamon hearts involved directly, but the persimmon-cinnamon (persinnamon) smoothie holds the key to my post-yoga heart this February. Try it, you’ll like it 🙂
Persinnamon Heart Smoothie
- 1.5 cups almond milk
- 2 persimmon, peeled
- 1 banana*
- 1/4 cup cashews
- 2 medjool dates, pitted
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ginger
- pinch nutmeg
- optional: 1 cup spinach
Blend everything up in your weapon of choice and garnish with a cinnamon stick if you’re fancy like that!
*For a banana substitution, try 1/4-1/2 an avocado (warning: this will turn your smoothie light green) or 1/2 cup coconut yogurt. For added sweetness, toss in an extra date or 2 until desired results are achieved. For a thicker consistency, decrease the almond milk and/or increase the cashews.
Have an amazing weekend and stay on top of your health this winter 🙂