I can’t speak to every part of the world, but in my neck of the woods the weather has taken a sudden turn for the worse.
We’re talking cold, wind and hail – which strikes a scary resemblance to snow. It’s sad how quickly things change. I let my guard down and have fallen ill, which is horrible news, as I have a photo shoot coming up.
Being sick is the worst. My skin gets puffy, my nose gets red and the surrounding skin on my face loses all color; I’ll spare you the photographic evidence, but trust me, it’s not pretty.
So I’ve gone into “get well” mode. What does get well mode look like? Well, in addition to enough sleep to rival that of a newborn, it includes more fresh juices and smoothies than you shake a stick at!
I should also mention that a get well mode demands a person who is in good health, and willing to be bossed around – thankfully I have one of those!
My weapon of choice in the fight against sickness: berries
I sent my healthy helper to the market with one request: berries. And not just any berry – raspberries to be exact!
Raspberries offer not only the tangy flavor we love but more antioxidants than any cold or flu can beat. Then I sent him to the grocery store for kefir, and although kefir may seem like an odd choice, over 60% of our immunity rests on the back of a healthy digestive system and kefir (fermented milk) is full of probiotics.
The tangy taste of the raspberries is heightened by the pineapple and sour lemon flavor in this creation. It’s hard to believe I came up with this while running a fever!
This recipe is simple, quick and delicious, and a go to when you’re sick as a dog, or just in need of a delicious snack!
- 1 cup watercress
- 1 cup raspberries
- ½ pineapple, peeled and cored
- ½ lemon, peeled and seeded
- 1 ½ cups kefir
Place watercress, raspberries, lemon, pineapple and ¾ cups of kefir in a blender and blend until thoroughly combined. Add the remaining kefir, as needed, while blending until desired consistency is achieved.
Yields 3-4 cups