Monday, February 27, 2012

Smoothies & Vertigo....yes you read that correctly.

I've always thought vertigo was something that people who liked to complain, got. "Oh my vertigo....every thing's spinning....whine, whine, whine...." It was something relative to being a little dizzy. No big deal.

I am completely wrong, and I'll be the first to admit it. When the room starts spinning and you haven't had an ounce to drink, you'd be convinced too. Vertigo is not fun. One minute you are perfectly fine, seeing clearly, and the next the earth is moving all around you and you feel like you're on rough seas. To top it all off, mine is heightened with anxiety. I went to a friend's open house this weekend, walked in the door and BAM...vertigo. Thankfully it isn't too bad, but along with everything moving, my adrenaline started racing. Heart speeds up, and things start looking a little hazy. Awesome. Therefore no need to drink, I already felt drunk. And that's really the best way to describe it. It's like when you're on the verge of blacking out for an overly indulgent night of martinis, and you're laying in bed with one foot on the ground.

Thankfully I'm told this will about 3-6 weeks. Great. So what do I do in the meantime? Not drink. Check, haven't in months. Not drive terribly far. (Heard a horror story from a good friend who's launched while driving and blacked out.) Trying to stay away from big groups or parties where my anxiety kicks in.

So if I become a hermit, you know why.

Moving on.....

So I have been promising my shake recipe, which I outlined last post. But I thought I'd include some photos and actual measurements for my "cooking/making anything inclined" readers. Here goes...

Berry Smoothie
1 frozen banana
1 large leaf of kale
1 cup frozen berries
4 chunks mango (optional)
1/2 cup POM juice
1/2 cup Green Goodness by Bolthouse Farms
1.5 cups coconut milk
2 T hemp protein (not shown, optional)

Place in blender in the order of ingredients listed, frozen items at the bottom along with the kale leaf so that they blend well. Pulse on Ice Crush mode about 10 times. Then set on liquefy.

Finished product is on the right. Should be dark violet in color. If the frozen items make the shake too thick, add another 1/2 cup of coconut milk. Makes 2 adult servings.

I'll continue to upload recipes for anyone interested.


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