Of late, the skies over the Greater Manila Area have been a dark, ominous gray and the rain has been falling in sheets. Living in southern suburbia, the croaking of frogs in the wooded area behind our house is actually louder than the roar of the pouring rain. The winds blow wild and cold outside, whistling a raw-sounding lullaby, a song that plays on even at the breaking of a dampened dawn.
While I love cold rainy weather, I’m also aware that people tend to blame it for every cough or cold that smacks them in their tracks. Truth be told, people wouldn’t have to worry about getting sick if they made sure that their bodies were getting enough nutrients to fend off any bacteria or viruses silly enough to try and take residence!
Rainy days call for a boost in one’s intake of iron, calcium, potassium, plus Vitamins A, C, and D. Your blood needs to be robust, your stamina high, and your systems well-protected to endure the changes in the weather. Keeping this in mind, I whipped up a regular nutritional bomb of a smoothie for breakfast this morning.
If you remember my Supplemental Sunshine Smoothie from last year, this is actually quite similar. It involves a healthy dose of mango yogurt, fresh banana, and an antioxidant boost in the form of Arizona Antioxidant+ Green Tea with Pomegranate.
If you’ve read Avicenna’s The Canon of Medicine, pomegranates are so rich in antioxidants and vitamins that they are considered an integral part of a diet geared towards building the body’s resistance to illness and infection. Paired with green tea – yet another superfood – you’ll be drinking your way to good health.
The resulting drink has a lovely sweet-tart taste and a creamy texture that goes down a treat. Plus, it’s quite filling so it can be considered a meal in itself. Try it for breakfast on a stormy day; trust me – you’ll feel much better. 🙂
- 1 125g cup mango yogurt (peach or apricot yogurt may be substituted)
- 1/2 cup green tea with pomegranate drink
- 1 large ripe banana
- handful of ice cubes
Put all the ingredients into a blender and blitz at the highest speed (“Liquefy” setting on an Osterizer) for about 30 seconds. Lower the speed to medium (“Frappe” setting on an Osterizer) and process for an additional 20 seconds. Pour into a large tumbler.