For any of my followers, I apologize for my absence. February was a rough month for me personally, I had been dealing with some major stress, and unfortunately my weakened immune system took advantage… I came down with a pretty aggressive cold.
I want to make this website a great resource for fellow CrossFit, nutrition, clean and healthy living junkies just like me -and I just didn’t feel like a half hearted effort or post would do it any justice. I am starting to feel better, and have been working on managing my stress levels. Planning a wedding, buying a house, and some other major life changes… not to mention some drama – and Poof! Stress shoots through the roof…
Anyway- I wanted to post a recipe today, as I had accumulated some awesome ingredients over my last two grocery trips, and after being sick three times in the last two months, I was looking for a boost to my immune system… Oh baby did I get one… Not only does this taste wonderful, but it has some amazing benefits…
Blackberries– A natural immune system booster, they are high in dietary fiber, folic acid and are known to have anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer properties. Not to mention they are high in vitamins C & K! YUM!
Coconut Water- A natural source of electrolytes, reduces food cravings, boosts metabolism, also has vitamin C, and is a fat free food that is loaded with enzymes that aid in digestion.
Lime Juice – Lime juice is anti-carcinogenic and can promote activity in the liver, which helps detoxify chemicals from the body… (Hellooooo cough medicine).
Kiwi – Has more vitamin C than an orange -absolutely loaded with antioxidants. Helps promote respiratory health… In fact the Chinese used to create cough syrup from Kiwis!!!
Echinacea- Amazing stuff. Can help fight off colds, sore throats, is an anti-inflammatory, can fight infections and ease pain… WIN!!!
So with all that…here it is, my new favorite concoction… Black Berry Booster Slush…
1 cup frozen organic blackberries
1 cup fresh coconut water
1/2 teaspoon liquid echinacea.
1 1/2 cups ice
1/2 cup water.
I chose to use organic frozen blackberries because they are super convenient, and you can now find them at almost every grocery store (you can substitute this for fresh black berries if you prefer) I think the frozen blackberries also add to the “slushy” texture.
I took the skin off one kiwi, and cut it into small slices.
I quartered two limes and squeezed the juice directly into the blender.
Then I added one half teaspoon of liquid echinacea (you can get this at Whole Foods), 1 and a half cups of ice, and 1/2 cup of water… blended it all up at a low speed in my blender, and voila! Blackberry Booster Slushy…
On a side note, this would also make an AMAZING popsicle in the summer!!! YUM!!!