I’ve had enough of this! Every month since last November, someone in this house has been sick, and with two littles touching their mouths/faces and touching everything in the house, it gets passed around. I thought the head colds were behind us since it is May, but then on the weekend I woke up feeling like garbage with hardly any voice and a very sore throat! I am progressing quickly through this one, which is good, and thankfully it is just a basic head cold, and I don’t require antibiotics for it. But I am still done with all this! We eat healthy, we exercise regularly, and I have even started taking vitamins! How am I sick again?! I did notice a pattern with when my head cold arrives though, since I chart my fertility (Natural Family Planning for us Catholics!), and found that it arrives when I ovulate. I told my husband this, and he laughed saying my body must be punishing me for not being pregnant! I took to the internets, and sure enough, your body naturally lowers your immune system while ovulating so as to not kill any sperm, which leaves you open to getting sick. I guess my body is desperate to get pregnant and really lowering my immunity, because I have had a cold at some point for the past 6 months!
Regardless of this fact, I know that I can eat healthier and take better care of myself. As a busy mom, I often put myself last, my kids will always come first, but what good is it if I don’t take care of myself and am always sick! I make sure everyone else eats fruits and veggies as snacks, but I don’t always. Our dinners are super healthy and well balanced, but what (if anything) I grab for lunch is often leftovers of the kids’ or all carbs. I know I need more protein and more fruits/veggies in my diet; things need to be more balanced and more consistent for me. We consume a lot of smoothies in this house; they are quick, healthy, and the kids love em. I make one giant one, and we all share it, but it is usually just frozen fruit, a little juice and a banana or yogurt. These are great, and healthy, but they need to be amped up a little! I planted lots of spinach in the garden, with plans of freezing it for smoothies, but why am I waiting till it grows to do this?!
I’ve read that spinach can be blended with a little water, and frozen in ice cube trays, ready to be added to smoothies. We always have mixed berries and strawberries in the freezer for smoothies, and I buy at least 3 bunches of bananas a week, so we are well stocked that way. But what else can I add to my smoothies? Kick up the protein with a little peanut butter? Add even more blueberries for additional antioxidants? Should I jump on the kale band wagon?
Check out my food board on Pinterest for all the smoothie recipes I’m going to try. Do you have a favourite smoothie recipe or ingredient to keep you healthy?