One of the things that got me into trouble with oxalates in the past was my morning smoothie. I would make it with nut butter or hemp protein powder, toss in a couple of very large handfuls of spinach and blend it all together with almond milk. That would be about 1,000 mg of oxalates per smoothie. Considering I’m down to 50 mg a day that is an enormous amount of oxalates to be pumping into my body.
Since beginning a low oxalate lifestyle (LOL), I thought I would have to give my morning smoothie up. I simply needed to be more thoughtful in how I put it together. Switching my spinach for romaine lettuce was key. Romaine is very low in oxalates. I stopped using almond milk and switched to flax and coconut milk. I actually like these two options better. Blueberries are some of the lowest fruits for oxalate content. Bananas are also low, which I use here to sweeten this smoothie. Enjoy!
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When I was a kid I loved orange flavored Creamsicles. As an adult I still like the flavors of my childhood but want to add the benefit of health and wellness to the equation. As a single person I am fond of the cuties oranges. Unfortunately, I can not eat a whole bag by myself. I came up with this smoothie recipe to help use up my Cuties before they go bad.
Another way to salvage your Cuties is to peel them and throw them into the freezer to make into smoothies later.
3 cuties or 1 small orange
1/2 frozen banana
1 serving protein powder of choice
a few drops of orange or tangerine essential oil (I used 7)
handful of greens of choice
milk (I used cashew milk)
vanilla stevia to taste
My liver has been hurting. My health care provider and I both suspect the reason is due to something I am eating on a regular basis. I have eaten primarily paleo for the past few years. Eggs, nuts and seeds are my main source of protein.
She suggested a food elimination diet. This consists of taking out of my diet foods that are common challenges for people with food sensitivities/allergies. These foods can include:
For the next 30 days I will not eat these foods. I am already on day 4 and am having some pretty intense detox symptoms. For instance: headache, body ache, fatigue, cravings, etc. The simple fact that I am having such a detox response to not eating certain foods tells me that one (or more) of the above culprits has been affecting my liver.
Before I began this adventure I made a plan. I looked up recipes on-line and went grocery shopping. This smoothie recipe came out of my desire to have something yummy and support my liver health as well. Both beets and turmeric are incredibly healthy for your liver, chia seeds are great internal sweepers, gelatin helps with bones and joints, cinnamon supports digestion. I hope you enjoy.
This is one of the first recipes I posted many years ago. An oldy but a goody! The only things I would change is stewing the cherries and then getting them cold again. The reason being as I digest cooked fruits and veggies much more easily than raw. I have since been turned on to powdered peanut butter too. Less fat. Nuf said.