I’ve started seeing a nutritionist, a decision which I will outline in more detail for you in a later post that I don’t have time to write but you can probably imagine why.
One of the things she has suggested is using “medical food” to help my body recover after flares and, in the interim, until I can successfully kick my Starbucks and chicken wing lifestyle to the curb in favor of a more, ummmm, well balanced diet plan. It is a specialized blend of all sorts of junk and is made to reduce inflammation. I am committing to trying it for 6 weeks.
So, medical food is my new “fifth food group.” It is about as glamourous as it sounds.
A few things I have learned over the past few weeks:
-If it looks like chalk and feels like chalk and smells like chalk, it will most likely taste like chalk.
-If you try to overcome said chalk sensation by purchasing a “flavored” variety, it will taste like flavored chalk.
-Chalky substances are downright horrible in both milk and fruit juice.
-Trying to force yourself to savor and drink something you’ve already decided looks, smells, and tastes nasty is not an easy task.
-The easiest way to consume this crap plain is to pinch your nose and CHUG, CHUG, CHUG. (Hmmm, as I write this, I wonder if I could funnel it….)
So, this weekend while snowed in, I was determined to find a way to make this bearable if not tolerable. Mimosa in hand, I started throwing everything produce wise I have into the equation. Yes, this is what I did when my friends were out having fun. And finally, I think I have cracked the code.
– 1 blender
-Chocolate Soy Milk
-100% all natural unsweetened cranberry juice (I think this was the magic ingredient- the tartness breaks up the chalkiness)
-Blackberries (I also tried it with strawberries and blueberries together and actually liked this even more)
-A small handful of baby spinach (no worries- you can’t taste it. IRON!)
-A tablespoon or so of fresh ground flax seeds.
– Medical food as directed (mine calls for 2 scoops)
Blenderize and you’re good to go!
And the finished product…..looks remarkably like a chocolate milkshake.
I don’t see restaurants picking it up and I doubt I will ever be invited to be a guest on Rachel Ray (especially if you know anything about my cooking habits or general lack thereof) but it has a sweet and sour tang to it that is 500% better than it was plain.