Not only does this smoothie taste like a delicious orange creamsicle, but it can also help our body recover from stress!
Our adrenal glands are key organs for producing many of our hormones, and this includes the stress hormone, cortisol. Cortisol is a normal and needed hormone, it’s what wakes you up in the morning and when it’s in balance it gives you energy throughout the day. It helps manage our blood sugar levels. But the more stress and pressure we feel, the more cortisol our adrenals produce, beyond what our bodies need to stay in balance.
Since the adrenals are not only responsible for producing cortisol (they also produce sex hormones like estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone, as well as adrenaline and noradrenaline), they have a high need for nutrients. And when we are in a state of chronic stress, the adrenals will start stealing nutrients to produce more cortisol and so our production of other hormones will suffer.
This effects not only hormone production, but also our blood sugar regulation, our digestion, our ability to handle and remove toxins, and our ability to deal with inflammation.
While drinking this smoothie isn’t going to magically recover your body from the effects of chronic stress, it will give you many of the key nutrients your adrenals need to help replenish their depleted stores. Along with some healthy fats and fibre, this smoothie will give you some vitamin B3, B6, C, and E, and minerals like calcium and magnesium.
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Orange Creamsicle Smoothie
1.5 cups (375mL) water
⅓ cup (80mL) cooked cauliflower (fresh or frozen)
¼ cup (60mL) coconut cream
¼ cup (60mL) protein powder (I like an unflavoured organic whey)
½ tsp (2mL) vanilla extract
1 orange, peeled
Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. (Be sure to blend long enough, the pulp of the orange takes longer to break down than the other ingredients.)