Cold-Busting Smoothie (Here’s Hoping)

As I write this it is Sunday morning, the sky grey as steel, and I’m five days into an objectionable and wholeheartedly malevolent cold complete with hacking cough (sorry neighbours!) and throbbing head. Thankfully this morning, the house to myself, my burning sinuses had subsided and I felt well enough to blend up a homemade smoothie in the hopes of curing myself in time for a family dinner party this evening (please, Mother Nature, just this one request?) I’ve been rather grumpy about my infirmity so far, given that it has forced me to forego birthday plans with the boy, firework-gazing on Primrose Hill (there’s always next year, I guess!), a festive trip to the theatre and a weekend trip to Wiltshire. Woe is me. Still, if there’s one thing that’ll cheer anyone cold-ridden and runny-nosed up, it’s this smoothie. It’s low in dairy (and can be dairy-free if you omit the yoghurt) and high in fruit/veg/iron/all the good things that’ll keep winter illnesses at bay (I hope) and that taste truly scrumptious when whizzed up together in a blender.

Serves 1.

– 1 handful of spinach

– 1/2 cup almond milk

– 2 tablespoons plain or vanilla yoghurt

– 1/2 frozen banana (unfrozen also works, but frozen bananas are beautifully soothing for the throat)

– 1/2 cup mixed berries (I used blueberries and raspberries here)

– 3 tablespoons jumbo rolled oats

Simply chuck the ingredients in a blender and whizz up until smooth. Easy as pie (or smoothie, in this case.) Enjoy and get well soon if, like me, you too are laid low by the most common (and cumbersome) of all maladies… xo