Luscious and Rich Christmas Plum Pudding Smoothie; A Right Royal Treat!
The Crown Jewel of all Smoothies!
Christmas is a time for celebration, a time for decadence and for luscious delights. The traditional Christmas (or plum) Pudding represents all that Christmas is about, with its lush flavours and rich ingredients. This is not a time to hold back, but one to really truly enjoy the most wonderful of treats!
To represent this sentiment, we have our very decadent Plum Pudding Smoothie. Personally I think it ticks all the boxes for indulgent holiday treat, but that’s not to say it leaves your healthy conscience with a blot; this royal treat of a smoothie will leave your tastebuds satisfied, and your body fulfilled!
Incredible Health benefits
The wonderful ingredients for this festive smoothie includes several delicious fruits, each with their own fantastic health benefits. In addition to the fruit, there are spices known to detox and de-bloat, posess anti-fungal, anti-inflammatroy and anti-septic properties (read more about the health benefits of spices on this link).
One of the most exquisite ingredients in our smoothie is the fantastic Manuka honey, which is well-known for its incredible anibacterial properties. The major antibacterial component in manuka honey is methylglyoxal. This compound is found in most types of honey, but usually only in small quantities. The higher the methylglyoxal content, the higher the therapeutic potency. The scale upon which this potency is measured is called UMF, and honey must have a UMF rating of above 10 to be considered therapeutic.
In 2010 the National Cancer Institute approved a proposal for the use of manuka honey for the reduction of inflammation of the esophagus associated with chemotherapy (1). Researchers at University Of Technology Sydney (UTS) recently also found that manuka honey is effective in treating antibiotic-resistant bacteria and also prevents bacteria from becoming resistant to the antibiotic (2) A previous study found manuka honey to be effctive over 80 types of bacterial strains, including MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus).In the study, when manuka honey was given along with an antibiotic, the MRSA bacteria was destroyed; an effect that was not present when taking antibiotics alone (3).
Even more goodness
We have packed this delicious treat of a smoothie with a fantastic number of healthy helpers; such as almonds which are the most nutrient-rich of all nuts (read about the health benefits of almonds here and here), chia seeds, which are high in omega3, calcium, magnesium, iron, and phosphorous, -and last but not least some delicious dark chocolate to add that extra deliciousness along with antioxidants and mood-boosting serotonin!
This smoothie truly is the holiday season’s most decadent healthy treat!
Here’s how to make it!
- 2 cups almond milk (or milk of choice)
- 2 big ripe juicy plums
- 1/4 of a ripe pear
- Flesh of 1 ripe fig (no skin)
- 1 ripe frozen banana in pieces
- Zest from 1/4 of lemon (abut 1/2 tsp)
- Zest from 1/4 of orange (about 1/2 tsp)
- 1 tsp 15+ Manuka honey -or sweetener of choice (3 pitted medjool dates for paleo)
- 1/4 cup almond meal
- 1/8 tsp nutmeg
- 1/8 tsp allspice
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp organic vanilla extract, or vanilla bean paste
- 2 tsp chia seeds
- 1 tbsp grated dark high quality dairy-free chocolate
- Optional: pomegranate seeds to decorate
- Warm the almond milk up to 37 degrees celcius (body temperature) -no more, or you will kill the therapeutic properties of the honey! You can drip a drop on the back of your hand to make sure it’s body temperature.
- Stir the manuka honey into the almond milk. This step is important in order to avoid the honey resting in the bottom of your glass in a cold lump.
- Pop all the ingredients, except chocolate and pomegranate, into the blender, and blend till smooth.
- Lastly, stir through grated chocolate, and sprinkle pomegranate seeds on top to decorate!
- Serve immediately
I hope you’ll enjoy this rich and delicious Christmas treat, and make sure you check back in on Christmas Eve for the final smoothie in our calendar:
This article has been a collaboration between Kristine, and our health expert, Nick.
sources: (1) webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/manuka-honey-medicinal-uses?page=2 (2) Wallace A et.al. Demonstrating the safety of manuka honey UMF 20+in a human clinical trial with healthy individuals. Br J Nutr. 2010 Apr;103(7):1023-8. (2-2)National Cancer Institute: “Scientific Steering Committee Approved Concepts (2006-June 2011).” (2-3) Jenkins, R and Cooper, R. Improving Antibiotic Activity against Wound Pathogens with Manuka Honey In Vitro; PLoS One. 2012; 7(9) – See more at: http://www.naturalhealth365.com/food_news/manuka_honey.html#sthash.3gzTLdOS.dpuf (3) naturalhealth365.com/food_news/manuka_honey.html#sthash.3gzTLdOS.dpuf