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Satsuma, Grape and Banana Smoothie

Banana grape smoothie

Today’s tasty treat is one of those juices that you can make up from all the bits of fruit that you perhaps should of eaten but somehow forgot! Wade and I always always seem to end up with Satsumas, Grapes and Bananas left over in our cupboards and this is a great way to use them up. Why not join us in making a Satsuma, Grape and Banana Smoothie.

First we’ll run through the very simple recipe and then we’ll talk a little about the health benefits that Arthritis sufferers can gain from each of these tasty fruits.

Satsuma, Grape and Banana Smoothie

Serves: 4 

  •  7 Satsumas
  • 200g of Grapes (any type will work)
  • 2 Bananas
  • 2 scoops of protein powder
  • 100ml Water

Method

Prep: 5min  › blend: 1min› Ready in: 6 mins

  1. Remove the grapes from the Vine and wash them thoroughly in a colander, leave these to dry while you prepare the rest of your ingredients
  2. Peel your Satsumas and put the whole fruits into the blender, (Satsumas don’t have seeds so they can go in whole)
  3. Remove the skins from the Bananas (you can use frozen Bananas too) and add them to the fruity mix
  4. Pour in 100ml of Water (we use bottled or distilled) this helps the blender to start blending and reduces the consistency of the shake to make it more drinkable.
  5. If protein powder is your thing, add two scoops right before blending, putting it in last reduces the chances of getting big lumps of powder in your drink
  6. Turn on the blender on full power for around 1 minute so all of the Satsuma skins are nicely blended

Take a look

 

Satsuma health

High in vitamin C, Calcium, Potassium, Folate,  Antioxidants and dietary fibre, Potassium but low in Saturated fat, Cholesterol, and Sodium. Potassium has been shown to reduce rheumatoid arthritis symptoms.

Satsumas are high in a substance called Synephrine, a natural antihistamine that can help with Allergies, Colds and Flu, keeping you fighting fit in the winter months.

Grape health

Not only are Grapes tasty they contain all kinds of vitamins, minerals and other beneficial compounds that help with Arthritis

Grapes can dissolve Uric acid which attacks the joints and is the main cause of Gout

A recent study showed that Organic chemicals found in grapes known as polyohenols help alleviate pain from Osteoarthritis of the knee and also help with improved joint flexibility and overall mobility

A recent study in Saudi Arabia concluded that Grape seed Extract has the ability to modify immune cells called T cells, these cells help the body to deal with the pain of Arthritis

Banana health

Bananas contain vitamin B-6, folate and vitamin C

Bananas have high levels of Potassium which has amazing anti calcification properties and decreases bone loss

Bananas are high in Magnesium which has proven to alleviate the symptoms of Arthritis

Protein powder

Why do we add protein powder you might ask?

Well Wade and I are always weight lifting, Cycling and doing lots of other physical stuff so it helps support our healthy lifestyle but people with RA simply need more protein than people who don’t have RA.

It’s pretty much common knowledge that people who are suffering a chronic illness and drop below 40% muscle mass die. Also Cartilage can’t be repaired if you don’t have a high enough protein intake so it’s pretty vital that you keep topped up, not only does protein powder give you lots of lovely protein it’s also enriched with many other beneficial amino acids that the body needs for regeneration.

We like to take an undenatured organic whey protein, there are several  on the market but we will be adding some of our own products here in the near future and also conducting some tests on the best type of Protein powder for RA sufferers, watch this space.

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