The recipe sheet I added at the end of yesterday’s post came out pretty well. At least it’s printable now. The plugin promised to add nutritional info like calories, fats, carbohydrates etc. once I published the post. Well, that didn’t happen for sure… Let’s see what happens with today’s recipe sheet. It’s an easy recipe with only a few ingredients and 1 serving, maybe the program is able to calculate nutritional info now. Oh, and I’m following up on my mum’s suggestion to add a little picture of the recipe to the sheet. Over to the story of today now!
In my life I’ve worked in two stores, the food supplement store I worked for til last April and a tiny delicacy store I worked in for almost two years when I was about 19 years old. The stores had one thing in common: they both sold the herbal teas of Celestial Seasonings.
I’m not mentioning this brand because I believe they have the best herbal mixes in the world, there are so many other brands with good herbal teas. But they are not bad either. I’ve sipped on quite a few that I really liked. I guess my favorite so far is their Detox AM Tea. It almost has a caramel like flavor, not bad for a tea that is supposed to give your liver a flush.
But the one that actually got me inspired to make today’s recipe is their Sleepytime Throat Tamer. The herbs in this mix help your throat relax at night when you’re down with a cold or with the flu. I’m sure it will not take away all the coughing and sneezing, but the herbs used will give at least some relief. Celestial uses spearmint, soothing chamomile, licorice root and slippery elm bark to coat and soothe a sore throat, with a rejuvenating infusion of lemongrass and ginger. Sounds good right?
But chamomile and slippery elm bark aren’t the only herbs or natural ingredients that can tame the throat. Thyme is a good herb to use as well and even pineapple has its benefits.
Did you know that pineapples contain an enzyme called bromelain that has anti-inflammatory properties? It helps reduce the irritation and swelling at the backs of our tongues and in our throats when we have a sore throat. On top of that, pineapples contain plenty of vitamin C, which helps to boost the immune system. We want lots of vitamin C in case of a cold or the flu. So when coming up with a recipe for a throat taming smoothie I knew I had to add pineapple. For it’s health benefits and for its taste.
The other main ingredient is thyme. Maybe an odd combination, pineapple and thyme, but it worked out pretty well. Thyme contains thymol, one of the important essential oils, which scientifically has been found to have antiseptic, anti-fungal characteristics. Just as pineapple it contains quite a bit of vitamin C as well. You might be surprised to hear that 100 grams of thyme leaves contain 266% of the daily recommended amount of vitamin C. The plant chemicals in thyme also might relieve smooth muscle spasms, such as coughing. Using thyme in your food when you have a cold or the flu is not such a bad idea at all.
The last throat taming ingredient I added to this smoothie is honey. That shouldn’t be a surprise. Thanks to its antimicrobial properties, honey not only soothes throats but can also kill certain bacteria that cause the infection. If you really want to add a bacteria killer to your smoothie than spend some more money and go for Manuka Honey. This honey from New Zealand is significantly different than standard honey. Honey contains hydrogen peroxide which is known to be an antiseptic. Therefore, regular honey could theoretically be effective in treating wounds and a sore throat. However, standard honey looses most of its healing properties when it comes in contact with wound fluids. This isn’t the case with Manuka Honey, one other advantage is that it is a stable product, so there is no concern of it losing its potency or healing properties over time. When you’re interested in trying Manuka Honey make sure you buy a brand that is ‘Active’. This has to be mentioned on the jar and this activity comes in several degrees, stated as 6+, 12+, 15+, 24+ etc. The higher the activity, the more antiseptic power it has, and unfortunately the more pricey it becomes…
I used regular honey for my smoothie. I didn’t have Manuka on hand and although the antibacterial properties of regular honey might be less than those of Manuka, honey still gives that soothing feeling to the throat. So next time you’re a little under the weather with a sore throat and coughing try this Throat Taming Thyme Smoothie. You can even put it in the fridge for a while to make it extra cold. That might help with a sore throat as well. But even without a cold or the flu it’s nice to drink!
Throat Taming Thyme Smoothie
cooked vegan, serves 1
* 1 cup of fresh pineapple
* 1 cup of rice milk
* 1 tablespoon of fresh thyme leaves
* 1 teaspoon of honey
1. Just put all ingredients in a blender and blend until you have a drink with a smooth consistency.
Tip: this is not a thick smoothie, if you like thick smoothies then use 1/2 cup of rice milk and 1.5 cups of pineapple. The rice milk can also be replaced by water if you’re not into plant based milks. And by adding frozen pineapple you get a cooling Summer smoothie which can cool down an inflamed throat as well.