A smoothie is a great way to get nourishment in an easy-to-swallow and delicious way.
Post Tonsillectomy Peanut Butter Smoothies
In a minute I’ll share a favorite recipe from my recovery: peanut butter smoothies. First let’s go over a few basics. Start with a blender or food processor. The basis of the smoothie is the fruit. It’s fun to try different fruits. I have some favorites for those with sore throats. Remember that some fruits that are naturally juicy will yield a thinner smoothie.
How to make smoothies that don’t hurt If you’re nursing a sore throat, (as many of my readers are), choose your fruit carefully. Fruits with higher acidity can really burn on the way down. I like melons and bananas. (below I share a recipe for peanut butter banana- Mmm!) Cut the fruit into chunks and drop into the blender.
Next, add some liquid. Most smoothie recipes call for milk or yogurt. These work fine for most folks, but if you’re recovering from a tonsillectomy, dairy isn’t the best idea. Milk or yogurt can leave an annoying film on the throat. (Some people eat ice cream and yogurt and don’t have problems. I did.) I’d go with soy milk or almond milk. Play with the amounts of liquid to get the right thickness. Usually 1/4 of the volume of the fruit is a good place to start. (1/4 cup of soy milk to 1 cup of fruit.) I’ve also used prune juice. This can help with one of the side effects of pain medicine, but it can add a little tartness, so go easy with it.
How to make smoothies that satisfy- Here’s where I like to add some extra nourishment. Adding one or two tablespoons of rolled oats, whey powder, or peanut butter is a great way to sneak in some caloric value. It’s just enough substance to give your body fuel without having to choke in the process.
Make it cold- Cold is your friend. Add a few ice cubes to chill your smoothie and also thin it out a bit. If the ratio is right, this should feel good going down, especially if it’s nice and cold.
That’s as complicated as it needs to be. Some smoothie recipes call for vanilla, honey, sugar, or other flavorings. They really aren’t necessary. Turn the blender on at medium to high until the smoothie is a consistent texture throughout.
If you find the drink to be too thick, add a few more ice cubes and blend again. There’s really no downside to water. Enjoy your smoothie and start feeling better! Cheers!
In case you’re not recovering from tonsillectomy, check out all the delicious bloody Mary recipes at My Big Fat Bloody Mary
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Here’s my favorite smoothie recipe: The Peanut Butter Smoothie with Banana Oatmeal
- One ripe banana, peeled
- 1/4 cup soy milk
- 2 TBSP Peanut Butter
- 1/4 cup prune juice
- 1 TBSP rolled oats
- 3-4 ice cubes
Instructions: Combine all ingredients in blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Add more ice if thinner consistency is desired.
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