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Friday, April 18, 2014

Boosting Bone Health {Smoothie Recipe & Giveaway} #NaturallyAtHome

A few weeks ago, I went for a bone density test.  It had been a couple of years since my last scan and since then, I've consciously thought of my bone health and sought out ways to try to rebuild some bone strength.  My doctor has told me that once bone density is lost, it is difficult to repair - yet, I was recently questioned about that, and I began to think that there had to be a way.  Or, at least a way to prevent further bone loss.  

My scan revealed that I've lost two inches in height since my last test, which completely shocked me.  In the past, I've taken supplements in an attempt to (at least) keep my bones at the level they were at.  Yet, when I heard that I am a full two inches shorter, I knew it was time to become regimented about my bone health.  I already live with a permanent lower back injury, and slight scoliosis - now I can see that osteoporosis is a real possibility.  I know that we aren't given more than we can handle, but I wonder how I will tolerate any additional back issues.....?

So, it's time to get serious with my bone health!

Orange Naturals Naturopathic Tinctures

Orange Naturals Tinctures are liquid medicine made from a herb soaked in alcohol and water (alcohol pulls out medicinal ingredients and preserves the tincture).  Tinctures are absorbed directly into the blood stream, and bypass the digestive system.  The absorption rate is 98%, as compared to tablets which have only a 5 - 18% absorption rate.

Tinctures are the perfect way for me to boost my bone health.  I've found bypassing my digestive system is the only way to go when it comes to medications - IBD causes my system to be hyper and most meds move through pretty quickly.


Boosting Bone Health Smoothie Recipe

2 Scoops Orange Naturals ND Shake Mix for Women
1/2 cup Milk
1/2 cup Vanilla Yogurt (or your favourite flavour choice)
1/2 cup Sliced Strawberries (I had frozen, so that's what I used)
1 Sliced Banana 
1/4 cup Coconut Milk
1 drop of Orange Naturals Devil's Claw Tincture

Combine all ingredients until pureed.  Pour into a chilled glass and serve immediately.   This smoothie contains calcium, from the yogurt, milk and from the ND Shake Mix.

*Orange Naturals Devil's Claw is used to help relieve joint pain associated with osteoarthritis.* 
*Orange Naturals ND Shake Mix for Women is a nutrient dense blend of plant protein, greens, and superfruits - it supports women's blood sugar, bone and urinary health.*
*Orange Naturals ND Shake Mix 250mg of calcium per 2 scoops.* 



My children's bone health is also quite important to me.  I am predisposed to osteoporosis, and I figure my children are as well.  (My decreased bone density is due to over-use of steroids.)  So, alternately, I could prepare this same smoothie for my children, by simply interchanging Orange Naturals ND Shake for Woman,  for Orange Naturals ND Shake for Kids.   Then, replace Orange Naturals Devil's Claw with Orange Naturals D3 Drops.
  
More Smoothie Inspiration
 
You may of caught Orange Naturals on Canadian talk show Steven and Chris (who I love) earlier this month.   Check out the smoothie creations featured on the show.    And, be sure to visit Orange Naturals blog, where you'll find great articles geared towards children and the whole family. 

Giveaway! 

Canadians, please use the rafflecopter form to enter to win a fantastic prize from Orange Naturals!  (value $175)  Prize includes: ND Shakes for the family, Hamilton Beach personal blender, and a copy of Superfood Smoothies recipe book!  Thanks for entering and good luck. 




 
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 Disclosure: I am part of the Orange Naturals Mom Ambassador Program and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own. 

43 comments:

Jeannie Lam said...

My go to smoothie always has strawberries and bananas.

Judy C said...

Right now I am putting almond milk, bananas & peanut butter in my smoothie. Taking care of my bone health is very important to me and I know I should be doing more especially since I am at higher risk for bone lose. (Judy Cowan)

Glogirl said...

My favourite smoothie has strawberry, banana, kiwi and a bit of mango juice concentrate in it.

Salad For Breakfast said...

I love to use almond milk, greek yogurt, mangoes and bananas in mine. Sometimes I add strawberries and spirulina powder depending on the day and my mood.

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Josh Siemens said...

strawberry banana - but i am always willing to try something new.

dorcontest said...

My ingredients are sugar free almond milk, 1 cup of mixed berries (5gm of sugar), almonds, peanut butter or protein powder, 1/4 cup of oatmeal, moringa powder or kale. Yum Yum

DOREEN LAMOUREUX

Stephanie LaPlante said...

My go to smoothie is one my brother makes when I'm sick. Fruits, chocolate & ton of powdered vitamins & protein. Honestly I don't know what it does but he calls it his Super Smoothie Shake.

409cope said...

I like strawberries, banana, blueberries and yogurt.

Bev said...

I like to put yogurt, bananas and mango in my smoothie.

2012july/Cheryl Grandy said...

I like banana with just about any fruit and some greens (eg: spinach)

blogginggal said...

I like peanut butter and banana smoothies with pb, banana and milk and ice cubes (Suzi)

Monique L.S. said...

My favourite smoothie is with strawberry, banana and spinach.

Sweet Panda said...

My favourite is banana mango smoothies with banana, milk, mango juice or mango puree

Victoria S said...

I put kale, parsley, a banana, and soy milk, and then I add another fruit and maybe yogourt and ginger. Victoria Ess

Lynda Cook said...

I like putting in mango or banana, but lately I have been using watermelon so good

Courtney B said...

bananas protein and yogurt!!!

SG said...

Frozen raspberries, banana, apple juice and a dash of yogurt. Mmmm...

CC said...

I put frozen blueberries and bananas with yogurt.

Darlene Schuller said...

I love all kinds of fruits in my smoothies..

Soozle said...

My go to is banana, strawberry and almond milk :)

Andrea said...

my fav smoothie is with blueberries, bananas, orange juice, ice and yogurt.

Fan R. said...

Strawberry & Banana!

charity konrath said...

coconut milk spinach bananas and strawberry

Lori Butler said...

I love my strawberry, banana & kiwi smoothies

flowerchild said...

My smoothie has vanilla yogurt ,strawberries and bananas
thanks

Angela M said...

My go to ingredients are pretty simple -- strawberry and blueberry and vanilla. I prefer smoothies with just a few ingredients.

Flo said...

I like to use strawberries, blueberries, plain greek yogurt to make a smoothie. I had a little sugar free jello to sweeten.
Florence C

Heidi Carlson-Reid said...

I like berries, chia and flax seeds, yogourt, and protein powder in my smoothies!

Nicolthe pickle said...

I always use strawberries, but I like peach smoothies too.

le p said...

just 2 ingredients - fresh (or frozen) raspberries and greek yogourt. thanks

Eldon Lai said...

I put frozen mango and peach chunks.

leanne_mac said...

Blueberries and bananas

Brenda Penton said...

My go-to smoothie has spinach, peanut butter, greek yogurt, and bananas.

Debbie said...

I use the frozen fruit blend. The one with peaches, strawberries and melon.
(Debbie W)

Jenny Major said...

strawberry and banana

Shannon L said...

My go-to smoothie is a strawberry banana greek yogurt mix up. What ever I have on hand.

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verycutekitties said...

I put yogurt, bananas and frozen fruits

Juliee said...

My favorite smoothie is frozen cherries , protein powder, almond milk and chia seeds.

Jennifer L. said...

My go-to smoothie is kale, frozen blueberries, a banana and a little water.

Erin said...

I like to use frozen berries, protein powder, and greens!

Wanda Bergman said...

I love strawberries and vanilla ice cream. A great, yet simple, dessert smoothie!

Christy Martin said...

I like vanilla almond milk, bananas and a bit of pinnaple.