Banana Shake Recipe and a Plea

This is a recipe… and a plea to help me find some yummy food I can eat for the next 3 weeks (or more).

Let me give you a little background. I’ll try to make it quick. I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease about 6 years ago. It attacks the thyroid and is an autoimmune disease. Sometimes my medication has helped and other times not so much. Now I’ve been diagnosed with Celiac disease, another autoimmune disorder. Obviously, I was put on a gluten free diet, which hasn’t been too bad. There are a lot of options out there now and I have a friend who’s had it for a few years and she’s been a great resource. I have other health issues that are still plaguing me though, so I’ve been put on a very strict diet for a few weeks and then I can start to gradually add different foods back into my diet.

This is what I can eat right now:
fresh fruits and vegetables (except corn and tomatoes)
raw nuts
mainly fish (except shellfish)
moderate amounts of chicken and turkey
olive oil
unsweetened almond milk

That’s it. I’m not really whining, I would just like some suggestions for some yummy meals if anyone out these has been on a strict diet like this.

But good news! I found a treat that I love and it’s so simple. My family even likes it.

Start by cutting up bananas and placing them in the freezer. I cut each banana into about 8 slices and freeze them in separate bags. Just take one of the bags out of the freezer and place it in a blender with 8 ounces of almond milk. Blend until smooth.

You can add a little vanilla or cinnamon for added flavor, but I actually like it better without.

You can also add fresh berries. I added about 10 raspberries to this one and it was so yummy.

My brain thinks it needs a treat. Something besides a piece of fruit, so this is working for me right now. Oh, and if I have to be on this strict of a diet I better lose some weight.

So does anyone have some great recipes for me? I’ll be sharing some I figure out over the next few weeks. But they will be simple. I like simple.

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  • Comeca Jones September 15, 2011, 8:04 am

    Im going to try this with my sweetie she has lupus do you think this would benefit her?
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  • Alison Brown September 15, 2011, 9:51 am

    I have a friend who started a blog a while ago with gluten free recipes. She hasn’t posted in awhile, but she did put a lot of really yummy recipes on there. Maybe you could find some things on her website that you could eat. It’s good luck!

  • Cindy C September 15, 2011, 12:38 pm

    I was diagnoised with Grave’s Disease in 2001. Since my thyroid was over-active by about 3 times normal, we decided that the best treatment was to kill it with radiation. Took two tries, but I think it was finally accomplished. I had heard that if you get one autoimmune disease, you have a high risk of getting at least one more. My fear is lupus. I have been tested several times for that and it has always come back negative. I hope you do lose weight (if that is what you want to do). I have seen so much on glueten-free lately that it should be easier to find recipes and products now than even a year ago. Lots of luck in your new adventure.

  • Sue September 15, 2011, 7:34 pm

    If you google Penzey’s black bean quinoa salad and click on the link for Joy Mandels salad it should take you to a Penzey’s catalog. Scroll down to page 31 or 32 to find the recipe for a salad that you should be able to adapt to your temporary diet. It’s pretty yummy.

  • Marissa Hardinger September 17, 2011, 6:20 pm

    Alison! You’re right! I do need to get some recipes and menus up and going again. Thanks for posting my link!

    I have Hashimoto’s too! That’s when my blog kinda started as well. Hope it helps! Keep it up!


  • Best of luck in this challenge. Your shake looks delish! Thanks so much for linking it up to Fab Friday.

    Warmly, Michelle

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