Before I talk about the smoothie today, I have disappointing news. This morning was my daughter's appointment at the Children's hospital to discuss the MRI results. There is enough inflammation in her left jaw and they want to treat it by adding a biologic medication to her treatment or doing an injection in the site. Both come with pro's, con's and of course the side-effects. I wish someone would just tell us what to do.
I am part of a group on FB called "Alternative Therapies for JIA Discussion Group" and there are a number of parents who have treated their child's arthritis only through diet and supplements. I am scared to do this as I know the doctors at the hospital don't believe that diet has anything to do with it. I don't want to essentially 'go against' what they say and try something alternative in the case that it doesn't work, or the situation is worsened, and I have to go back to them saying that 'my way didn't work and now I am open to trying yours'. We are going to need some time to think it all through and come up with a plan. For now though, I am just bummed. The rest of her body has responded so well to her medication; it's just that silly jaw. So very disappointing.
So....back to the smoothie....today I tried "pear berry nutmeg" but I have to laugh because it didn't include pear or nutmeg. The recipe does say that you can sub mango in lieu of pear and so I did because my pear just didn't seem ripe enough. And while pear and nutmeg go well together, I wasn't sure just how mango and nutmeg would go, so I simply left it out. We could basically rename this to: Mango Berry.
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Pear Berry Nutmeg - *** (3.5 stars!)