TC had surgery last week and has been drinking all the smoothies. While I haven't made this one for him yet, here is the pineapple-loaded smoothie I plan to make for him.
Why pineapple? Pineapple contains bromelain, an enzyme shown to reduce inflammation. Since post-surgery care involves keeping swelling and inflammation to a minimum, this smoothie is a good way to get some natural inflammation-reducing bromelain in your system. Feel free to add a scoop of protein powder if smoothies are all your "patient" will eat.
Pineapple Power Smoothie
2 cups cubed pineapple, fresh or frozen (frozen for a thicker shake)
1 cup spinach (or kale or other leafy green)
1 ripe banana, frozen (make sure that thing is spotty!)
1 1/2 cups orange juice, coconut water, or water
Blitz to oblivion in a blender. Serve immediately.
My green smoothies always develop this "head" when left in the fridge overnight.
Other surgery recovery-related posts:
The Advice Columnist on Survival and Detox, Part 1
Dear $(6,4)@# | Cats on a Cleanse, Part 2
Poisoned, and an Antidote