tropical mango orange smoothie – Wellness Wednesday and a Dad Update

by Kristina Sloggett

in Breakfast,daily juice,daily smoothie,Gluten Free,recipes,Vegan

tropical mango orange smoothie

So many of you are asking after Dad and how he is doing (and again, we are eternally grateful for all of the support) – I know I have not really updated lately. Dad went back into the hospital after losing the ability to write (and for now, the only form of communication he had); a neurosurgeon performed a nerve study and found spinal stenosis. He had another surgery, a long hospital stay, and is now recovering and rehabbing in an advanced skilled nursing center.

Next he comes back home. Then he begins chemo again, as the cancer has returned.

Dad is as positive as ever, and settling in his private room, getting to know his nurses and which ones he can be feisty with (when learning about their call button system, he kept pushing the button to see the light go on…). As always, the nurses love him, and he is rapidly improving. Yesterday I was there all day to see his speech therapy (learning to write again and eventually talking post laryngectomy), and physical therapy (he was bookin’ it down the hallway, the therapist had to tell him to slow down, although we did eventually pass a slower patient). I love that guy.

I am still extremely hopeful we will see the other side of all this. He deserves a break, for sure. I admire his strength and resiliency, and his positive attitude and smiles are unwavering. He is an inspiration, for sure. I love that guy.

I let him know he has fans all over the world – sending positive energy and good vibes. It makes him smile, and sometimes even teary eyed.

I love that guy.


Wellness Wednesday brings me to a quick smoothie – brightly flavored and has me looking forward to warmer days and fresh fruit (and if I am honest, dreaming of an island vacation). The protein and flax stayed with me until lunch time, and the tropical fruits put a smile on my face all day. Well, that and watching Dad racing down the hall.

I love that guy.

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tropical mango orange smoothie

dairy, soy and gluten free, vegan, no added sugar

serves two

11.2 ounces coconut water (small container)
1/2 fresh pineapple, peeled, cored and cubed
2 oranges, peeled
3/4 cup frozen mango
2 scoops vanilla protein powder
2 tablespoons flax seed
1 tablespoon maca

Combine all ingredients in a high powered blender and enjoy!


Tell me what’s new in your world. and a fun joke I can share with Dad.

Happy Wednesday!


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