I decided to make a green smoothie. I checked in my fridge for the usual green suspects, apple, grapes, melon, a starfruit and one that I bought to make something different but...hmmm...why not use it for the smoothie... a Kiwi!
Everything was going smooth as usual, at the end I decided to trade the apple for the starfruit, since they are similar in consistency and taste! Love them! Have you had them?
Time for the flavor taste and photos and that's when everything started to go down!
Flavor excellent, consistency great, appearance awesome...but why was I feeling like It was hard to catch my breath? Ignore it, it's nothing, take pictures before light goes away. Throat itches, it's nothing, snap more pics. Lips tingling....darn it! I can't seem to be able focus and take a decent picture and I'm having a hard time breathing for real now!
Called hubs and he thought it could be an allergic reaction...but to what? "Use the pen in the cabinet and call me if you still feeling sick or call an ambulance" he said.
To make a long story short...it took me about 5 hours to have all the symptoms go away. It was an allergic reaction. and I just had not not even a 1/4 cup of the smoothie since I needed more for pics. But why? and to what? I've never had food allergies, I'm only highly allergic to Latex.
I decided to go online a do a little research and there I found it...Latex Fruit Syndrome!!! OMG!!! According to the American Latex Allergy Association " The association between latex sensitivity and food allergies is often referred as Latex Fruit Syndrome" .Some plants contain natural rubber latex to protect them from fungi and other micro organisms. The site gives a list ranking on these fruits and vegetables from High to Low/Undetermined. And guess what was among High : Kiwi!!!!
To torture myself even more I checked the symptoms of Latex Anaphylaxis that I already knew due to my condition., and they were all there: Itchy throat, tightness of throat, difficulty breathing, swelling and dizziness among others.
Yup my friends...and that was only with 3 sips...so don't you think the perfect name to this smoothie is Widower Maker? LOL...I was close...never thought for a minute something healthy could have the potential to kill me.
Other than that...it is good! Just don't add kiwi if you are allergic to Latex like me. My Latex allergy is as bad as people with peanuts allergy. The few times that I've been hospitalized there is a big sign at my door reading "Latex Allergy" just to give you an idea how close this smoothie was to really be a Dead End for me and making my Hubs a widower on the day of our Anniversary!
Thanks for listening to my 'interesting" story and sorry it was such a long post but I thought if there was a person with Latex allergies among my readers they should be aware of the fruit fact too!....It can't get any spookier than that for a Halloween Drink huh?? Hugs and remember that everything tastes better with a Pinch of Love!
Widower Maker Green Smoothie
1 Cup of White Grape Juice
1 Cup Honeydew Melon
Put everything in a blender and blend until smooth! Decorate with slices of starfruit and enjoy.
Prep Time 5 minutes Serves 2 (6 oz glasses)
Prep Time 5 minutes Serves 2 (6 oz glasses)
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