Recipes That Help Prevent Bruising

Wondering how to create delicious dishes that can also help prevent bruising? This section presents a whole mess of anti-bruising recipes that feature foods that are rich in vitamin C and vitamin K. Vitamin K is required for normal blood clotting, and a deficiency of vitamin K has been associated with excessive bruising. Vitamin C, on the other hand, helps prevent bruising by strengthening small blood vessels.

Melon and Green Tea Smoothie

4 servings
This emerald smoothie is not only ideal for hot summer days, but it is also a wonderful drink for people who bruise easily as it provides tons of vitamin C and a good amount of vitamin K, too.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups honeydew melon, seeded and chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups watermelon, seeded and chopped
  • 1 cup non-fat yoghurt containing probiotic bacteria, cold
  • 1/2 cup brewed green tea, chilled
  • 1 tbsp fresh mint, minced
  • Lemon juice, freshly pressed

Directions:

  • Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor and process until creamy.
  • Garnish as desired. Serve best chilled.

Apple Slices with Cinnamon

Serves 1
This easy-to-prepare dessert provides plenty of vitamin C and flavonoids which help strengthen blood vessels, thereby reduce bruising.

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium apple, cored and sliced
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon, ground

Directions:

  • Place apple slices on a small serving plate
  • Sprinkle with cinnamon and serve immediately

Carrot Fennel Cucumber Salad

4 servings
This summery salad works like magic to soothe the soul — and bruised skin. The anti-bruising effects of this salad are largely due to the vitamin C and vitamin K found in this refreshing salad.

Ingredients:

  • 6 organic carrots, thinly sliced
  • 1 fennel bulb, thinly sliced
  • 1 cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 4 Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp canola oil
  • Sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Directions:

  • Combine carrots, fennel, cucumber, and parsley in a large bowl.
  • Mix lemon juice, canola oil, salt, and pepper in a container with a securable lid. Tighten lid and shake.
  • Pour dressing over salad and toss gently.

*Individual results may vary.