Give your immune system a boost with this Immune Boosting Smoothie! Chock full of nutrients and even a hidden vegetable, this smoothie is packed with vitamin C.
So far this winter I have been able to dodge any and all colds [knocks on wood for 5 minutes].
While that might be partially luck, I’d like to think that it also has a lot to do with my diet. Sure, Ninja eats like a 5 year old and hasn’t been sick in the entire 7 years we’ve been married, but he’s clearly some sort of freakish specimen that doesn’t have to play by the rules like everyone else [clearly I’m not bitter about it at all].
I actually haven’t been full blow sick [coughing, snot, headaches, sore throat, sneezing – i.e. miserable] since my wedding day [hmmm, maybe Ninja is some sort of freakish specimen 😉 ], but typically every year I will get at least some sort of sore throat/snot-face sickness that lasts a few days. Not enough for me to declare a real “cold” but enough of an annoyance for me to deem myself as “sickish”. Do you guys like the medical terminology within this post? Killing it, I know.
The point is – I’d like to think my fairly clean diet has something to do with all that.
Though now that I think about it all, it could be Ninja and his voodoo magic against illness.
When I lived in LA, winter’s weren’t typically something to worry about. Sure there might be a day or two of rain, but most of our “winter” days were just cloudy skies with a high of 65 degrees. Now that I live in NorCal however, winter is actually a real season.
Meaning frost on the ground, a constant state of wetness/rain and below freezing temperatures once the sun goes down.
Real winter weather means a real chance for getting sick, which is why I’ve adjusted my “winter” diet since moving. What does my new diet include? Immune boosting foods, of course! 😉
This immune boosting smoothie contains:
- red bell pepper
- coconut oil
Not a bad list of immune boosting ingredients, huh? 😉
Let’s break a few of the superstars down and talk about their benefits:
Red Bell Pepper:
- 1 medium bell pepper contains almost 170% of your RDA of vitamin C
- rich in beta-carotene which converts to vitamin A in the body
- 1/2 cup of strawberries provides half your daily need for vitamin C
- contains antioxidants that fight free radicals in the body that may lead to damage
- rich in curcumin, a powerful antioxidant that combats inflammation
- ranked #7 on the antioxidant scale of all foods, spices and herbs
- contains over 7 kinds of flavonoid compounds that are highly effective in reducing inflammation
- comprised of 50% lauric acid which is anti-fungal & anti-bacterial
- offers immediate source of fuel for the brain and body
As you can see, the ingredients in this immune boosting smoothie are powerful! And these benefits are only a few highlights of the incredible benefits each of these foods provide. I encourage you to research each ingredient to discover even more health benefits!
But if I’m being 100% honest, the real point of this smoothie was to sneak in some extra veggies.
Let’s talk flavor now because this smoothie is really unlike any other that I’ve had on this blog. Since most of my smoothies are 100% fruit based they obviously are of the sweet variety. This immune boosting smoothie is not only sweet but also subtly spicy, which I think makes for a terrific combo! The cinnamon and turmeric also provide a somewhat “warming” effect, which I can imagine would be really nice for someone who has a sore throat. I thought the flavor was amazing, but I’d prefer if you were the judge! Whip this smoothie up and let me know!
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1 banana, frozen
- 1/4 red bell pepper, sliced
- 5-6 large strawberries
- 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
- shake cinnamon
- 1/2 tablespoon coconut oil
- ice, as needed
- Place all ingredients into a high speed blender.
- Blend on high until smooth.
How do you give your immune system a boost?