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Kick Start Your Immune System With This Smoothie Recipe

Updated: Dec 8, 2020



After last week’s blog all about how to avoid the cold & flu season (read it here), I wanted to give you a recipe that included as many different cold & flu-fighting ingredients as possible…and what better way to cram this all into one recipe? A smoothie of course!


Smoothies are super easy as you can throw everything in the blender and voila, you’re done! They are life-savers when you want a grab-and-go kind of breakfast that isn’t a sugary cereal bar. I love to throw together a quick smoothie in between classes or when I have to run to my team meetings. They fill me up but don’t leave me feeling sluggish like some other breakfasts make me feel.


This smoothie will not only set you up for the day, but it's also packed with all the vitamins you need to keep your immune system in the best possible condition to be able to fight off bugs going around during this time of year.


Can I switch out any ingredients? Yes, go for it! Smoothie-making is not an art form so go ahead and add or remove any ingredients you want.

Top smoothie tip: I recommend freezing some fruit for times when you don’t have fresh fruit on hand. Perfect for when you haven't had the chance to do your food shop yet.



So, what goodies are you getting out of this smoothie?

(The question should really be, what are you not getting?)

  • Vitamin C from the citrus which is known to defend against colds.

  • Fiber from the ginger, banana & oats which aids digestion & helps fight infection.

  • Beta-carotene (Vitamin A) which enhances your immune function even further.

  • Probiotics from the yoghurt which supports your healthy gut (key for immunity!)

  • Antioxidants from the turmeric, citrus, cinnamon & carrot which fight inflammation.


Bonus: In addition to its anti-inflammatory properties, the sharp zing from the ginger always helps me to wake up on dark mornings.


So what are you waiting for? Go ahead and kick-start your morning & your immune system with this fab smoothie recipe:


Ingredients


- 1 large carrot, roughly chopped

- 1 banana, peeled

- 1 tangerine or clementine, peeled

- 100ml orange juice

- Squeeze of lemon juice

- 1 tbsp ginger (fresh if you have it or ground/minced works too)

- ¼ tsp turmeric powder

- 1/8 tsp ground cinnamon

- 3 tbsp greek yoghurt

- 3 tbsp oats

- Handful of ice


Method

You know what to do – throw it all in a blender and enjoy! Simple & delicious.


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