School is back in session and so is cold and flu season. While I don’t have toddlers anymore, my teens sure seem to be bringing home germs and getting sick all of a sudden. Building that immune system! Among the many tools in my “stay healthy” toolkit, supporting my family’s immune system using powerful vitamin-rich fruits and vegetables is certainly at the top of the list. Moving our bodies each day, getting 7-8 hrs of sleep, hydrating appropriately and taking a handful of supplements are also part of our daily “stay healthy” goals.
I’ve made a variety of immune boosting smoothies over the years, but this is one of my current favorites to serve around here. One of my kids said it was “drinkable” (thanks?) and the other said it was “actually really good!” I consider that a win in my book.
When you’re making your smoothie, add or subtract to your liking or what you have on hand – skip the mango and add frozen pineapple. Swap chia for ground flax meal. Add a handful of kale. We don’t mind things a bit spicy around here so we are pretty generous when it comes to adding the fresh ginger.
Cheers to good health!
Immune Boosting Smoothie
A smoothie to put on repeat during the fall and winter months! Enjoy the vitamin rich fruits and vegetables to help support your immune system. If you don't mind it spicy, try adding a bit more ginger – it's delicious!
- ½ cup coconut water
- 1 orange, peeled
- ¼ cup frozen mango
- ½ frozen banana
- 1 small carrot, peeled and coarsely chopped
- ½ inch or more fresh ginger, peeled and coarsely chopped
- 1 tbsp chia seed
- 2 tbsp collagen peptides optional for boost of protein
- handful of ice cubes
Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.