Boost Your Immune System with these 5 Delicious Smoothies
A strong immune system is something that benefits everyone. Fueling your body with essential nutrients is paramount in maintaining high levels of immunity. Naturally occurring nutrients from food can help us increase our immune response to pathogens and other sources that may inhibit our body’s ability to properly defend itself.
Perfect for any-time of day, these tasty smoothie recipes with immune-boosting ingredients will help you stay healthy, increase your body’s ability to recover, and get you feeling healthier in no time.
Turmeric Mango Smoothie
Turmeric possesses antibacterial and antiseptic properties, making it an excellent ingredient to have when you’re not feeling so hot. Turmeric also helps to minimize inflammation and boost your immune system. Most people immediately think about oranges or citrus fruits when they think about fruits high in vitamin C, but mangoes offer a heftier dose of both vitamins C and A. These vitamins have long been known for their ability to increase immune defenses, and pair perfectly with the addition of turmeric in this smoothie. Frozen bananas add the chill factor, make the smoothie extra creamy, and pack in a lot of potassium. Blend these ingredients together and enjoy!
1 cup of fresh or frozen mango
1 frozen banana
2 ice cubes (frozen coconut milk, almond milk, hemp milk cubes also work)
250ml of water, coconut water, or milk of your choice
1.5 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp vanilla extract or stevia (optional)
Double Dulse Smoothie
Dulse, known also as palmaria palmata, is a powerful aid for warding off any germs you might come into contact with. A type of dried seaweed or red algae, dulse contains potassium, iron, vitamin B6 and iodine. It even has fiber and protein, which is great if you are having this smoothie or smoothie bowl as a meal.
The addition of blueberries packs a punch of antioxidants, fiber, vitamin C, potassium, and vitamin B6. Vitamin B6, also found in dulse, is a supercharged reinforcement for various systems in your body, helping your immune system function and keeping your energy levels elevated naturally. Manuka honey combines antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory goodness into this drink and adds a little bit of sweetness. Much better than artificial sugars, a little bit of Manuka honey goes a long way. If you find yourself with a sore throat, a spoon of Manuka honey is a good remedy. Whip up the following ingredients and start sipping.
1 tbsp dried dulse
1 cup of frozen blueberries
1 tbsp Manuka honey
1 frozen banana
150ml of water, coconut water, or milk of your choice
Salted Caramel Smoothie
This one may sound decadent to you, and you would be correct - it is! But feel free to have this sweet treat any time of day, your body will be grateful that you did. The inclusion of dates makes this smoothie both extra delicious and extra healthy. Dates contain a range of antioxidants, including those found in green tea.
Lemon provides vitamin C and the bananas add fiber, potassium, and benefits for digestion to your smoothie. A pinch of Himalayan pink salt will help your body get some necessary minerals and electrolytes as well. Throw in some probiotic powder to promote the growth of good bacteria in your stomach and help keep your immune system operating at full capacity.
Pro Tip: make sure your dried dates are soft. If not, place them in a bowl, pour boiling water over them, and let sit for 5 minutes.
1 cup coconut milk, or milk of your choice
5 pitted dates
2 frozen bananas
2 ice cubes
1/2 tsp fresh lemon juice
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp Himalayan pink salt
1/2-3/4 tsp of probiotic powder
Super Detox Smoothie
Spirulina is great for digestion, high in B vitamins, and is a complete protein that contains all necessary amino acids. Spirulina can help detoxify your body. Chia seeds and flax seeds provide fiber, calcium, and manganese. Cucumbers are of course great for hydration and are a good source of easily blend-able antioxidants. This smoothie is engineered to help your body flush out toxins while keeping you well hydrated.
Pro Tip: some types of green spirulina may smell a bit fishy. If this is the case for you, you can easily minimize any slight odor or taste by adding some honey or vanilla extract in the blender. Usually, spirulina has no flavor when mixed into a smoothie, but creates a beautiful, deep blue or green color.
4 frozen bananas
1/2 tbsp of blue or green spirulina
1 cup of hemp milk, or milk of your choice
1/2 of a cucumber
1 tbsp chia seeds
1/2 tbsp ground flax seed
Super C Green Smoothie
Who doesn’t love a green smoothie now and again? This one is loaded with immune-boosting ingredients, including strawberries packed with vitamin C. Avocados are an amazing addition to smoothies not only because of the health benefits but also because it makes the consistency incredibly creamy. With tons of potassium, vitamin K, and vitamin C, the avocado is a solid source of immune support. Spinach also provides high vitamin C content, in addition to magnesium, and fiber. Folate is also found in spinach and has been shown to support immune function, making this an extra high powered drink. Blend all ingredients together and enjoy!
1 cup of fresh or frozen strawberries
150-200ml of almond milk, or milk of your choice
3 frozen bananas
2 cups of spinach
1/2 tsp of cinnamon