3 delicious, immune-boosting smoothies to try this winter
Winter is creeping its way in which means one thing - flu season! One of the worst things about the colder seasons is that colds and flu are almost inevitable. There are some ways to fight it though - to start, try these immune-boosting smoothies, they’re tasty AND healthy!
One of the worst things about winter is the dreaded sniffles, sore throats and runny noses. As the change of season makes its way in, we have to be more conscious of our health and find ways to keep healthy. Statistically, you’re more likely to get sick in winter than any other season but there are small things you can do to boost your immune system to avoid getting sick (and we don’t mean living your life in a bubble).
Why do we get sick in winter?
We all know that we’re more likely to get sick in winter but why?
Well, here’s a little surprise for you - it has very little to do with the actual weather. It has everything to do with the germs that are causing you to get sick in the winter. The common cold is caused by a number of different viruses, which are more active in spring and autumn and the flu is caused by various strains of the influenza virus, which are more active in the winter.
The cold temperatures also allow the virus to survive for a longer period outside of a human body.
It might be more likely to get sick during the colder months but there are ways you can strengthen your immune system so that you don’t end up using a full box of tissues in one sitting. For starters, you can choose foods that help your body fight illnesses, like a vitamin and nutrient-packed smoothie!
Try these 3 smoothies to have your body fighting those nasty viruses.
The Green Juice
Now we know you might have seen a celeb or an Instagram influencer sipping on a green smoothie in one of their stories but there is a method to the madness. This Green Juice smoothie is packed full of amazing nutrients to strengthen your immunity and it only takes 5 minutes to prepare!
1 cup roughly chopped spinach and kale, packed tightly
1 1/2 cups Unsweetened Almond Milk (if almond milk isn’t your thing, you can switch it out for the milk of your liking)
1 1/2 cups frozen mix of mango, pineapple, and kiwi chunks
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
1/2 lemon, juiced
- Add the spinach and kale to a blender with the almond milk and blend well.
- Add the frozen fruit, ginger and lemon and blend until smooth. If the smoothie is too thick, add more almond milk 1 tablespoon at a time.
Here’s a tip!
If using fresh fruit instead of frozen, reduce the almond milk amount to 1 cup and slowly add more until the smoothie is at your preferred thickness. Or, add 3-4 ice cubes before blending.
The Cold Buster
The name sounds a little more hectic than this smoothie really is. In all honesty, it’s just jam-packed with vitamin-c and we all know that vitamin-c is the magic vitamin to fighting the flu. It doesn’t hurt that this smoothie is irresistibly delicious. A little extra information that you may not know but peaches contain a lot of vitamin-c (be sure to keep that one under your hat the next time you need an ice-breaker).
295ml Orange Juice
120ml Peach Greek Yoghurt, frozen
1 cup Strawberries, frozen
1 cup Peaches, frozen
1/2 cup Pineapple Chunks, frozen
A handful of Ice Cubes
Blend all ingredients until smooth (it’s pretty obvious but you never know).
Serve immediately and enjoy the healthy goodness!
The Turmeric and Mango Tango
Did you know that turmeric has high antioxidant and anti-bacterial properties that help reduce the symptoms of cold and flu? Mango is packed with vitamins A and C. Vitamin A plays a role in immunity, and vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant.
1 cup almond milk (you can use another type of milk if this one isn’t your fav)
1 large ripe banana
1 large orange with the rind removed
A centimetre and a half of peeled fresh turmeric or about 1/4-1/2 Tablespoon turmeric powder
1 cup frozen mango chunks
Add the ingredients to a high-speed blender starting with the liquid/soft ingredients and finally adding the frozen (hard) mango chunks. Add more liquid if the smoothie is too thick.
Blend the smoothie for 40-60 seconds, until smooth.
Give these smoothies a try for a tasty breakfast or snack that will keep you healthy this winter. You can also take a look at this blog for other tips on how to strengthen your immune system naturally.
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