Immune Boosting Smoothies

Immune boosting smoothie recipe

Your immune system is your body’s amazing natural defence against infections including viruses and bacteria that enter the body. We all know that the stronger your immune system is, the less chance you have of getting sick and the faster you can recover if you do.

There’s no better way to boost your family’s immunity than to feed them a diet rich in fruit and vegetables. That’s because these living foods contain a multitude of protective antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that give your immune system all the ingredients to function optimally.

However, during this time of uncertainty, we may come up against some obstacles in achieving our recommended daily number of fruit and vegetables. For example, if you’re in self-isolation, you may be running out of fresh ingredients. Secondly, you may have a fussy member of the family that resists their vegetables.

The solution…..

There’s no easier way to get around these obstacles than a smoothie. Packed with goodness in one simple drink, you can rest assured you’ve probably covered your child’s 5-a-day in one go. Not only that, but they’re fun to make, and you can tailor them to your child’s taste.

I know for sure that many must have a stash of frozen or tinned fruit and vegetables at home, because the shelves and freezers were empty at my local supermarket on Friday.

So, let’s whizz these up into something delicious

Tip/ Any fruit or veg that’s about to go off, peel and break it into pieces to be stored in the freezer for later use.

IngredientsReason
250ml milk of your choice – cow, goat, oat, almond, rice, soy, hazelnut, cashew Makes your smoothie creamy and delicious
Fruit of choice – frozen berries, mango, tinned peaches, pears, pineapple etc.Essential vitamins and antioxidants for the immune system and fibre and pectin for gut health
½ bananaContains tryptophan which boosts mood and improves sleep quality
Handful of green leafy veg e.g. spinach and lettuce tend to be mild in flavour and easy to disguise, but kale and rocket work tooHigh in minerals and iron
6 almonds or 2 tsp any nut or seed butter
e.g. peanut butter or tahini
To get your daily recommended dose of calcium and magnesium. Contains essential protein, and good fat too
2 dates or tsp of molasses Honey for over one-year olds only!High in minerals, very nourishing
1 tbsp sugar / sweetener free live cow, goat, sheep or coconut kefir/ yoghurt

Full of immune boosting beneficial bacteria
Smoothie recipe

Method:
Place all ingredients in a blender and blitz until smooth.

Alternative smoothie ideas:
Peach Melba
– tinned peaches and frozen raspberries
Blueberry vanilla – frozen blueberries and vanilla extract
Peanut chocolate milkshake – cocoa powder, ¼ avocado and a dollop of peanut butter
Pina colada – coconut milk and tinned pineapple

Have you got a favourite smoothie recipe you can share with us? Please post your ideas here…..

Published by carolinementzer

Caroline Mentzer is a Nutritional Therapist, Herbalist and Writer from Oxford, UK. Married to and Infectious Disease doctor, her blog discusses the benefits of combining holistic and conventional approaches to find unique solutions to many health and parenting challenges.

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