Have you changed up your routine at all, in light of the coronavirus news coverage? Honestly, I have not. I'm treating this time period much as I would flu season...which isn't actually different than any other season. Washing my hands, hydrating, and minding my own business is my everyday M.O. so I guess, right about now, it pays to be a homebody and introvert. 🙂 Another regular part of my routine is loading up on immune supporting foods and supplements. I rarely get sick and am not necessarily citing my diet as the reason but taking in good stuff can't hurt, right? Today, I'm letting you in on a particularly delicious immune boost smoothie I love to sip on any old time but especially after I travel and when the folks around me seem to all be stuffy, coughy, and sneezy. Which is basically now. It takes less than five minutes to make and only calls for six easy ingredients that you likely already have on hand.
We tend to focus on immune support very heavily during cold and flu season but it's truly important every day. For me, I am especially mindful of when I travel and want to ensure I'm doing and eating the right things before, during, and after a trip to support my immune system. So this immune boost smoothie was a no-brainer for me that happens to be right on time for current events. Is your mind blown that people seem to only just now be focused on washing their hands? It's such a simple thing right that has a big impact. That's how I feel about taking in the right foods. You can only go so far on junk--and that's not judgement because I LOVE things like Oreos and Icees. But balance is key. So take care of yourself. Give your body the best chance against all the mess flying around out there. Decline your co-worker's high five. Because he probably didn't wash his hands. Sip this immune boost smoothie and mind your business. Now, what's in it, you ask?
Immune Boost Smoothie Ingredients
- Orange Juice is obviously high in vitamin C and provides the perfect liquid base for this immune boost smoothie.
- Greek Yogurt supplies probiotics, which help maintain healthy gut balance. Gut health is vital to overall immune system strength.
- Frozen Cherries (or Dark Berries) provide natural sweetness and the frozen texture eliminates the need for ice. The anthocyanin in cherries and flavonoids in dark berries can help support a strong immune system.
- Ginger is full of vitamins, antioxidants, and known to help kill cold viruses.
- Spinach is also rich in vitamin C, antioxidants, and beta carotene, which are thought to help fight infections.
- Turmeric has strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
I'm all about making things easy and prepping your immune boost smoothie in one of these frozen smoothie packs will do just that. Also, this golden milk and blacker the berry smoothie are immune-boosting faves you should try, too. Thanks for reading!
- 1 cup orange juice
- ½ cup Greek yogurt
- handful fresh baby spinach
- 1 cup cherries or dark berries frozen
- 1 one-inch piece ginger peeled
- ½ teaspoon ground turmeric
Add all ingredients to a blender and pulse until liquified and uniform (about 30 seconds).
Pour into a glass and enjoy immediately.