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Cold And Flu Figther Smoothie

January 10, 2016

Happy Sunday!

Ending 2015 and kicking off 2016 with a cold was not something that Tore and I planned!  But, with the whole family getting sick, we were bound to get sick as well. This week things are finally looking a bit healthier for us. Since I love a good green smoothie, I decided to adapt my usual protein-rich recipes for a cold & flu fighting combo. Plus, when you’re feeling a bit under the weather and weak, an easy to make smoothie can be the perfect snack. I love that it takes me less than five minutes to prepare it.

Here’s my game plan:

Bananas provide the body with energy, which is something we are lacking when sick.

Kale is a great source for fiber and vitamins while the citrus fruits provide a vitamin C kick. I include the orange peel because it contains 4 times more fiber than the fruit itself and it has anti-inflammatory properties.

I believe it is best to avoid dairy when you are sick since it encourages mucus production. Hence, the almond milk.

Ginger and turmeric are also amazing additions to your diet, specially when you have a cold. They are both anti-inflammatory, antiseptic (kills germs) and rich in antioxidants. When using turmeric, always remember to add a dash of black pepper so that it can be better absorbed. Ginger specifically contains chemicals called sesquiterpenes, which target upper respiratory viruses, AKA the common cold. You can read more about this subject here.

Manuka Honey is antiviral, antibacterial, antimicrobial and anti-fungal and just plain awesome in my opinion. It tastes so amazing I could eat some every day and I would if the price was not so damn high.

I’m not a doctor (in medicine, at least) this is just what works for me.

A drink for your health, bottoms up! 

cold&flu smoothie

Cold and Flu Busting Smoothie
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Prep Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 frozen banana, sliced
  2. 1/2 orange with peel
  3. 1 clementine (or use whole orange)
  4. 2 kale leaves without the stalk
  5. 1/4 tsp. raw turmeric, sliced
  6. 1/4 tsp. raw ginger, sliced
  7. Dash of black pepper
  8. 1/2-1 tbsp. Manuka honey (depending on how sweet you like your smoothies)
  9. 200 ml almond milk (or milk of choice)
Instructions
  1. Add everything to a blender and blend until smooth.
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