Vitamin C Immune Booster Smoothie
Load up on Vitamin C the natural way and keep those colds at bay. This Vitamin C Immune Booster Smoothie not only tastes delicious but it’s chocked full of the good stuff to keep you healthy as the seasons start to change!
FIGHTING OFF SEASONAL COLDS
‘Tis the season for colds around here. Every spring one (or all) of us seems to suffer from the sniffles and/or a cough. I blame it on having school aged kids plus the weather changing so drastically. If I’m not careful, my cold will quickly turn into a sinus infection. I swear I never had a sinus infection until after giving birth. How weird is that? Anyway, I’ve learned the hard way so now I’m diligent about keeping any kind of cold or allergy flare up at bay and I load up on Vitamin C and avoid dairy if I feel like I’m starting to get something.
GETTING VITAMIN C THROUGH FOOD
It’s easy to load up on supplements- and I’m so not judgy nor do I shun supplements- it’s just that I’d rather get my vitamins from real food if I can. Smoothies are a great way to pack a ton of fruit and veggies, and all the minerals and vitamins that come in them, into a smoothie. This is my go to smoothie this time of year with pineapple, strawberries and oranges all being somewhat in season and readily available. I adore the citrus punch and my kids will happily drink it too so I consider it a win/win! So far we’ve been lucky this spring and the house has stayed cold free. Fingers crossed it stays this way!
A SMOOTHIE A DAY…
We don’t drink smoothies everyday. My kids go through phases where a smoothie is all they want in the morning and then just like that they’re over them and all they want is a warm, heartier breakfast. Now that the weather is getting warmer I foresee more smoothies in our near future. Even if I can get half a smoothie in the kids with their cereal or toast I consider that a win.
TIPS FOR MAKING THE BEST SMOOTHIE
I like my smoothies COLD so I use a mix of frozen ingredients and ice. There is no need to trim the greens off the strawberries and/or carrots- there’s a ton of nutrients in them! I also like to add a scoop of collagen powder because it’s tasteless and I like the added benefits that come along with it. This smoothie gets a nice citrus punch from the freshly squeezed lemon so make sure to include it!
What is your go-to when you’re fighting a cold?
recipe by Mountain Mama Cooks/photos by Kellie Hatcher
OTHER SMOOTHIE RECIPESPrint
- 1/2 cup fresh pineapple
- 1/2 cup fresh strawberries, stemmed and diced
- 1/2 orange, peeled and cut into segments
- 1 large carrot, cut into 1/4 inch chunks
- juice of 1/2 lemon
- 1/2 cup almond milk
- handful of ice
- Put all the ingredients into a blender and pulse until smooth. Enjoy!