• Healthy Hoboken Girl: Immune Boosting Smoothie {Recipe}

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    With the weather’s instability from hot to cold and back again, we need to infuse our bodies with healthy foods to boost our immune system and protect us from illness. This smoothie recipe is packed with nutritional powerhouses like pumpkin seeds and goji berries, and it’s full of anti-oxidants, fiber, vitamin C, protein, iron, potassium and beta-carotene to keep you happy and healthy. Incorporating more real foods into your diet will provide you with all the energy you need to stay motivated, work hard and enjoy life. So next time someone sneezes or coughs in your direction rest assured your body is protected. Drink up! Here’s to you and your health:

    immuneboostsmoothie

    This recipe is just a starting point. Feel free to add what you like and create a real food blend that tastes great and makes you happy.

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    Glowing Green Immune Boosting Smoothie

    Serves 2 mason jar size servings

    Ingredients:

    2 huge handfuls of spinach (about 3 cups)
    1 ripe banana
    1 orange
    1 cup of filtered water or non-dairy milk (or a mix of half & half)
    ½ cup frozen fruit blueberries, mango, or pineapple
    1-2 tablespoons of goji berries*
    1-2 tablespoons of pumpkin seeds*

    Method:

    Blend all ingredients in a high-powered blender until smooth. Pour into two glasses and enjoy.  Add/blend in ice, if desired

    *Chef’s Note: I usually soak my goji berries and pumpkins for about 10-20 minutes, if I have time. This rehydrates the berries/seeds and studies have shown they are easier for the body to digest if soaked.

     

    What are your favorite ingredients to boost your immune system?


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    Lynda Layng is a Certified Holistic Health Counselor who empowers individuals to make positive lifestyle changes through one-on-one health and nutrition counseling, whole food cooking instruction, corporate workshops, public speaking engagements, and programs designed to support and facilitate change to a healthier life. She is also the writer and founder of the healthy living blog healthyhobokengirl.com. Lynda has been in the fitness, nutrition and health space for over eight years and has contributed her recipes to many online publications as well as tested recipes for cookbooks and magazines. After caring for and losing both her parents to cancer and heart disease, she is passionate about preventative health and lifestyle choices. Today she finds so much joy in sharing her love of cooking with others and helping them learn to eat more real food.