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:
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.
Glowing Green Immune Boosting Smoothie
Serves 2 mason jar size servings
2 huge handfuls of spinach (about 3 cups)
1 ripe banana
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*
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?