During cold and flu season, eating the right foods and drinking the right drinks can put your immune system in a better position to help prevent you from getting sick. As of February 1, 2013, 48 out of 50 states in the U.S. reported widespread flu outbreaks. This cold fighting smoothie recipe is one of my go-to drinks whenever I feel a cold coming on.
Let’s break down each of the ingredients and briefly talk about why they’re effective for fighting colds:
Berries: Berries like blueberries and strawberries have some of the highest antioxidant levels of any fruit or vegetable. This means your body is better equipped to fight off toxins and free radicals that can contribute to conditions like colds and the flu.
Cherries: Cherries are high in vitamin C and can help reduce inflammation in your body. And they may relieve pain better than aspirin!
Spinach: A 2011 study found that mice that ate more green, leafy vegetables like spinach produced more disease-fighting white blood cells.
Green tea: Green tea is one of the best things you can drink to prevent colds and flu. Green tea is loaded with antioxidant and anti-viral compounds that helps your body fight off infection.
Carrots: Carrots are high in the vitamin beta-carotene, which is important for helping you maintain a strong immune system.
Combine all these ingredients together with a bit of honey and you have a powerful cold fighting smoothie! Plus it’s low in calories (133), has zero fat, and is high in fiber (6.5 grams). Talk about a win-win!
Here’s the recipe …
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Ingredients: Cold Fighting Smoothie Recipe
- 1 cup frozen strawberries
- 1 cup frozen blueberries
- 1/2 cup frozen cherries
- 1 cup spinach
- 1 bag of green tea
- 1 T honey
- 1 carrot
Cut open bag of green tea leaves. Combine with all other ingredients in a high-powered blender (I use a Vitamix). Blend on high for 30 seconds and serve.
133 calories, 0 g fat, 34 g carbs (6.5 g fiber), 1.5 g protein, 39 mg sodium