Catherine’s Immune-System Boosting Smoothie
I don’t drink a lot of smoothies in the winter, but this one has been on repeat for me since last fall when the cold season came around. With the current COVID virus, I’ve ramped it up and try to consume it a few times a week!
Ginger & turmeric are both anti-inflammatory and known for their immune-boosting properties. Citrus is full of vitamin C- which should be consumed daily since the body doesn’t produce it!
I prefer fresh ginger and turmeric, and they are readily available at Whole Foods and some other grocers, but if you have trouble finding it I’m sure you could also substitute the dried spices.
I don’t measure but here’s a rough estimate of my most recent smoothie (makes two-three servings):
- 1-2 Navel Oranges, peeled (Cara Cara oranges were on sale, so I used one navel, one Cara Cara)
- 1 lemon (I have a Vitamix so I cut the ends off, and put the rest in [rind, seeds, and flesh]. If you have something other than a Vitamix/Blendtec you’ll want to peel your lemon. If you’re eating the rind you’ll want to get organic lemons)
- ~1 inch of fresh ginger
- ~1 inch of fresh turmeric (available at Whole Foods)
- ~1/2 TBS of black peppercorns (or black pepper) to help with turmeric curcumin absorption
- 1 pinch of salt
- ~1 cup of coconut water (more or less depending on your preferred thickness- you could also use water but as a hot yogi I like the extra nutrients that coco water provides)
Adjust to your tastes! If it’s too potent for you, you could add a little bit of honey, stevia, another orange or your preferred sweetener! I find that the coconut water typically adds enough sweetness for me but ginger can be pretty potent if you add too much.
Put all ingredients into your blender and blend until it’s your desired thickness. For my Vitamix, this takes ~30-60 seconds.
This will stain your blender if you leave it in the plastic (oops), so I recommend glass containers if you care!