Super C Immune Boosting Smoothie
Here’s a delicious and simple immune boosting smoothie that I’ve been making at home over the last few weeks. I find it helps revitalise my body when I’m a little stressed and run down with work and it’s a smoothie I can easily make ahead of time and pop it in the fridge when I get to work. I’ve used oranges in this recipe - you can also use pineapple and it works really well. I’m a huge a fan of ginger and turmeric – the best natural anti-inflammatories you can get, and I love to add them to many of the vegetable and fruit based smoothies and cold pressed juices that I make at home.
What’s Great About It:
Citrus such as oranges, mandarins, grapefruit, lemons and limes are an excellent source of vitamin C which helps maintain the body’s defence against bacterial infections. Citrus has a unique type of fibre that, in studies, appears to dramatically reduce cholesterol. Carrots contain vitamin A precursors called carotenoids (Beta carotene) that help promote vision and support a healthy immune system. Ginger is packed with an impressive list of health properties and scientifically shown to have potent antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties, ginger also helps to boost immune function and combat cellular damage. Curcumin is the active ingredient in Turmeric, which gives it the distinct and vibrant yellow colouring. Curcumin has potent anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, anti-bacterial, detoxifying and gastrointestinal health properties, which have been linked to the prevention of cancer cell growth and management of inflammatory conditions such as arthritis, asthma, eczema and inflammatory bowel disease. Turmeric is a nutritional powerhouse, rich in manganese, zinc, B group vitamins and iron. Try adding a 1/4 teaspoon of fresh grated or dry turmeric to your next juice or smoothie.
1 whole carrot – washed but not peeled
1 whole orange, peeled
1 cup ice
1 small slither ginger
1 cup filtered water
1 teaspoon chia seed
1 teaspoon turmeric – ground or fresh
1 teaspoon natural immune support
Combine all the ingredients into a good high performance blender – I use my Vitamix.
Blend until combined.
Serve in a large glass and enjoy
- Add a pinch of cayenne pepper to boost anti – inflammatory properties.
- Add a wedge of red papaya which is rich in vitamin C + beta-carotene to help boost your immune system.
- Use mandarin or pineapple in place of the orange.
- Add a splash of kombucha before blending for a boost of natural probiotics.
- Use 1 fresh young coconut + flesh in place of water to boost hydration and anti-viral properties.