When it comes to avoiding the dreaded flu virus or attempting to bounce back after a bout of the flu, I typically turn to seasonal foods as a means to boost immunity during the cold winter months.
Benefits of Citrus:
It’s no surprise that citrus season peaks during the month of January, a time when winter viruses run rampant and seem to catch up to all of us at one time or another.
Citrus fruit is not only sweet and juicy but concentrated in vitamin C and bioactive flavonoids. These phytonutrients are needed for better absorption of vitamin C, thereby boosting the benefit. Nature’s perfect union!
Note: I typically add the whole fruit with some of the pith attached thereby increasing the fiber in my smoothie creations.
Benefits of Pumpkin Seeds:
Pumpkin seeds (aka pepitas) are mild-tasting and provide a boost of zinc to your daily routine. Eating foods rich in zinc during the flu season can be helpful for increased immune function.
Benefits of Turmeric and Ginger:
These are a year-round favorite in the Kelly household and often added to many of our creations. Both ginger and turmeric contain strong anti-inflammatory compounds known to help reduce pain and inflammation. Especially helpful for sore muscles, sore throats or menstrual cramps.
Cheers to a healthy 2018!
- 2 1/2 cups almond milk
- 2 frozen bananas
- 1 large orange, peeled
- 1-2 teaspoons orange zest
- 1" knob fresh ginger
- 1" knob fresh turmeric
- 2 Tablespoons raw, shelled hemp seeds
- 2 Tablespoon raw pumpkin seeds
- 1 teaspoon amalaki powder
- Optional: 1 scoop Sunwarrior Natural (no stevia or sweetener) protein powder
- Add all ingredients to a high-speed blender. Blend until smooth and creamy.
- vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free, soy-free
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