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We all know how important our health is and then sometimes you let it slip, push through too many meetings or deadlines and boom… down with a cold, or worse! It is important to take some time out of your day to prepare some foods that honour your gut. Gut health is the most important way you can look after yourself and your immunity.

If there is a cold going around, you can guarantee i’ll come down with it or catch a cold that turns to flu, my whole life, I think it is from being born into a warm country, where everything was cleaned.. a lot! Now as I see a child with a cold, i’ll get it, and as soon as the weather turns I get sick, so, I have learned a lot about gut health and immune boosting drinks to help starve off that cold at the beginning of Autumn weather. As i’m writing this sipping on a immunity ginger squash by Holly at The Health Quest - see below - delicious and firey!

You can pre-chop all the ingredients for our top 5 immune boosting smoothies and freeze them for mixing at a later date to make it really easy. They are a great way to nutrients right to the source and start to feel the benefits straight away!

They’re are so many delicious smoothie recipes on the internet but some are definitely better for your health than others. Especially when it comes to strengthening your immune system. You want to make a smoothie that is high in vitamins A, B2, B6, C, D, and E, and the minerals selenium and zinc. You also want to have a mixture of fruits and leafy greens and use organic ingredients whenever possible. Also, take in some sun if you can, vitamin D is essential for our happiness and mental health, so even when you don’t feel like leaving the house, getting outdoors is great.

Here is my round up of the best immunity boosting smoothies and best thing about them is all the methods are all the same… BLEND AND POUR! It could'n’t be simpler!

 

  1. PREBIOTIC SMOOTHIE BY VICTORIA ADAMS

Ingredients

½ Red cabbage, chopped and frozen

1 tbsp Milk Kefir or Almond Milk

100g Blueberries

¼ Banana (great prebiotic for your gut!) This can be frozen too :)

Filtered water (enough to reach your desired consistency)

 

Method

Blend and pour!

 

‘This is one of my favourite smoothies. It pretty much tastes like ice cream, that you can sip from a straw. Except it’s got red cabbage in it. Go figure. I hope you enjoy.’

Victoria Adams, super star - I love this one, it’s super filling btw.


2. IMMUNITY SQUASH BY HOLLY MYERS @ THE HEALTH QUEST

Ingredients

Chunky thumb of fresh ginger (skin removed)

2 Lemons (skin and pips removed)

200ml Water

3 tbs Raw local honey

1 tsp Coconut oil

 

Method

Blend and decanter into a bottle, make up a squash with warm water or drink a shot of it neat!

 

‘I love this drink so much, I keep it in the fridge for a quick shot for a pick me up or make it long with warm (not boiling) water if I need that warmth to my body. I make it with a little extra honey if I fancy a treat.’ Holly Myers, CHEK practitioner and Women’s Health Specialist @The Health Quest

This is one of my go-to drinks for when I need a kick, like today I can feel myself a bit achy and in need of rest - with a long drink of this working it’s way to heal and comfort. Uplifting and it just feels so good for you!


3. IMMUNE MAGIC BY ANN @ FOUNTAIN AVENUE KITCHEN

This smoothie is like the easiest one… ever! Immunity boosting citrus fruits are known to be high in Vitamin C, but strawberries, pineapple, and mango are loaded with it, too, and they taste delicious in a smoothie. The power of Vitamin C, by the way, lies in its ability to increase the production of white blood cells, which are key to fighting infections. If you are going down with a cold yourself, this is easy enough to make for you and your loved ones.

 

Ingredients

1 cup fresh orange juice

1/2 cup milk of choice* (I like coconut or almond; may substitute plain yogurt)

1/2 lightly rounded cups EACH frozen strawberries, mango, and pineapple**

1 teaspoon freshly minced ginger (or more to taste)

Optional: 1-2 teaspoons raw honey; a handful or two of fresh baby spinach; 1-2 tablespoons almond butter

 

Method

Blend and Pour!

 

‘Christian (my youngest son) loves smoothies, and when he’s sick they seem to taste especially good to him. In order to hydrate and fend off the germs simultaneously, I fill the sick-day smoothies with immune boosting Vitamin C and a few other choice ingredients.’ Ann @ Fountain Avenue Kitchen

I love this one as a foundation of ‘what I have in the fridge/freezer’ smoothie, it really is tasty - be a little careful with sugar content.


4. CHILD FRIENDLY GREEN SMOOTHIE BY SARAH MILLER, THE CONSCIOUS LIFESYLIST

So here is the recipe for the best child friendly green smoothie that I have come across and it is courtesy of my friend Jenny who runs and manages an amazing holistic health store called Energetic Health in Cobham, Surrey (highly recommend) and she is also an incredible & inspiring homeopath… good creds for great smoothie!

 

Ingredients

6-8 ice cubes

a small handful of frozen pineapple (don’t handle it though, it’s cold!)

an apple chopped into pieces

a banana

approx a quarter of a cucumber chopped into pieces

fresh lime (squeezed)

a big handful of spinach

 

Method

Blend and pour! - add some water if it is too thick.

 

‘It’s all about leading by example and it really is tasty enough & sweet enough for them to enjoy. For me it feels like a massive win if they have drunk this before they head off to school and I don’t feel so anxious about what they eat for the rest of the day because I know that they have had a good portion of goodness.’ Sarah Miller, The Conscious Lifestylist


5. WINTER CITRUS BY TIEGHAN @ HALF BAKED HARVEST

This one is slightly more complicated, but totally worth it! It’s more of a treat and has so much goodness in one glass! so though I don’t make this very often when I do, I always feel amazing afterwards! Such a treat!

 

Ingredients

1 cup frozen mango chunks

Juice of 1 lemon

1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric

1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper

3/4 cup fresh squeezed orange juice

2 teaspoons fresh grated ginger

1 small raw red beet, chopped

1 cup frozen raspberries

1 cirus orange, blood orange, or grapefruit, peeled and segmented

1/2 cup pomegranate juice or cranberry if getting too expensive

Raw local honey to taste (optional)

 

Method

Blend and Pour… separately to look pretty!

1. In a blender, combine the mango, lemon juice, turmeric, cayenne, ginger, and orange juice. Blend until completely smooth, adding more honey if needed to sweeten. Pour into a tall glass

2. Rinse the blender out. Combine the beets, raspberries, orange, and pomegranate juice. Blend until smooth and creamy, adding more pomegranate juice if needed to reach your desired consistency. Pour over the mango mixture and stir gently to swirl. Top with seeds, if desired. Enjoy!

 

‘A vibrant healer for these brutal winter months; and a truly delicious way to improve one’s immune system. Respect your health, nutrition and immunity, sometimes life takes over and you get so busy, I do, I forget the basic foundations of health, gut, rest and breath.’ Kati, Founder of Kati Kaia.

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