The immune system is our body’s most vital tool in keeping us healthy. The good news is that protecting and supporting your immune system doesn’t have to be expensive or complicated. Try our immune boosting smoothie recipe which is packed chock-full with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, to keep your immune system in tip top form. It’s also a great opportunity to sneak in some extra veg into your diet!
The low-down on the ingredients
Ginger: This vegetable (yes it’s technically a veg!) belongs to the zingiberaceae family and originated in South-East Asia. Used in many recipes across the globe, research widely documents the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of ginger. Consuming antioxidant-rich foods can help to reduce inflammation and keep your immune system healthy.
Pineapple: Pineapple is delicious, nutritious fruit with anti-inflammatory properties which can help the immune system. Used in traditional medicine for many years, pineapples contain an enzyme called bromelain which has many therapeutic properties. It’s also jam-packed full of other vitamins and minerals including vitamin A, C, E, and K – it even has calcium!
Spinach: When you think of vitamin C, you probably picture an orange! Well, it may surprise you to know that spinach is also chock-full of vitamin C, which is great for our immune system. Spinach has been hailed as a superfood for years, and for good reason. Goodies like vitamin C, vitamin E, magnesium, flavonoids, and antioxidants can help increase our immune system’s ability to fight infection. It is widely considered to be better for us when cooked as little as possible which is why using it raw in a smoothie is a great way to enjoy it and get maximum health benefits.
Lemon: There’s a good reason lemon and honey are used to fight off colds. Lemon is rich in vitamin C and has both antibacterial and antioxidant properties to help support your immune system.
Immune boost smoothie recipe
- 1tsp fresh ginger
- Handful frozen pineapple pieces
- Handful of fresh spinach (or kale if you prefer)
- Small squeeze lemon juice to taste
- Add to blender.
- Blitz for at least a minute.
- Add a small squeeze of lemon juice and taste.
- Adjust as needed, adding more of any of the ingredients to personalise the flavour to your preference.
- Add water if a thinner consistency is desired.