Fight Cold & Flu With Smoothies
I realized this year that I don’t really get sick. If I do, it is maybe every other year and because my husband caught something that I am surrounded by for a week and then I get infected. However, even at times he is sick, I don’t catch it. There are some people that I noticed get sick quite often in my circles, but they seem to have a lot of physical issues in general. One of the things that separates us is what we eat. While I incorporate fresh fruits and vegetables into my diet, they do not tend to.
Then I got to thinking, why don’t I get sick as often as my husband? He eats lean meats and does eat a decent daily serving of vegetables. What separated us was my smoothies. I drink a lot of smoothies that I make at home and he hates them. Like really hates them. It’s not that he hates smoothies in general, he just doesn’t like mine because I add in vegetables. If we go to Jamba Juice or Pinkberry, he’s all over those. I started to wonder if my smoothie habit is what is keeping my immune system up and strong. While I’m not doing tests and can’t 100% guarantee that this is the reason why, I know that I am going to keep making them and drinking them.
Try adding them into your routine on a regular basis and see if they work for you!
In every smoothie, I put a vegetable(s), fruit(s), liquid, spirulina, and hemp seeds.
For vegetables I usually go with spinach or kale.
For fruit, I love adding in frozen banana. Other fruits I add in, fresh or frozen, include, but aren’t limited to: blueberries, cherries, pineapple, strawberries, mango, and pears.
For liquids: water, coconut water, almond milk, chocolate almond milk, milk, soy milk, orange juice, and carrot juice.
Other add-ons that I throw in once in a while are acai powder, oatmeal, Greek yogurt, dates, and chia seeds.
I get it though, sometimes you make a smoothie and throw in all of this crap and it tastes horrible. Below are a couple of the concoctions that I like to drink, though my husband will say otherwise.
Coconut water, frozen banana, fresh banana, spinach, and dates.
Kale or spinach, frozen banana, fresh banana, carrot juice, orange juice, pineapple, hemp seeds, acai powder, and spirulina.