Kick colds and flu bugs to the curb with this immune boosting smoothie!
Or consume periodically to prevent catching colds and the flu.
The idea for this recipe is from a fellow health and smoothie enthusiast, Amber. She tweaked this recipe she found online by adding a super cold and flu busting ingredient, garlic. I took her recipe a step further by using ginger tea instead of water and adding a little coconut oil.
Why coconut oil? In The Coconut Oil Miracle by Bruce Fife, he prescribes coconut oil for reducing the length of a cold or flu and has seen some amazing results. This is another one of the myriad uses and applications for one of my all-time favorite superfoods.
The citrus fruits in this recipe are all high in vitamin C, a known cold and flu fighter, and immune system booster. The rest of the ingredients all support your immune system and help eradicate invaders.
My girlfriend and I made this after a long hike in the snow to ensure we didn’t catch anything. It’s also looking like my new go-to drink before heading off for visits with my nephews and niece. Little kids can be buggy :)
This is thinner than your average smoothie. Add ice to thicken. However, something cold this time of year doesn’t appeal to me one iota.
A chilled version of this smoothie is more appropriate in warmer weather. Colds and the flu aren’t nearly as prevalent in the summer, but supporting your immune system is still wise. This recipe is similar to my Citrus Smoothie Popsicles recipe. You could consume chilled or freeze for super healthy Popsicles.
We used hot (not boiling, as most blenders can’t take it) ginger and turmeric tea with the rest of the ingredients at room temp, which turned out splendidly. You could consume this smoothie yourself. However, I think it’s perfect for two. Enjoy!
Cold & Flu Buster Smoothie Recipe
- 1 cup warm to hot ginger tea (or turmeric tea or both)
- 1 small orange, peeled (clementines work great too)
- 1/2 lemon, peeled
- 1/2 lime, peeled
- 1 teaspoon coconut oil
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1/4 teaspoon powdered ginger or a small piece of fresh ginger
- A dash of Himalayan salt or sea salt
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 cup strawberries
- 3-6 ice cubes (for a thicker smoothie)
Place all of the ingredients into your blender followed by the tea and blend for around 30-45 seconds or until nice and smooth.
- Calories: 208
- Fat: 5g
- Protein: 1g
- Carbohydrates: 48g
- Fiber: 3g
- Sugar: 38g
- Vitamin A: 3% RDA
- Vitamin C: 91% RDA
- Calcium: 5% RDA
- Iron: 7% RDA
What do you think of this cold & flu buster smoothie? If you tried it, did it help knock out a cold or flu, or prevent altogether? Please leave a comment below. Happy Blending!