Tuesday

Immune Boosting Smoothie



I'm on a smoothie kick these days because I'm trying to find healthy breakfast options that are fairly quick to make. I love the flavor combination of this one and since it helps boost your immune system it's a great smoothie to work into your wintertime meal plan.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 t. Spirulina (this is GREAT for you but it's important to choose a brand that is organic and third party tested. I like this one.)
  • 1 c. fresh squeezed Orange Juice 
  • 1/2 c. frozen organic blueberries
  • 1 handful of gogi berries (Don't skip these! They add a lot of nutrition but also really make the flavor fantastic!)
  • 2 bananas
  • 3 spoonfuls of yogurt (we use a dairy free option)
  • 1 t. chia seeds (These are great for fighting cancer and are also high in Calcium and Fiber.)
  • 1 T Flaxeeds (Very good for your health!)
  • ice (after adding the above ingredients, fill the Vitamix to the top with ice)

Blend all of the ingredients together until you get a great consistency (probably around 20 seconds). Enjoy!

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4 comments:

calamity jane said...

Sounds good! I do a similar one, but without the OJ (although sometimes I do use a whole orange though - my bod can't take the juice w/out the fiber) and sometimes a large handful of greens instead of the powder.
What kind of yogurt do you use?

becky@purposefulhomemaking.com said...

We use a coconut yogurt. I think it's So Delicious. The only thing I'm not super comfortable about it is that it has caraneegan...(sp?) I believe...I haven't found a definite answer on whether or not it is a carcinogen...Do you know?

calamity jane said...

I am not sure about that ingredient either! I'm still trying to figure it out...so we avoid it for now. But it's in so much stuff! (Including my favorite almond milk, wah ;) Although the main thing Andy avoids that has made a HUGE difference is refined sugars, including concentrated fruit juices. (Raw honey, maple syrup, organic coconut sugar ok in small amounts.) And replacing with nutrient-dense vegetables (including powerful cancer fighters like raw turmeric - we eat a thumbnail-sized piece a day) and foods rich in EFA's. I love that you are putting healthy recipes in your site! :)

becky@purposefulhomemaking.com said...

Yes, I've read different things about it but if we do have it it's not that often. I don't think the WF Almond milk has it...pretty sure I checked that. I hope it doesn't because that's what we use. We also use this coconut milk: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001HTJ2BQ/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B001HTJ2BQ&linkCode=as2&tag=purposehomema-20&linkId=A4GYYUYRS5A6CP2W

The can is BPA free as well. :)

Agree about the sugar! I'm even trying to cut back on my maple syrup and honey. :)

I didn't even know you could buy turmeric raw! I'll have to look into that. I've been slowly trying to include it in recipes (but in powdered form).

As for EFA I try to eat a spoonful of coconut oil every day although I have to eat it w/a few Enjoy Life chips. :)Plus CO has the CLA in it!

Thanks! As you know, I'm on a food revolution journey around here and I enjoy coming up with new healthy recipes as I learn more and more. :)

Praying for you both!

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