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Fend off those nasty winter colds with this immune-boosting wild blueberry smoothie made with fresh ginger, green tea matcha powder, cinnamon, wild blueberries, and a frozen banana.
I like to give my smoothies a protein bump with vanilla protein powder, but feel free to omit the powder and use some local honey instead for an added sweetness.
While we normally think of oranges or other citrus fruits when talking about vitamin C, blueberries are also a great source with about 20% of your daily vitamin C needs in 1 cup.
Vitamin C is an antioxidant that helps fight infection by stimulating the production of antibodies, which are your body’s main defense against illnesses.
I’m sure most of you are familiar with blueberries (hello blueberry pancakes and blueberry muffins), but did you know there are two types of blueberries you can buy? There is are standard cultivated blueberries and then there are Wild Blueberries.
Here’s why you’ll love blueberries:
This last pint is key as antioxidants are important not just for immune health but also for boosting brain and gut health and prevent diabetes and some forms of cancer.
Ginger honestly deserves a post all to itself in order to cover all of its health benefits, but today we’re just going to focus on its role in helping fight off illnesses.
The main bioactive compound in ginger is called gingerol. This is what gives ginger its distinctive taste and smell as well as is responsible for many of ginger’s health benefits:
Matcha is a powdered, high quality type of green tea that is grown a little differently than regular green tea resulting in higher levels of antioxidants and caffeine.
It’s also been found to be more effective than regular green tea when it comes to inhibiting growth of bacteria and viruses.
In addition to also being an antioxidant-powerhouse, cinnamon’s main active component called cinnamaldehyde has been shown to help fight viral infections and inhibit growth of certain bacteria.
Additionally cinnamon oil specifically may help treat respiratory tract infections caused by fungi.
In order to keep your immune system running at full strength, it needs an adequate amount of protein, essential fatty acids, and a variety of vitamins and minerals.
Five of these vitamins and minerals – vitamin B-6, copper, vitamin C, and folate are found in bananas.
Plus, frozen bananas are the key to deliciously creamy smoothies 😉
Not just for muscle building, protein is essential for immune system health as antibodies are made of protein.
Phew, that’s a lot of nutrition-talk! But I’m always in awe at the power of food in keeping our bodies healthy and in cold-fighting shape.
So here’s a toast to a delicious way to stay healthy this winter!
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Love the addition of ginger here! Sounds like a cold buster to me 🙂
Thanks Tara 🙂 I had never tried it before and am now hooked!
Your pictures are just stunning! I love adding ginger to smoothies, especially when I have one for breakfast, it gives me just enough “zing” to wake me up and replace my morning cup of coffee.
Thanks Brynn! I haven’t tried adding ginger to a morning smoothie yet, but that’s a great idea as I’m always trying to find ways other than drowning in coffee to feel more awake 😉
Really beautiful pics! This is a great recipe given all the sickness going around this winter –
I keep meaning to try ginger in my smoothies and I keep forgetting!! Thanks for the reminder. Also, this is gorgeous.
It’s so good! Definitely add it next time 🙂 And thank you!