Immune-boosting smoothie recipe

Friday, 28 June 2013

Smoothie recipeJuicing your raw fruit and veg is a great way to meet your daily quota, and helps boost your immune system during the winter months. Souping up your regular veggie juice with immune-boosting nutrients will fend off colds and flus and help you recover quicker from winter ailments.

Super C Vegetable Juice
3 baby marrows
1.5 yellow peppers
1 cup cucumber
1.5 cups spinach
1 cup broccoli
4 sticks celery
1 square inch ginger
0.5 green chilli, deseeded
2 apples
Handful strawberries

Put through your juicer, refrigerate and enjoy. Keeping your ingredients in the fridge beforehand means you’ll have a cold drink to enjoy instantly.

Yellow peppers beat green and red ones with the highest content of vitamin C. Strawberries and spinach are also excellent sources of the nutrient, far surpassing the vitamin C content found in apples and oranges.
Ginger and chilli will add a slight – but not unpleasant – kick to your veggie juice, and a nutritional one as well. Ginger is a natural anti-inflammatory, rich in vitamins and minerals, and is a great digestive aid as well. Chilli adds another punch of vitamin C, and will help clear sinuses from the effects of colds and flus.

Oat and Fruit Power Smoothie
1 cup strawberries
1 banana
¼ cup raw almonds
½ cup rolled oats
1 cup fat-free plain Greek yoghurt
1 teaspoon honey
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ cup fat-free milk
5 ice blocks

Blend the ingredients together and enjoy.

Almonds and yoghurt provide natural proteins; almonds are also a good source of healthy fats, whilst the yoghurt provides probiotics – very important during the winter season.
Honey is a powerful antibacterial agent, and cinnamon can dramatically lower blood pressure. Together, they will also add a comforting warmness to your smoothie, ideal for a chilly winter morning.

Written by
Lisa Raleigh
TV personality, Author, Lifestyle and Wellness Expert
www.lisaraleigh.co.za
lisa@lisaraleigh.co.za
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Fitness and lifestyle expert, Lisa Raleigh, has been an exercise specialist for more than a decade. Known for her television roles as the winning team trainer on SA's The Biggest Loser, fitness guru on Michael Mol's Hello Doctor as well as the health and wellness consultant on SABC 3's daily morning show, Expresso, Lisa is fast becoming South Africa's unofficial face of wellness and healthy living.

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  1. Ayanda Mkhize

    I will give these smoothies a try!

    3 years ago •

  1. Lah

    Oat and Fruit Power Smoothie sounds delicious!

    5 years ago •

  1. Pseudo_kate

    The veggie smoothie is a bit too intense for me. What I do though is always add a small handful of broccoli or spinach in my fruit smoothies, that way I’m getting the goodness of the greens but it doesn’t affect the taste of the fruits.

    5 years ago •

  1. Kickass

    Started drinking smoothies – yummy!

    5 years ago •

  1. Gross

    Not a fan of the veggie one but the Oat and Fruit sounds delicious – a meal in a glass is always easy fare for a busy mom like myself.

    5 years ago •

  1. Carlene

    Sounds yummy – going to try and find my ‘under utilized’ smoothie maker to try this out!

    5 years ago •

  1. Khensani

    The oats and fruit smoothie is delicious.

    5 years ago •

  1. DIVA

    Oat and fruit smoothie sounds yummy, will give it a try.

    5 years ago •

  1. RoseAngel

    I tried the oats and fruit smoothie and it does taste good. However the other one sounds just a slight gross to me so I won’t be doing that one.

    5 years ago •

  1. Miss Tee

    I am definitel having smoothies tomorrow

    5 years ago •

  1. Blaque

    Hi, I must say I was a bit suspicious about your “super c vegetable juice” but I tried it anyway… Luckily I had all of the ingredients… Not like its difficult to find… And then, when I took the first sip of the juice my taste buds tingled and my mouth had a burst of flavor, yet it was refreshing and energizing. It’s amazing how the celery complements the baby marrows… Delish!!! Thanx for your yummy recipe.

    5 years ago •

  1. hay

    will stick to the basic smoothies…not too keen on trying the veg smoothie

    5 years ago •

  1. me

    Smoothies are great for a quick meal as well as a light meal.

    5 years ago •

  1. Miss Addy M

    I LOVE smoothies. Especially pre and post workout. They are just awesome. Easy to make and easy to drink.

    5 years ago •

  1. ABeauty

    The veggie one sounds a bit unappealing! I would rather try the oat and fruit one.

    5 years ago •

  1. DIVA

    I’ve never tasted a Veg smoothie, I guess I will now.

    5 years ago •

  1. Sammy

    Fruit smoothie, Uhm Yummy!! The right ingredients for winter indeed

    5 years ago •

  1. Pannack

    Not a fan of vegetable juice but the other fruit smoothie sounds amazing, def gonna try it!

    5 years ago •

  1. Noma

    I would give the Oat and Fruit power smoothig a go..!!

    5 years ago •

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