Smoothies To Beat The Common Cold

green smoothieCold and flu season is upon us and you may already be feeling it! The good news? According to experts, the stronger your immune system, the less chance you have of getting sick.

So, what foods enhance your immune system you ask? A diet rich in fruits and veggies containing immune-boosting antioxidants and vitamins, of course.

Even better, you can drink your way to a stronger immune system, by gulping down one of the following smoothies, loaded with all-natural goodies sure to help you ward off the common cold and get you back on your feet.

Banana Spice Smoothie

Fresh ginger reduces inflammation, aids digestion, and helps the body naturally detoxify. The superfood concoction may also help alleviate pain from arthritis, menstrual pain and more.

(Makes 2 servings)

Ingredients

2 cups spinach
2 cups unsweetened coconut milk
3 bananas
1 piece (½-inch) fresh ginger, peeled
½ tsp ground cinnamon
⅛ tsp ground cardamom

Directions

Combine spinach and coconut milk in a blender and mix until smooth. Add the bananas, ginger, cinnamon, and cardamom and blend again.

Citrus Cold Recovery

Beets, loaded with antioxidants like vitamin C, boost the immune system. While flaxseed oil a rich source of both omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids enhances brain function and heart health.

(Makes 2 servings)

Ingredients

2 cups green cabbage
1 cups water
2 oranges, peeled
2 cups chopped pineapple
¼ cup peeled and cubed raw golden beet
Juice of ½ lemon
2 tbsp flaxseed oil

Directions

Blend the cabbage, water, and oranges until smooth. Add the pineapple, beet, lemon juice, and flaxseed oil and blend again.