Mamas, I’ve got the immunity boosting smoothie you need. Moms don’t get to take time off from “momming” when we’re sick. Our best strategy is to prevent illness from happening in the first place. It’s only September, but my boys have been hit with colds and croup. I’m happy to say my diet, 9 pm blue-haired bedtime and frequent hand-washing routines have kept me in the clear.
It’s tempting to throw money at popular supplements like elderberry or garlic. But, evidence would show it’s our overall diet that matters. Meal patterns which include fiber-rich foods, probiotics and colorful produce is key. No ONE food or drink should be touted out as the immunity superfood. The key is to regularly include a variety of nutrient-dense foods.
Immunity Boosting Smoothie: Turmeric, Apricot, and Ginger Kefir Drink
Kefir milk is one of my breakfast staples due to the large number and variety of good bacteria (probiotics) it contains. In particular, Lactobacillus kefiri is protective against infections and can inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria.
Outside of the fact that I love all things ginger, ginger root supports our immune function. Ginger stimulates respiratory cells to secret anti-viral proteins. These proteins inhibit mucous production and clears up congestion.
Turmeric is a potent anti-inflammatory spice that contains curcurmin. Curcurmin supports our immune system and helps our body defend itself.
Apricots are a good source immune-boosting vitamin C, carotenoids, antioxidants and phytonutrients. I included love the natural sweetness and fiber this dried fruit adds to the smoothie.
SO, good luck, parenting friends! May this drink and all your other healthy food choices give you the energy, immune support and nutrition you need to conquer the upcoming cold and flu season. I’ll keep the recipes coming…
Add all ingredients to a blender. Blend until creamy. Serve immediately.
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Jennifer McDaniel is a Registered Dietitian, Media Spokesperson, and co-author of Prevention's Mediterranean Table Cookbook. She and her team of Registered Dietitians aim to help their clients go further, make change last, and unlock their potential. She lives in St. Louis, MO with her husband, and three young sons.
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