Superfoods aren’t necessary in our day to day routine but they can pack a powerful punch of health benefits to help our bodies overcome all sorts of health obstacles – cue the Immune Boosting Superfood Smoothie.
You probably have everything else already in your kitchen, except for maybe the camu camu powder. That one is new for me too.
For this post specifically, I’m focusing in on two very powerful ingredients I recommend having on hand this time of year for an immune system boost whenever necessary, or maybe even make part of your weekly routine and enjoy the benefits a few times a week BEFORE you start feeling sick.
That’s what prevention is all about. Lifestyle modifications that help keep you healthy, long-term.
It’s flu season – which means our immune systems are in overdrive to keep us healthy.
The least we can do is show ourselves a little love and choose to add certain foods into our diet that are known to help the immune system do it’s thing. I’ve included a super simple superfood recipe below, but first – let’s chat about the health benefits of the key ingredients in this recipe: Camu Camu & Turmeric. They used to be foreign to me too, but I’ve learned to love them.
They’re not ingredients we typically consume – but that doesn’t mean we can’t use them every now and then to give ourselves a healing, antioxidant boost. Here’s a quick recap of what I’ve learned about them and why I choose to add them to smoothies or golden milk lattes this time of year.
Camu Camu: is a powerful antioxidant and immune booster, derived from a cherry type fruit from the Amazon region. It’s one of the highest sources of Vitamin C I know of. One serving (one teaspoon) contains up to 682mg Vitamin C (that’s more than 10x the amount of your average orange.) Start with a small amount to get used to the “tart cherry” like taste. This recipe uses only a half of a teaspoon because the tart flavor is pretty powerful (but worth it).
Turmeric: grows as a root, looks similar to ginger & is a much more commonly known ‘superfood’ as it’s the same ingredient that turns curry orange. It has been used in ayruvedic medicine for centuries to treat a multitude of ailments but is most well known as a powerful anti-inflammatory ingredient. I love blending it into coconut milk lattes at the end of a long day mixed with cinnamon and other warming spices. I’ve added turmeric to this smoothie because inflammation plays a big role in our immune system response & they work well together.
While we’re at it, let’s chat about the benefits of citrus. It’s in season right now, after all.
Oranges: according to Dr. Axe, oranges (& all of the seasonal varieties) are packed full of antioxidants, rich in fiber, enhance immunity, improve heart health, and boost brain function because of certain flavonoids. Have I convinced you to start enjoying oranges again? They’re in season, head to a local farmers market and see what new flavors you can discover. For this recipe I used a large Navel Orange and when I made it a second time I used two satsuma mandarins (they’re smaller) but so much more flavorful!
Here’s What You’ll Need for This Smoothie:
- a blender
- a banana
- any variety of oranges or mandarins
- coconut water (i use harmless harvest)
- handful of spinach
- half of a large cucumber (peeled)
- camu camu powder
- turmeric powder
- ginger root (if you like things spicy)
cheers to your health.
food can be the greatest medicine we have if we use it mindfully.
can’t wait to hear what you think! have you ever tried camu camu or turmeric in a smoothie before?