Immunity Shot & Smoothie

 

I’m sick. Very very sick! I kind of ran myself into the ground last weekend with a road trip to a family gathering up the coast, then back to LA early Sunday morning for a frisbee tournament (we won our division btw!) in the wind & cold (relatively speaking), and then to a friend’s outdoor movie screening with wet hair afterwards. Anyways, I woke up on Monday and immediately knew that my sore throat was not allergies and that I had indeed caught something. I tried to power through and went to work on Tuesday (stuuuupiiiddddd me), and by Wednesday had worsened considerably! I’ve been cooped up in bed ever since. Luckily, my parents live nearby and were kind enough to not only bring me food when I was too sick to make anything but also dropped off Snickers (the cutest, cuddliest 15 year old mini-dachshund ever) to keep me company and sleep with me all day long.

Silver lining to being sick? Snickers and I got hooked on The Great British Baking Show…have you seen it? If not, you have got to watch it. It’s amazing and so cute! British contestants have various bake offs each episode in the hope of being crowned Star Baker and not being sent home. Each episode is themed: breads, pastries, pies & tarts, cakes, biscuits, etc. For some reason, the accents and the cheeriness makes it so much cuter and kinder than American cooking shows. Also…its quite inspiring because some of their baked goods are incredibly creative. We’ll see if I end up trying anything I’ve seen on there.

Anyways, there’s a lot of stuff going around out there so take care of yourself! Whether you’re sick and need to blast your cold away or if you want to boost your immune system and prevent illness – here are two immunity boosting beverages I highly recommend! 

Lemon-Ginger Zing Shot

If you go to a smoothie bar or juice shop, they sell immunity shots. Have you seen those? When you look at the ingredients, they’re typically lemon, ginger and cayenne. These invigorating and tasty shots will give you and your immune system a healthy kick, but why buy it when you can make it? 🙂 Try it out at home and get similar results:

  • Juice of 1 lemon
    • anti-bacterial + immune boost
  • Juice of 1 to 2 in. chunk of fresh ginger*
    • anti-inflammatory + helps fight infections
  • healthy sprinkle of cayenne
    • helps break up mucus + relieve cold symptoms
  • optional: sprinkle of turmeric
    • anti-inflammatory!

*Note: If you have a juicer, I highly recommend you put fresh ginger juice into this. The zing of the juice feels great when you’re sick – I love it! However, I realize that most people don’t have juicers at home, so no worries. Just earlier this week, I had run out of fresh ginger and I used 1/4 tsp ginger powder. Mix it up well and it’ll still do the job!

Option: If you’d rather sip on a warm beverage, you can dilute this mixture with hot water and drink it like tea. It doesn’t give you quite the same kick as taking it all at once, but it’ll be soothing with a hint of spice to ease congestion. Mix well so the good stuff doesn’t sink to the bottom!

Berries & Greens Smoothie

I love smoothies. I’m not sure why but I absolutely love mixing up a smoothie, throwing it in a to-go cup and taking it with me wherever I’m headed. It feels so nice to be sipping on something refreshing and sweet while on my way to work or running my errands. I guess it feels similar to the fun of buying a smoothie from a bar while out and about, without the money and waste (disposable cup!) of purchasing it!

You know what I have realized about the benefit of making smoothies at home? Smoothie & Juice bars are severely limited in what fruits/veggies they can mix together because the color has to be appetizing. AKA spinach and carrot can never be mixed because they make a disgusting color. At home, this is not a limitation because if you know what you’re putting into the smoothie, it doesn’t really matter if the resulting color is kind of nasty.

Anyways, I mixed up anything & everything that my body was craving into this smoothie and it really hit the spot. It’s delicious & filling, and packed with vitamins and antioxidants.  Disclaimer: the combo of blueberries+strawberries+spinach makes it an unappetizing color so be warned if you’re severely turned off by that kind of thing.

  • 1/2 Banana (potassium!)
  • 1/4 cup frozen blueberries (fiber and vitamin C)
  • 3-4 frozen strawberries (vitamin C!)
  • 2 healthy handfuls of spinach (so healthy its insane)
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter (healthy fats and makes it filling)
  • 1/4 cup  coconut water (hydration!)
  • 1/4 cup almond milk (makes it creamier)
  • Optional: 1 tsp. flax powder (fiber!)

As you blend, add more coconut water/almond milk if its too thick. I ended up adding a couple ice cubes when blending to chill it even more for my poor throat!

So drink up, enjoy, and stay healthy! Also, take a page out of Snickers’ book and be sure to get a lot of sleep and rest. This week definitely taught me that there’s no other remedy as effective as giving your body rest when it comes to recovering from an illness. ❤

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