You might think smoothies are just for warm weather, but I wanted to share my secret weapon against colds and flu that I've been using with my kids, almost every day this past month! They think it's a special treat when they get home from school. It's my way of sneaking in good probiotics for a healthy gut and lots of good vitamin D and C which helps their immune system fight colds! It also tastes just like the expensive smoothies I used to buy occasionally at Central Market, but now I just make at home:
In a blender, combine:
2 huge serving spoon size dollops of Plain natural live yogurt (this is the real stuff with Acidophilus & Bifidus probiotics)
(OR: substitute Plain Kefir, which is a yogurt drink) This usually is about 4-6 oz. in the blender.
About 5-10 oz of frozen mango (or any frozen fruit of choice...my favorite is blueberries!)
1 banana (this really gives it the sweetness kids love plus it's very high in potassium)
About 3 oz of orange juice (I just eye this)... more good vitamin C! Make sure yours has no sugar added.
Blend until really smooth and stick a straw in it. My kids LOVE this. They never guessed that I don't add sugar. Sugar actually is an immune-weakener. It promotes inflammation. But fruit sugar from whole fruit causes a lower glucose response (just make sure there's not too much orange juice... I suppose real orange slices would be better!). Did you know that berries cause the lowest glucose/insulin response of all fruits? And blueberries, raspberries and blackberries are high in antioxidants-- those great molecules that fight free radicals which damage the life-giving cells in your body. I know-- too much science when you just wanted to enjoy something delicious!
So, I hope you try our secret weapon to avoiding colds and flu this winter season!