I hope everyone had a happy, healthy Thanksgiving holiday. I hope you enjoyed my non-recipe posts as we were visiting my in-laws and I didn’t do much cooking.
After two days of driving, Meghan woke up this morning with a low-grade fever, no energy, and not much of an appetite. My poor sweetie pie didn’t want to do anything but lay around all morning.
This girl has never been truly sick. She’s had a few runny noses, which I contribute to teething more than any type of sickness as every time she’s had one it’s been her only symptom. She’s had a low-grade fever on a few occasions, but only for a short time and the fevers didn’t develop into full-blown sickness. I’m hoping this time will be the same and her little body will fight whatever bug has invaded her and she’ll be feeling better in no time.
If you read my breastfeeding story, you know that last winter we had breast milk in our sickness-fighting arsenal. This year, we have to look elsewhere for an immune system boost. Today I whipped up this smoothie that is packed with immune-system boosting foods–foods that will fight and help prevent sickness. It’s really light and refreshing, too. This was lunch for Meghan and me, but it could also be a great snack in between meals. Let’s take a look at the star ingredients and how they can help your body become a sickness-fighting machine:
Yogurt: The probiotics contain friendly bacteria that help strengthen our immune system.
Almond Milk: High in vitamin E, which enhances immune function (if you don’t have almond milk, use regular milk and add a handful of almonds).
Spinach: High in vitamin C, which of course plays a large role in our immune system’s functions, but also has antioxidants and a good amount of folate, which helps our body produce new cells and repair DNA.
Orange: Boosts the vitamin C amount.
Raw Honey: Raw is important here, because heated honey doesn’t have the same benefits as raw honey. Raw honey is known as an anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal food.
I know we’ll be consuming this smoothie a lot throughout the winter.
Immune Boosting Smoothie
1/2 cup plain yogurt
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
2 small navel oranges, peeled and pulled apart into wedges
1/2 green apple, not peeled, sliced
1 cup raw spinach, packed
2 tablespoons raw honey
a few ice cubes
Place all ingredients, in the order listed, into a blender. Blend until smooth and enjoy. Makes 2 smoothies.
Look at all those lovely immune-system-boosting foods!
Using the whole orange makes for a pulpy smoothie. Meghan didn’t seem to notice and it didn’t bother me a bit, but if you are a pulp-free type, you can strain this before drinking. If you have a super-high-powered blender you may not have that problem, but I wouldn’t know since my kitchen is not blessed with such a machine. 🙂
Here’s to hoping Meghan wakes up from her nap feeling much better!