An immune boosting banana orange smoothie made with fresh ginger and turmeric that will help your body stay healthy during the cold and flu season.
Bring on the healthy banana orange smoothie! This is seriously so dang simple, and it has amazing ingredients that will help boost your immune system during these final cold and flu ridden months. I recently posted a ginger and lemon tea recipe, but this is fairly similar and I figured I would just combine the two! There are a few reasons why this smoothie kicks ass:
- Bananas: contain fiber for better digestive health and potassium, an electrolyte
- Citrus (tangerines used here): Vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant to help fight those pesky free radicals! Also contains fiber, folate, and potassium.
- Ginger: contains anti-inflammatory compounds which help with nausea and sore throats
- Turmeric: incredible anti-inflammatory properties
- Lime: additional vitamin C
I will be the first to admit that I honestly full-blown hated ginger until about 2 months ago. The taste and smell would remind me of being pregnant and the “morning” sickness that I had, which for me was really an all-day affair that made me bed-ridden for the first three months of both pregnancies. I’m trying to be more open-minded and a lot less stubborn with how I treat myself and my health (I’m sure if my husband is reading this he’s rolling his eyes because he knows how damn stubborn I am). I’ve realized that as I get older, it takes a lot more to make me feel better when I’m sick, and that I need to really appreciate my body and keep it as healthy as possible, even if that means taking tinctures that taste like death and adding ginger to my smoothies. I even put extra ginger in this smoothie to help boost my immune system, but you can easily adjust the amount of each ingredient to your liking. You can substitute the lime juice for lemon juice, add in some honey, and even use frozen bananas to make this sweeter.
I also make a Echinacea tea with ginger and turmeric when I have a sore throat, which I’ve had for the past week. It definitely helps soothe the pain, and also helps support my immune system. You can add raw honey in the tea if you use honey, or omit it and use a different sweetener if you want.
For the tea:
Boil about 2 cups of water with a one inch knob of fresh, peeled ginger and 1 teaspoon of fresh turmeric for 5 minutes. The water will start to change color and this is the water that you’ll use to brew whatever tea you choose. In a mug, add the tea bag and the water, plus another teaspoon of fresh ginger and one teaspoon of fresh turmeric, 1 tablespoon of raw honey and the juice from half a lemon. Let your tea steep for 5-10 minutes, depending on what kind you use and enjoy warm. Drink a few times a day to help with sore throats!
What are your favorite things to eat and drink when you’re sick?