Immune boosting green smoothie
As we head into the cooler months it's good to incorporate some simple recipes into your day to give your immune system a bit of a boost and to ward off those nasty winter bugs.....enter stage left this super green smoothie.
What's so good about it?
- Ginger and turmeric boast a range of health benefits between them: they are said to have anti-inflammatory, anti-viral and antibacterial properties, aid in digestion and boost metabolism.
- Dark green leafy veggies such as silverbeet are a great source of fibre. They are rich in vitamins A, C, K and folate and are high in calcium, iron, potassium and magnesium.
- Lemons provide a rich source of nutrients such as vitamin C, calcium, potassium, and pectin fibre. They also have antibacterial properties and contain traces of iron and vitamin A.
- Apples are high in fibre, a good source of vitamin C and, as the saying goes, "an apple a day keeps the doctor away"
Have I convinced you yet??
This smoothie is also a great choice for those of you that are looking to avoid those super sweet, heavily fruit-based smoothies. The only sweetness here is from the apple and the lemon.
I have been making this smoothie as an afternoon pick me up (when that urge for a second coffee strikes). I've found it offers a great energy hit and you can literally feel the goodness with every sip!
1 apple, chopped (I leave the skin on for extra fibre but you can remove it if you wish)
1 cucumber, chopped and frozen
1 small handful fresh mint leaves
1 handful of silverbeet, washed and chopped (or you could use any other dark green leafy veg such as spinach) ½ small lemon (I leave the skin on as I buy spray-free lemons and there is extra nutrition in the skin but you can just use the flesh if you like)
2 tsp fresh ginger
1 tsp fresh turmeric (or 1/2 tsp ground turmeric)
1½ cups water
1 handful ice cubes
Blend all ingredients together in a high powered blender until smooth. Enjoy!