This bright and cheerfully colored, not to mention delicious, smoothie is just what we need as we get into winter and want to fight off the cold bugs that come with it. It serves loads of Vitamin C, ginger, and turmeric which are great to help ward off the dreaded colds and flu that are rife throughout the season.
Regular consumption of these three nutrients can work wonders. While you may not avoid colds altogether, if you regularly include these in your diet colds may only last a day or two instead of a week or more.
If you don’t like turmeric in your smoothies add it to your main meals – but add it! And don’t forget the pepper which is required to help your body absorb the curcumin. This is a substance found in turmeric that may also reduce swelling and help ease the pain and inflammation associated with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. (I never cease to be amazed at the health benefits found in the food we eat.)
How sweet your smoothie is will vary according to how ripe the fruit you use is. If you prefer your smoothies a little sweeter, then add a teaspoon or two of raw honey and enjoy its extra health benefits. If calories matter to you, then honey is about 21 cals per teaspoon. So go easy on it, as a heaped teaspoon of thick honey may really measure a tablespoon and your 21 calories suddenly become 64 calories!
Tip: Don’t automatically add honey or maple syrup. Always try to use ripe fruit, then taste your smoothie and decide if you really do need it sweeter. It is surprising how quickly our tastebuds adjust, so with just a little perseverance you will not need it.
The recipe is from Ashley at CookNourishBliss who says …
Now, I typically make smoothies with various fruits and greens, but lately I’ve been switching things up with other veggies. Because we all need some variety in our lives, yes?? …
The carrot, orange and mango make it a great source of vitamin A, vitamin C, and beta-carotene (among others), which all help keep your immune system healthy. AND you get the added little boost from some fresh ginger, which always seems to help whenever I’m feeling a little under the weather.
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