Immunity Smoothie

Immunity Smoothie

By: Mika
Date: January 10, 2021

Immunity Smoothie

This immunity smoothie is sweet with a kick of ginger. It’s quick to make, boosts your immune system and makes enough for two!  It’s gluten free, vegan, and made with only natural sugar!

Immunity Smoothie Ingredients

Immunity Smoothie

Quick Look at Making an Immunity Smoothie:

  1. Put everything in a blender!  I like to put the liquid first, then the powders and superfoods, then the frozen fruit.  This helps to keep the powders from sticking to the sides of the blender.
  2. Blend!  And enjoy for a morning and immunity boost!

 

 

Quick Facts

How long does this dish take?  10 minutes (including clean up)

How much does this make?  2 servings, or 1 really big one

Does this meet my dietary needs?  This recipe is vegan, gluten free, and refined sugar free

How many bowls should I plan for this meal?  One blender is all ya need!

How long does this keep?  2 days in the fridge or 4 days in the freezer

Is it freezer friendly?  Yes

How do I eat this the next day?  Save this smoothie in the fridge, in the blender container.  In the morning, blend again for 30 seconds and enjoy.  To keep in the freezer, keep in the blender container also.  Leave it to sit out at room temp for 1 hour to soften, then blend for 1 minute and enjoy.

Can I pack this for lunch? Kind of…  This can be kept frozen in a jar.  To take with, remove jar from the freezer and keep in a lunch box or fridge, but not next to an ice pack.  By the time lunch comes around, it should be half melted.  Shake vigorously and then enjoy.  The reason I say ‘kind of’ is the texture becomes different when doing this, so just something to be aware of. 

Where do I find turmeric, flax seed, and coconut water?  Thankfully, all of these can usually be found at Costco, Target, Walmart, Whole Foods, or similar.  They can also be found on amazon at the following links.  Turmeric, flaxseed, coconut water

 

Substitution Options

Sunrise Frozen Fruit:  Any tropical frozen or fresh fruit can be used as long as it includes pineapple.  It can be only pineapple or pineapple with other fruit.  If using fresh fruit, add ice to the smoothie to make it nice and cold.

Banana: Avocado or frozen cauliflower can be used to create the creamy texture that a banana provides.  Avocado will alter the color.

Orange Juice: An actual orange can be used in place.  This results in the presence of pulp, just an FYI.  Water, additional coconut water, or any citrus based drink can also be used in place of orange juice.  I really enjoy this one, also found at Costco.

Coconut Water: Plain ole’ water or additional orange juice can also be used in place of coconut water.  Or, something more punchy like pomegranate juice could also be used.  I like the coconut water for the boost of hydration it provides.

Honey: Maple syrup, agave, or coconut sugar can be used.  Or, the sweetener can be left out entirely (my personal preference).

Lemon Juice: Lime juice or ginger juice can be substituted, or it can be left out.  I enjoy the sourness the lemon provides, but up to you!

Flaxseed: Chia seeds can be used instead.  They provide protein and fiber, similar to flax seeds but are more prone to get stuck in your teeth.  We love these flaxseeds and chia seeds.

Turmeric: This is a hard one to substitute.  Saffron can be used in place of turmeric, but it is even harder to track down.  Additional ginger can also be used or the turmeric can be left out.

 

Fun Fact! 

Ginger has long been known to help with nausea, but fun fact – no one knows why!  Scientists believe it may be due to gingers intense smell and flavor.  These may block certain receptors in our brain that cause nausea! (source

 

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Immunity Smoothie

This Immunity Smoothie has tangy pineapple and strawberries, spicy ginger, and refreshing coconut, to name a few!
5 from 3 votes
Print Pin Rate
Course: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cold, frozen, fruit, healthy, refreshing, smoothie, Vitamin C
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1
Calories: 508kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 each banana
  • 2 cups Sunshine frozen fruit mix (see notes below for details)
  • .5 cups orange juice can sub coconut water
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp flaxseed
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 cup ice (optional)

Instructions

  • Put it all in the blender and mix her up!
  • Pour it out, drink it up, and gain instant immunity. Just kidding, but maybe?

Video

Notes

Nutritional Information is an estimate and for informational purposes only.
*Note: substitution options can be found above in the substitution section of this post.
What is Sunshine Frozen Fruit?  
Sunshine Frozen Fruit is our favorite mix!  We find it at Costco and it is a mix of pineapple, strawberries, and mangos.  Any single one of these fruits would work great or any combo of 2 or 3 of them.  
Can I use an orange instead of orange juice?
Yes!  1 orange can be used in place and would be better for you health wise.  The reason we use orange juice, is when a full orange is added to a smoothie it is hard to eliminate the “stringy” texture of the orange itself.  This stringy texture is all that good fiber from the orange!  If you have a high power blender or use a food processor and blend longer than normal you can still get a smooth smoothie.
Is regular water ok if I don’t have coconut water?
Yes! Coconut water is great for hydration, but so is regular plain ol’ water.  Either can be used.  If you are eating dairy, plain kiefer can be substituted for coconut water also.
How to eat this the next day?
Smoothies can be kept in the freezer or the fridge with proper storage.  If keeping in the freezer, pour the smoothie into individual Tupperware to freeze.  When you want to drink the smoothie, pop the Tupperware in the microwave for 30 seconds to one minute.  Stir and enjoy OR put in the blender again with a splash of coconut water, orange juice, or regular water.  If keeping in the fridge, we like to put the entire blender pitcher into the fridge.  In the morning you will notice the blended fruit and liquid will have separated.  Blend the mixture again, as is, and enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 508kcal | Carbohydrates: 108g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 33mg | Potassium: 883mg | Fiber: 13g | Sugar: 82g | Vitamin A: 1679IU | Vitamin C: 78mg | Calcium: 88mg | Iron: 4mg
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3 Comments

  1. Michael

    5 stars
    Excellent Smoothie!

    Reply
    • Dan Kinney

      Mike,

      We’re glad you liked it. Thanks!

      -Dan & Mika

      Reply
  2. Kelly

    5 stars
    Really, really good! I used the coconut water, a real orange, and added a bit of frozen berries.

    Reply

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