Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Immune Boosting Smoothie {Kid Approved}

This time of the year, it seems like just about everyone is feeling under the weather. With 4 kids in the house now, it seems like it can take months sometimes to cycle through all 6 of us, so I really like to avoid it when possible. (Not that anyone ever wants to get sick...) Of course, one of the best ways to prevent is to boost the immune system. My family loves smoothies and we typically have them at least a few times a week. It hit me this winter, that smoothies were the perfect way to sneak in all the stuff I would love for my kids to take, but know they won't (namely, apple cider vinegar and elderberry syrup)! So here's what I came up with. It makes about 4 servings, and my kids have never mentioned it tasting any different than our normal smoothies. The fruit really masks the sour taste of the ACV!
1 1/2 cups juice high in vitamin C  (I use either orange, or this C-Boost from Bolthouse Farms)
2 full handfuls spinach (loaded with tons of vitamins)
2-3 teaspoons elderberry syrup (immune system booster & has been found to reduce the duration of illness)
1-2 Tablespoons organic apple cider vinegar-make sure it contains 'the mother'. (great at detoxifying the body & kills bad bacteria)
1/2-1 cup Kefir or probiotic yogurt (high in probiotics which help with gut health & immunity)
2 bananas 
Frozen fruit 
2 Tablespoons chia seeds (rich in omega 3's, fiber & antioxidants; gives a boost of energy)
Optional: 1-2 Tablespoons raw local honey (full of antioxidants and can help soothe a sore throat)

Throw it all in a blender...

 blend it up...

 and divide!

 Couldn't be easier. This is also a great smoothie for when you're already not feeling well and don't feel like eating a whole lot. Enjoy! 

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