Well, the germs seem to like us over here. Both boys are sick now, so I am doing my best to boost our immunity. Lots of water, tea, garlic, broth, rest, and smoothies of course!
This is the time of year when we’re quite busy as musicians, and Darryl and I often forget to take care of ourselves.
Darryl has a lot of long days with rehearsals, and then other gigs in the evening, and I’m busy with the boys and preparing for a recital as well. We have to remember to take care of ourselves, or we wind up run down and sick.
I really try to make a healthy smoothie for breakfast most days. This one is full of antioxidants and vitamin C from all the berries and fresh kiwi. Did you know that one kiwi has over 100% of the recommended daily value of vitamin C? And it has a rare form of vitamin E that’s fat-free.
The three types of berries are also excellent for immunity as well since they are full of vitamin C and bioflavonoids. Eating a variety of berries is very good for you as you get a variety of antioxidants. The darker the berries, the more antioxidants they contain. You could also add some blackberries to this if you want.
I used orange juice for added vitamin C and calcium, but you could use water or even cranberry juice if you prefer.
If you find that your frozen berries or the kiwi are too tart, you can add a little maple syrup or honey to sweeten this if needed, or any sweetener that works for your diet.
I know that occasionally frozen strawberries are on the tart side for my tastebuds. If fresh fruit is in season, you can use that instead!
If you wanted to add more antioxidants and iron, you could even throw some fresh kale or spinach in here. It shouldn’t change the flavor, but it will change the color – it won’t be such a vibrant shade of deep pink.
You can also add chia seeds, flax seed meal, or hemp seed hearts if you are interested in adding some protein and healthy fats to this smoothie. I didn’t choose to do that this time, but it’s a great option if you want this to have more staying power between meals.
This is a beautiful smoothie to enjoy whether you’re sick or well! It’s the perfect breakfast or snack.
- 1 cup frozen strawberries
- ¾ cup frozen raspberries
- ½ cup frozen blueberries
- 2 kiwifruit, peeled and sliced
- 1 cup orange juice
- Place the frozen berries in the blender and let them thaw for about 10 minutes.
- Add the kiwifruit and the orange juice and blend on high until smooth.
- Top with more kiwi or berries if desired.
Now to get lots of rest this week (I hope!) and get everyone back on track over here. It’s no fun to be sick, that’s for sure!
What are your favorite natural remedies for a cold?