At this time of year, there are plenty of cold and flu bugs doing the rounds. There is the common misconception that wrapping up warm will do the trick to keep those germs at bay, and although keeping nice and cosy makes us feel better it’s actually a virus that attacks our immune system that mainly makes us feel ill and not the temperature of our bodies.
I’m on a winter wellness kick at the moment after taking part in the Pukka challenge, giving my immune system a natural boost has been my main focus to help keep my health in tip top condition. Many of us have lots of fresh foods and spices sitting in our fridges and store cupboards that can help fight off a nasty cold. This smoothie recipe is full of powerful immune-enhancing properties from some special key ingredients and contains some of the season’s best produce.
The persimmons add a lovely (yes I’m going to say it!) festive twist to the smoothie making it fitting for this time of year and are rich in vitamin C, well known for safeguarding the immune system against common diseases. Turmeric has many brilliant anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and anti-viral properties, therefore it’s a fantastic natural ingredient to combat colds due to it’s theraputic nature.
- 1 banana
- 1 persimmon
- 2 handfuls of kale
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder of your choice
- Thumb sized portion of ginger
- 1 tsp turmeric
- 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1/4 cup cashew nuts
- Unsweetened almond milk (roughly 2 cups)
Prepare and roughly chop the ingredients.
Place everything in a blender and blitz until completely smooth.
Pour into a glass and sip up all that goodness!
Personally, when I have a cold I tend to eat a lot of spicy food. The chill heat and spicy ginger kick in this smoothie not only taste great, but they both act as great decongestants. Also, like turmeric, ginger is a great anti-viral and helps to fight against illnesses and stimulates perspiration to bring down a raised temperature.
If persimmons aren’t your cup of tea then you can easily swap this out for another wonderful seasonal fruit like apples or pears, have fun and experiment! I used kale because it’s in season and full of great minerals and vitamins, similarly if you’re not a kale fan then spinach works just as well.
What are your favourite natural remedies to help defend your body against cold and flu? How are you giving your immune system a boost this winter?
*sponsored by Nature Supplies, but all content and opinions are my own