I’m so excited to share my Immune Boosting Golden Smoothie Recipe with you! Winter can feel so blah. The days are shorter, produce is lacking, and it’s cold all the time. But my favourite part about winter? Combating those winter blahs with vibrant, healthy, delicious foods. If you’re in need of some sunshine and are on the brink of getting scurvy (seriously what happened to all of the lettuce), I’ve got you covered with my newest creation: My Immune Boosting Golden Smoothie!
This smoothie embodies the sunshine we’re craving so much this time of year and puts it in a glass for you to drink. Not only that, but it also helps you battle your way through cold and flu season with its immune-boosting properties! This smoothie has so many yummy refreshing fruits, and (my favourite) some sneaky vegetables. Try it today and say goodbye to the winter blahs. Get the recipe below and keep scrolling for some awesome health benefits and more vibrant smoothie recipes.
Immune Boosting Golden Smoothie
Vegan & Gluten-Free
Prep time: 5 minutes | Serves: 1
- 1.5 cups almond milk
- 1 cup pineapple
- ½ cup carrot
- ½ cup ice* optional
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 tbsp lemon juice (1/2 lemon)
- ½ tbsp fresh ginger
- 1 tsp turmeric powder
- pinch black pepper
- Place in a high-speed blender and blend until smooth.
PER SERVING: CALORIES: 400, FAT: 19 g, SAT. FAT: 14 g, CARBS: 38 g, FIBER: 9 g, SUGARS: 20 g, PROTEIN: 20 g, SODIUM: 315 mg, CHOLESTEROL: 0 mg
Health Benefits of Pineapple
Pineapple is an awesome health food and one I love to incorporate during the winter months! This acidic fruit always puts a pep in my step when I’m feeling a little sluggish (and not just because it’s filled with fibre). Pineapples have an array of health benefits!
- They’re filled to the brim with nutrients like vitamin C! Vitamin C helps to improve immunity (hello cold and flu season), and helps with tissue repair. 1 cup of chopped pineapple (like in this recipe) will get you 79 mg of Vitamin C, which for most people is their entire daily recommended value!
- 1 cup of pineapple also gives you all of the manganese you need for the day! Manganese helps with supporting your immune system, bone growth, blood clotting, and hormone regulation.
- Pineapple also contains B vitamins to help your energy metabolism, as well as trace minerals like copper, potassium, and magnesium. It also provides your gut with a heavy dose of fibre to keep things moving and to create a healthy, balanced gut microbiome.
Health Benefits of Almonds
I love using almonds! Almond milk, almond butter, whole almonds. I love them because almonds add great nuttiness and pack a nutritional punch.
- Almonds contain healthy fats which have been associated with reducing the risk of heart disease
- They are also high in magnesium which helps to relax your nerves and muscles, relieves stress-related tension, and promotes overall relaxation
- Almonds are an excellent source of vitamin E which is a powerful antioxidant which boosts your immune system
- This nut is a great source of sleep-promoting tryptophan and energy-producing vitamin B2 too!
Make your Own Almond Mylk
I love using plant-based milk instead of dairy. Did you know that most people are actually missing the enzymes necessary to properly digest dairy? No wonder these alternatives are so popular!
Making your own almond mylk is super easy and has a delicious fresh taste. There are a lot of milk alternatives readily available in grocery stores aside from almonds like rice, hemp, organic soybeans, and coconuts. These are great milk alternatives to use in a pinch, but they usually contain preservatives, processed ingredients and thickening agents. Homemade almond mylk has an amazing clean taste that is completely different from the store-bought variety. It is so yummy you will find yourself drinking it by the glass. The bonus is that you’ll retain all of the awesome nutrients almonds bring to the table!
Try your hand at homemade Almond Mylk with my foolproof recipe here!
The Supplement You Need To Use In Your Kitchen
Coconut oil is a staple in my kitchen. It is heat resistant, tastes yummy, and has so many awesome nutritional benefits! One of my favourite food supplements to add to my cooking is MCT oil. MCT oil is often from coconuts because coconut oil already contains MCT (medium-chain triglycerides) in it. These medium-chain triglycerides take less energy to break down and are absorbed a lot more easily because they’re small!
Incorporating MCT oil into your diet can have benefits like:
- Increased energy
- Reduced fungus and bacteria
- Weight Loss
Check out my article all about MCT oil here for more info and reasons why you should try it out here!
January Corporate Wellness Events
Winter can have us leaning heavily into starches and fats (aka comfort food). If you’re feeling like you could use a vegetable or two, invite your team to join me for this month’s corporate wellness offerings! We are leaning into all things vegetables and two of my favourite colours this season! I’m talking pink and green! Not only will these colours brighten up a dreary winter meal but they’ll give you a hefty dose of nutrients too!
Join me for my Eat And Drink Your Greens Virtual Cooking Class where together we’ll increase our energy.
In this cooking class, we’ll make a Winter Kale Salad and Spiced Pear Green Smoothie. These dishes give you a double dose of greens to get you through the day. Have the smoothie at breakfast and salad for dinner to guarantee you get the most out of these hearty, healthy greens.
Or if green isn’t your colour, try my UnBEETable Detox Virtual Cooking Class instead!
During this cooking class, we embrace the amazing liver detox properties of beets! We’ll be using primarily the red bulb that is commonly found in most grocery stores. Together we’ll make a Roasted Beet Hummus and a Kale Beet Salad. Yum!
I’m so excited to bring your team into my kitchen for these healthy virtual cooking classes. These classes are an awesome way to engage your team and boost morale in the office after the holidays! Let’s start the year off on a healthy, delicious note, together!
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Cheery & Bright Smoothie Recipe Roundup
Do you miss the sunshine? Me too! But my Mango Turmeric Smoothie, aka The Yellow Gazebo Smoothie, is here to rescue us from those winter blues! This is a creamy smoothie that is sweetened with juicy mangoes and flavoured with toasted coconut. The turmeric added to the smoothie creates a vibrant yellow colour and has a multitude of health benefits! It’s like sunshine in a glass similar to my Immune Boosting Golden Smoothie.
Maybe you’re craving a vacation right now but don’t have time to take one. Sub out the ocean for this dreamy Blue Matcha Smoothie! If you’ve never heard of blue matcha before, here’s your introduction. Blue matcha is made from the “Clitoria” flower (teehee), which is a feminine bright blue flower and is used in Ayurvedic medicine. It has tons of health benefits, and my favourite part, it’s caffeine free!
This fuchsia pink drink is what I imagine Barbie’s breakfast looks like. It’s so pretty and vibrant, and it’s packed with tons of health benefits! This Liver Detox Smoothie is extremely refreshing, it has a warming spiciness from the ginger, a sweetness from the beets, and a sourness from the lemon. You’re getting anti-inflammatory, liver detox, and vitamin C all in one delicious smoothie! Don’t forget the garnishes, they’re the prettiest part!
Want to jump on the smoothie bandwagon but don’t know where to start?
Recently, smoothies have been all the rage with everyone and their grandma making them in an effort to improve their health. The problem is you might be making common smoothie mistakes and creating a drink that is not only unhealthy but contributing to weight gain!
Holistic in the City 21-Day Smoothie Guide contains 21 delicious smoothie recipes made with love by 7 Holistic Nutritionists. It also has lots of information including our basic smoothie formula, the answer to the age-old debate of juicing vs smoothies and what to look for when buying protein powder.