Cool Supplement Smoothie Recipes

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Cool Supplement Smoothie Recipes

 

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Do any supplements really help fight the flu?

 

Although many people like the convenience of supplements, whole foods give you more bang for your buck.

 

The current lack of FDA regulation means that you might not be getting the potency or ingredients listed on the product label: the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 prohibits the Food and Drug Administration from regulating supplements in a way that would require supplement makers to verify the safety and efficacy of their products in the same way that prescription drugs are.

 

In other words, supplement products may be top-notch, or they may be completely ineffective.

 

However, whole fruits, vegetables, spices, and herbs provide antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals in healthy doses, improving immune health safely and deliciously.

 

Vitamins and Minerals for Immune Health

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Vitamin E: Essential for the maintenance and structure of skeletal, smooth, and cardiac muscle tissues, acts as an antioxidants and assists in the formation of red blood cells.

 

Smoothie-ready sources: Spinach, pumpkin, mango

 

Zinc: Plays a pivotal role in immune response, cell division, and wound healing.

 

Smoothie-Ready Sources:  Nuts and nut butters

 

Vitamin C: Prevents cellular damage and can speed wound healing. Helps to repair and maintain cartilage, bones, and skin. Acts an an antioxidant, reducing free radicals, unstable molecules that play a role in disease processes.

 

Smoothie-Ready Sources: Cantaloupe, citrus, strawberries, kiwi

 

Easy Immune-Boosting Recipes

 

The following recipes are quick, easy, and chock-full of antioxidants to bolster immune health.

 

Whether you favor sweet cinnamon pumpkin or punchy strawberries, these sips provide Zinc, Vitamin E, and Vitamin C for the upcoming cold and flu season.

 

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Sweet Strawberry Spinach Smoothie

Serves 1

225 Calories

 

1 cup strawberries

1 cup fresh spinach leaves

¼ cup vanilla or strawberry greek yogurt

½ cup milk

1 tbsp almond butter

 

Combine all ingredients in blender, adding ice and no-Calorie sweetener to taste if desired.

 

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Orange you glad it’s fall?

Serves 1

210 Calories

 

½ cup mandarin oranges, packed in juice (no sugar added)

¼ cup fat-free vanilla greek yogurt

½ cup sliced banana

½ cup nonfat milk

 

Combine all ingredients in blender, adding ice and no-Calorie sweetener to taste if desired.

 

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Flu-Fighting Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

Serves 1

265 Calories

½  cup canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)

¼ cup fat-free vanilla greek yogurt

⅓ cup sliced banana

½ cup nonfat milk

1 tbsp almond butter

Cinnamon, to taste

 

Combine all ingredients in blender, adding ice and no-Calorie sweetener to taste if desired.

 

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Super Zinc Banana-Cashew Blast

Serves 1

400 Calories

 

3 tbsp cashew butter

½ cup banana

½ cup nonfat milk

Vanilla Extract, Cinnamon to taste

 

Combine all ingredients in blender, adding ice and no-Calorie sweetener to taste if desired.

 

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Mango Morning Madness

Serves 1

215 Calories

 

1 cup mango

1 cup fresh spinach leaves

½ cup strawberries

½ cup nonfat milk

½ cup fat-free vanilla greek yogurt

 

Combine all ingredients in blender, adding ice and no-Calorie sweetener to taste if desired.

 

I hope you enjoy these smoothie recipes.

 

 

 

 

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