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Fresh and Healthy Smoothies Will Turbocharge Your Immune System
During the cold-weather months, 12,200 Canadians visit hospitals annually due to the flu. If staying healthy in the wintertime is a priority, you should know that adding healthy smoothies to your lifestyle will help you to maintain your good health. Smoothies with the right ingredients will turbocharge your immune system. Read on to learn why drinking smoothies makes it easier to fight flu and colds, and discover an easy smoothie recipe that is absolutely delicious.
Berries are flu fighters
Lots of smoothies contain luscious berries. Berries are an amazing source of vitamin C, as well as polyphenols and antioxidants. When you add a handful of berries to your blender, you’ll access vitamin C that strengthens your immune system. The polyphenols and antioxidants in berries are powerful enough to fight disease. Of course, fresh berries also taste wonderful. They add so much sweetness to smoothies (and sometimes a welcome hint of tartness, too). Raspberries, strawberries, blackberries and blueberries are all great choices.
Probiotic yogurt will help you stay healthy
Lots of smoothie recipes contain probiotic yogurt. When you add this type of yogurt to your creamy drink, the probiotics will contribute to better digestive health. A National Dairy Council study showed that women who consume yogurt daily have fewer inflammatory markers in their blood. Lowering levels of inflammatory markers helps when it comes to staving off cold symptoms. The zinc in yogurt will also give you immune system support. Zinc is proven to reduce the duration of cold symptoms.
Whip up a healthy smoothie today
To access the ultimate in immune system support this winter, add one cup of raspberries (unsweetened and frozen) and one cup of blackberries (unsweetened and frozen) to a blender, along with eight ounces of vanilla-flavored yogurt. Then, add a cup of low-fat milk or milk substitute. Finish the recipe by adding a teaspoon of vanilla extract, a pinch of cinnamon, three tablespoons of honey and a teaspoon of orange zest. Then, savor your creamy treat, knowing that you’re doing something good for your body.
Embrace the smoothie lifestyle
Smoothies are great for breakfast. They’re also amazing meals on the go or late-night snacks. Since they’re filling, they will make you feel satisfied while they help you to stay hydrated. Now that you know why smoothies fight colds and flus, thanks to their berries and yogurt, and have a new smoothie recipe to try, you’ll be ready to embrace the smoothie lifestyle.