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Immune-Boosting Strawberry Smoothie

This Immune-Boosting Strawberry Smoothie combines strawberries, beets and fresh ginger for a boost of Vitamin C and manganese to strengthen your immune system.
This Immune-Boosting Strawberry Smoothie can do so much good for your body.

Sometimes we forget that eating a bowl of Fruit Loops for breakfast every morning isn’t going to help us. At all. (Unless you ask my sugar-cereal-loving husband…he’ll claim it does him a lot of good…) The problem is, we love convenience, right? That’s why we consume so many processed, pre-made and packaged foods. Because it’s easy to pour a bowl of cereal or unwrap a “healthy” chocolate-covered granola bar for breakfast. What people tend to forget, is that it’s also easy to throw 6 ingredients in a blender and pour the resulting smoothie in a cup. BAM. Done.

This Immune-Boosting Strawberry Smoothie combines strawberries, beets and fresh ginger for a boost of Vitamin C and manganese to strengthen your immune system.
And guess what? Instead of partially-hydronegnated vegetable oil, refined sugar and red 40, you get vitamin C, fiber, and essential minerals like potassium and manganese. We have the excuse that we’re too busy to eat healthy, but that’s exactly why we need to. Our bodies are tired from all the busyness. Our minds and attention are being pulled in every direction and our immune systems are getting RUN DOWN.

Give your body a break from the sugar-cereal crash and whip up an Immune-Boosting Strawberry Smoothie. Your body and mind will thank you!

Immune-Boosting Strawberry Smoothie

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 1 smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 medium beet, cold or frozen (see notes)
  • Heaping 1/2 tsp. fresh grated ginger
  • 1 cup coconut milk or coconut water
  • 1/2 tsp. lime juice
  • 3-4 ice cubes (or more if needed)
  • Handful of spinach or other leafy greens (optional)

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Add ice until desired consistency is reached!

Notes

*Beets can be a pain to prep yourself. Many stores carry already steamed and peeled beets, which can save you lots of time! We love the beets from Costco and Trader Joe's.

http://www.kiwiandcarrot.com/immune-boosting-strawberry-smoothie/

This Immune-Boosting Strawberry Smoothie combines strawberries, beets and fresh ginger for a boost of Vitamin C and manganese to strengthen your immune system.

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36 Comments

  • Reply Kari May 9, 2016 at 9:40 am

    Looks so healthy! This would be a great choice for breakfast!
    Kari
    http://www.sweetteasweetie.com

    • Reply Sarah May 9, 2016 at 10:05 pm

      Thanks Kari! It does make a yummy (and healthy) breakfast!

  • Reply candy May 9, 2016 at 9:57 am

    I love a smoothie and a bran muffin for breakfast. Make and go.

    • Reply Sarah May 9, 2016 at 10:06 pm

      Candy, I’m right there with ya. Nothing beats a bran muffin and smoothie to start your day off right!

  • Reply Dia All The Things I Do May 9, 2016 at 11:07 am

    I love smoothies. This looks yummy. People don’t realize how many benefits ginger has.Thanks for sharing.

    • Reply Sarah May 9, 2016 at 10:06 pm

      Dia, It’s true…ginger does amazing things for our bodies. We should all eat more ginger!

  • Reply Cori May 9, 2016 at 1:24 pm

    How strongly does this smoothie taste of beet?

    • Reply Sarah May 9, 2016 at 10:07 pm

      Cori, You can definitely taste the beet, but the strawberries and ginger make it a milder taste. If you dislike beets, just omit them and it would still taste great!

  • Reply Missy - Getting Fit to Find Myself May 9, 2016 at 3:12 pm

    I am going to make this and thank you so much for sharing the nutrition information! Not only does it look good it is good for you! I need to keep my immune system up to help my brain heal from my traumatic brain injury so I have been looking for immune boosting recipes!

    • Reply Sarah May 9, 2016 at 10:09 pm

      Missy, I’m so sorry to hear about your brain injury! That’s so scary. But I’m sure eating the right foods will make a world of a difference! 🙂

  • Reply Amber Battishill May 9, 2016 at 6:16 pm

    Saving for later! I would never have thought of using beets! Beets are easy to prep with a pressure cooker. 😉

    • Reply Sarah May 9, 2016 at 10:09 pm

      Amber, I’ve never prepared beets in a pressure cooker before, but that’s a brilliant idea! Thanks for the tip 🙂 Hope you like the smoothie!

  • Reply Rizza Montoya May 9, 2016 at 10:58 pm

    This posts is perfect for me because it is very hot right now in my country so I am dying to try that out 🙂

    • Reply Sarah May 11, 2016 at 2:18 pm

      Rizza, I’m glad this one came at the right time for you! It’s definitely a refreshing treat for hot weather.

  • Reply Melanie May 10, 2016 at 12:07 am

    I love strawberry and it’s always good to keep your immune system healthy. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Reply Sarah May 11, 2016 at 2:19 pm

      Melanie, It’s true. Healthy body = happy self! Hope you enjoy 🙂

  • Reply Roxy May 10, 2016 at 8:35 am

    Strawberry smoothies are one of my all time favorites! This one looks and sounds delicious. I’d love to try it soon!!

    • Reply Sarah May 11, 2016 at 2:20 pm

      Roxy, I’m right there with ya. Something about strawberries in a smoothie just works, right? Hope you give this one a try!

  • Reply Tess May 10, 2016 at 11:26 am

    This looks delicious and I love that you even snuck a beet in there! I’m definitely with you on eating less processed foods – it’s so much better for your body. Thanks for sharing this great recipe!

    • Reply Sarah May 11, 2016 at 2:21 pm

      Thanks Tess! The beet adds a nice flavor and color. Hope you enjoy it as much as we do 🙂

  • Reply Dave May 10, 2016 at 11:47 am

    Looks amazing! I love the combination of strawberry and ginger, that sounds delicious.

    • Reply Sarah May 11, 2016 at 2:21 pm

      Thanks Dave! The ginger definitely adds a different element to the smoothie…hope you give it a try and love it!

  • Reply Madi May 10, 2016 at 12:57 pm

    i make smoothies every morning – nice to start off each day with something healthy! thanks for the tip about the beets at trader joes!! http://www.corner52.com

    • Reply Sarah May 11, 2016 at 2:22 pm

      Madi, Yes! A smoothie girl just like me. Truly, starting your day with a smoothie means it’s going to be a goooood day. 🙂

  • Reply Ninz May 10, 2016 at 3:32 pm

    Your recipes always look so yummy and photos so gorgeous. Pinning and this one on Pinterest 🙂 ! xxx

    Ninz

    • Reply Sarah May 11, 2016 at 2:23 pm

      Thanks Ninz! It’s so encouraging to hear those kind words. Thanks for pinning! 🙂

  • Reply Aarika May 10, 2016 at 4:09 pm

    This is a great immunity booster! I always use ginger for extra healing benefits, and strawberries are full of Vitamin C, perfect for increasing immunity. I look forward to making this smoothie. Thanks!!

    • Reply Sarah May 11, 2016 at 2:25 pm

      Aarika I’m glad you’re on board with the ginger…I love adding ginger to anything and everything. Hope you like the smoothie as much as we do! (We put a beet in there, so at least you’ll appreciate that, right? 😉 )

  • Reply Agnes May 10, 2016 at 8:00 pm

    I have been making smoothies every morning and this one will be on my round up.

    • Reply Sarah May 11, 2016 at 2:26 pm

      Agnes, I definitely support the smoothie-a-day habit. It starts your day off right! Let us know how you like this recipe!

  • Reply Dylan Cutler May 23, 2016 at 12:04 am

    Love it! I love the powerful disease-fighting properties of this smoothie, with organic fruits especially!

    • Reply Sarah May 23, 2016 at 10:10 pm

      Dylan, it’s so true! Food is a powerful thing if you choose the right kind.

  • Reply Brittany Nikole May 24, 2016 at 6:28 pm

    I’m definitely guilty of short cut breakfasts- I’ve been trying different smoothies as a mid morning snack and always looking for new/unique recipes! Thanks so much for sharing:)

    • Reply Sarah May 24, 2016 at 11:19 pm

      No worries, we are all guilty of it at some point. Hope you enjoy the smoothie!

  • Reply Amy O August 3, 2016 at 7:40 am

    I just found out that I have high iron. Is this smoothie ok to drink in the morning for me. Thanks looks delish!

    • Reply Sarah August 4, 2016 at 12:18 pm

      Amy, none of the ingredients in this smoothie have significant amounts of iron in them, so you should be OK. However, it might be a good idea to talk to your doc or dietician to get a list of foods that you should avoid. Hope you enjoy the smoothie!

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