by: Dr. Tomeka Day, MD
It’s that time of the year again. The time when the leaves change to a beautiful array of colors, and the milder weather sets in. Soothing spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin are added to many foods and beverages. Fall festivals and local fairs occur, where the rippling sounds of laughter and swirling rides, and the aromas of fried apples, turkey legs, corn dogs, and funnel cakes fill the air. Sunday afternoon gatherings occur in homes after church with breaking of bread, and the cheers and yells echo through rooms from the excitement of NFL and NBA games. All of these wonderful moments make fall a much anticipated season!
But with all the joys of fall, comes some kickbacks. This is also the time that many viruses love as well. There are several viruses, such as Rhinovirus (Cold), Influenza (Flu), Parainfluenza, and RSV that can thrive in cool and cold weather. So, the cold and flu season, is very much a part of the joys of fall, Ugh!!! Because of this, I want to share a Green Smoothie that will boost your immune system and help you prevent and fight back against all the colds, flus, and viruses.
Here is a recipe for a Green Smoothie that I enjoy, that will taste good and give your immune system a boost to fight back against all of the viruses of the cold and flu season.
Green Smoothie for Immune System Boost:
- 1 whole fresh apple
- 1 whole fresh banana
- 1 1/2 cup of fresh or frozen blueberries
- 2 1/2 cups of fresh or frozen spinach
- 1 cup of greek yogurt (any flavor)
- 1/2 cup of almond milk
- Optional 1 tbsp of peanut butter
- 2 teaspoons of cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder
- 1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon of ginger
- 2 teaspoons of honey
- 1 cup of ice
Directions: Add all of the above ingredients to your blender. Blend on high for 1 minute, or until you get a smooth consistency. Stop, and pour from your blender, and begin to enjoy this healthy and delicious smoothie to strengthen your immune system.
Now that you have added a recipe that will strengthen your immune system, you can enjoy the beauty and bliss of the Autumn Season!
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Author: “Dr. Tomeka” Day, MD is the Founder and CEO of Flourish Health Coaching, LLC. She is helping busy women and their families through her health coaching by focusing on nutrition and lifestyle changes. As a result of her health coaching, busy women are equipped with the knowledge and tools they need to provide nutritious and quick meals, become healthy and improve health conditions such as, Type 2 Diabetes/ Adult Onset Diabetes, Hypertension, Hypercholesterolemia, Inflammatory diseases, and weight issues so they are able to enjoy their life and flourish in their God given purpose.
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