Immune Boosting Green Mango Smoothie
Laura, our in-house Holistic Nutritionist and Communications and Marketing Manager, is back on the blog today sharing our first liver-friendly recipe of 2023. Take it away Laura!
Laura here! January always feels like a blank canvas; anticipating a new year, new opportunities, and the chance to lay groundwork for all the goals I’ve been wanting to accomplish. It’s a time of year that inspires me to do many things, very well. It’s also the time of year that flu season hits and I remember something vital in my attempts to keep up with all my new habits; to incorporate more immune boosting foods into my diet.
Today’s recipe is the perfect addition to a whole foods breakfast, lunch, or snack during the middle of your day. This smoothie includes so many immune-boosting superfoods and is sure to aid your body in helping to fight off viruses and toxins, boost your vitamin C levels, and keep your immune cells healthy. This green smoothie is delicious, slightly tropical, and your immunity will thank you for it.
Lots of dark leafy greens help to fight off free radicals, boost energy, and are one of the biggest sources of healthy immune cell boosters. Mango and avocado are packed with vitamins E, A, B6, and C, which all stand up big and strong in the face of viruses and bacteria trying to break down our immunity.
While healthy, liver-friendly recipes are the goal here on the blog, I promise that they are always worth the effort; in flavour, ease, and joy when you find recipes that work for you and your lifestyle.
- 1 cup of kale
- 1 cup of baby spinach
- ½ an avocado scooped out
- 1.5 cups of frozen mango
- ½ of a frozen banana
- 1 tbsp of ground flax
- 1 tsp of hemp seeds
- 1/2 cup fresh mint
- 1-2 half inch slice(s) of
- fresh ginger (peeled)
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1/4 cup water
- Optional: 1 scoop of your favourite protein powder
1) Wash and pat dry your fresh kale and baby spinach
2) Place all ingredients into your blender. Depending on your smoothie thickness preference, add ¼ cup less or more of liquid to your desired consistency.
3) Blend for at least 1-2 minutes until creamy and smooth.
4) Serve into glasses or jars and enjoy.
- Unsweetened coconut milk or oat milk (gluten free or regular) can be used in place of unsweetened almond milk. Additionally, you could use coconut water instead of regular water to boost electrolytes, hydration, and potassium!
- For the ginger, feel free to add according to your taste buds. A strong ginger flavour is something that some palettes enjoy, and others can’t handle. If you’re sensitive, start with one piece and taste.