Shake off the Flu with a Green Shake

photo-2Flu season is upon us, and many of your friends seem to have stuffy noses and sore throats, and you’re next. However, the last thing you want is to get sick, especially with schoolwork beginning to escalate.  To dodge this flu season, you need to boost your immune system. You need to ensure you’re getting enough vitamins (especially vitamin C), antioxidants, and electrolytes. Drinking a smoothie is one of the best ways to get all of your nutrients in one meal. My ultimate favourite is a green smoothie; it is delicious and super nutritious, and making this smoothie is super fast and easy. You can put any ingredients your heart desires in this green smoothie, but here is my favourite way to make it.

For the recipe you will need:

1½ cups of frozen kale or spinach (spinach is easier on the taste buds, but kale is more nutritious)

½ cup of cucumber

½ cup of frozen grapes

½ cup of frozen blueberries

½ of an orange

¼ of peppermint leaves

1-2tbs of lemon juice

½-1 cup of coconut water or water (liquid base)

1tbs of fresh ginger (optional)

¼ of presoaked cashews (optional)

*This recipe makes 2 servings

What I usually do is take all of the dry ingredients (the greens and fruit) and place them in the blender first. Then add all of the wet ingredients (liquid base and lemon juice) and blend away until everything is mixed.  To turn this smoothie into a raw vegan milkshake, simply add presoaked cashews to your smoothie mixture.

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Many people might be skeptical about drinking green smoothies because of the taste, but I promise you that you won’t taste the greens at all. The only thing that I had a problem with was the consistency. The greens tend to be chunky because they are not broken down.  A trick that I have learned to prevent the smoothie from being chunky is to wash and freeze the greens prior to making the smoothie. Freezing the greens will help break down them down so that they are easier to blend.

This receipt is raw vegan and less than 100 calories per serving without the cashews (around 175 calories with cashews), and with about 200% of you daily vitamin C intake. It is great for boosting both your metabolism (from the lemon and ginger) and immune system. The natural electrolytes of the coconut water, the refreshing taste of cucumbers, and the sweet fruits all combine to make a yummy and healthy treat. Make sure to try this recipe, you’ll be missing out if you don’t.

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