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Immune-Boosting Citrus smoothie

Ultimate Citrus Smoothie Recipe

The citrus power.

Citrus is nature’s own powerful immune booster, so this immune-boosting citrus smoothie is right on point in the face of coronavirus pandemic. One of the most prominent powers of citrus is very evident in its high content of vitamin C. And, Vitamin C is essential for the prevention of infections and reinfection. Your immune system can benefit from the consumption of vitamin C now and always. That’s not all; researches linked the use of oranges with a reduction in the risk of colon cancer – excellent!

One of my most memorable memories growing up (in Nigeria), was our orange trees. We had up to ten orange trees in our compound in the village, and we ate a whole lot of oranges every single day, especially when it was in season. Click To Tweet I also remember the chewable vitamin C that’s tastes like orange and how it was also a thing. My mama will give it to me from time to time.

This immune system support smoothie is full of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients
This was so good! Also, feel free to be creative and make it your way!

Immune-Boosting Citrus Smoothie

With everything going on in the world right now (well, I am talking about the coronavirus pandemic), eating more of the food that would boost your immune system is definitely a welcome development. So, today, I will like to share with you one of my go-to immune-boosting citrus smoothie. This recipe is light and refreshing, as well as nutritious and delicious. May I ask you to please share this recipe with your friends and family. As well as members of your community. This is the time to come together and support each other when you see anything that can help please share.

Two glasses of healthy sunshine citrus smoothie
Let’s give s toast to living a healthy, happy living! My husband and I had a blast with these invigorating citrus smoothie. You have to give it a try!

The Ingredients.

Orange, grapefruit, banana, lemon, fresh ginger, and turmeric smoothie ingredients You can use ground turmeric or the fresh one. However, when it comes to ginger, I prefer fresh. Please do what you can with what you have.

Citrus.

I will be adding three different kinds of citrus to this sunshine smoothie, namely – orange, grapefruit, and lemon. First of all, citrus is classic fruits that never go out of fashion. Their uses are so necessary, if you don’t like oranges, then you may like grapefruit, and if you do not like grapefruit, perhaps you use limes and lemons to make salad dressings. And did I mention that citrus helps with the absorption of iron? For instance, when you add lemons or limes to make salad dressing, they would help your body absorb the salad leaves say, spinach. There is always a use for citrus!

Citrus has excellent antioxidants that can improve/repair the skin while keeping it younger. Look no further for younger-looking radiant skin! Click To Tweet Citrus peels (aka the back of orange, lemon, lime, tangerine, clementine,) are not just flavorful; they may also lower cholesterol! (Just WOW😳)

Not to mention that citrus can effectively help lessen the burden of cold due to the high content of vitamin C. You and I know that there is gazillion ways to enjoy citrus, I eat an orange every day. My daughter loves tangerines and clementine. And of course, this immune-boosting citrus smoothie is a way to go!

all the ingredients are measured out for the healthy citrus smoothie
You can use half or a whole orange. I love oranges, and wholeheartedly welcome every opportunity to eat more, so I sued one.😁🤗 I also tend to keep it at one when I double this recipe to make 4 cups.

And into the blender, everything goes…

You see some of the ingredients in the blender, orange, banana, turmeric, ginger, almond milk, and yogurt.
You may feel some pulp, and I am okay with that. The only way to completely avoid it would be to use orange juice. Perhaps squeeze out your orange and add the juice. I do not recommend using store-bought orange juice for this recipe.

Ginger.

Ginger is a powerhouse when it comes to immune defense. It also helps to reduce the risk of heart disease as well as lowering blood sugars. Additionally, if you are serious about heart-healthy, then you need some ginger without question; it is an excellent herb that promotes heart health. Ginger help the cholesterol. Equally, it can help with chronic indigestion!

For all the ladies in the room that have a painful menstrual cycle, please ensure that you ginger up. Or at least use ginger powder. Use ginger during the period your cycle is on to soothe pain. By the same token, researches linked specific properties in ginger to have the ability to prevent certain cancers.

Turmeric.

Believe it or not, turmeric is a sister of ginger! First, the FACT: turmeric was used in India for centuries to treat breathing problems. Fortunately, it is not too late to embrace turmeric, and the same result can still apply today. In general, turmeric is a superfood that greatly supports your health.

Specifically, turmeric can soothe depressive moods, add the powder to your cacao drink or smoothie like I did in this immune-boosting citrus smoothie. Furthermore, turmeric can help the body fight off infections. Be it the cold, flu, herpes, as well as re-infection. It is worthy to note that turmeric alongside ginger (her sister) is anti-inflammatory.

Vitamin C smoothie

Enough said let’s make the drink.

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Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Category: Light and Lovely

Cuisine: Universal

Author: Nkechi Ajaeroh, MPH

Servings: 2 Persons

Ultimate Citrus Smoothie Recipe

This immune-boosting citrus smoothie is a blast! It is made with citrus, ginger, turmeric, yogurt, and other health-improving ingredients that your body needs. This cup of goodness hopes to keep you stay safe from viral infections.

 

 

Ingredients

  • ½ - 1 orange
  • ¼ lemon
  • ¼ grapefruit
  • ½ cup of yogurt (any yogurt works. I have used both dairy and plant-based)
  • ½ cup of plant-based milk (I used almond)
  • 1 small banana (frozen)
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger
  • ½ teaspoon of ground/powdered turmeric or 1 teaspoon of fresh turmeric
  • 1 clove of garlic (optional)

Instructions

  1. Wash all fruits (except the banana that is, of course, frozen).
  2. Peel the orange, grapefruit, and lemon. Dice into cubes to make them easy to blend.
  3. Start by adding the liquid first, almond milk or any plant-based milk, yogurt, then the orange, grapefruit, lemon, and banana. Add the ginger, turmeric and garlic as well.
  4. Blend on high until smooth and creamy.
  5. Garnish with a slice of lime, or mint leaves, share with a loved one, and enjoy.

Notes

This recipe makes 2 cups or 16 oz

Feel free to add ice blocks as you wish.

You can also add garlic. I make it with garlic from time to time.

This smoothie is kid-friendly because my kids love it.

You may likely feel the pulp in this drink, and that’s ok. 

This is a light, refreshing drink, if you desire for it to be thicker, please add more banana, and reduce plant-based milk.

Double the recipe to make as much as you want.

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What are your tips when it comes to boosting your immune system? Please share in the comment, below.

In addition to this recipe endeavor to include blueberries, sweet potatoes, spinach, and other immunity boosting foods. Grab my five-spinach salad recipe here.

So, I just started on Instagram few months ago, and I will like for us to connect over there, and on Twitter too! Don’t forget to let me know when you make this immune-boosting citrus smoothie. Am sure you will like it!

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Stay safe, and healthy.

With love,

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Nkechi Ajaeroh, MPH

Hi, I'm Nkechi "Kechi" Ajaeroh, a Public Health professional turned Inspirational author slash exceptional home cook. A 2x International Best Selling Author of Elevate Your Life with the Power of Positive Perception and Gratefully Growing. African, (specifically, Nigerian) Food Enthusiast, watermelon connoisseur, on my to finessing my fitness. This blog is all about loving food, living life, practicing gratitude, and inspiring you to use your wings. Join the journey.

6 Comments
  1. Kechi,
    It must have been heavenly to have an orange tree right there and to eat them everyday! I love citrus fruits like oranges, grapefruit and tangerines.
    This smoothie is so packed with beneficial ingredients for our immune system and thensome.
    I am definitely going to get a stocked up on my ginger and tumeric and get this made. I can’t wait hardly to make it!
    Thanks so much for sharing.

  2. As the local supermarkets have been raided by locusts I took the easy way and bought citrus based smoothies enriched with Vitamin C. Not ideal from a health point of view because of the sugar bombs but nevertheless useful for when you are not moving or working as hard as you would normally do.

    Love this recipe, I shall grab the ingredients from the farm shop if it hasn’t also been raided by those locking themselves in their secret nuclear bunkers to wait out the end of the zombie apocalypse that I must have missed.

    Love your photos too, btw 🙂

    1. Hahaha, so true, Cristina! Quite a description of what is currently going on. I am hopeful that this ends soon.
      I know you will enjoy this smoothie, let me know when you make it, and don’t forget to rate it.😊
      Thanks for your kindest words about my photos.🙏🏾

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