Focusing on wellness is always a good idea. To support our immune systems, adding more vitamins and antioxidants to our diet is key! One of our favorite ways to accomplish this is with a smoothie – quick and easy to put together first thing in the morning.
Get out your blender – here’s what we love about this immune-boosting smoothie.
Blueberry and Orange Smoothie
- ½ cup blueberries
- 1 orange (rind removed)
- 1 cup spinach
- 1 cup non-dairy milk, such as almond milk, oatmilk, soy milk.
- Ice (optional for a thicker smoothie)
Blueberries, oranges, and spinach: health-boosting ingredients
What exactly is it that makes this smoothie so great for your immune system?
Blueberries are a healthy source of nutrition rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. Plus, with their high fiber and lower sugar content compared to other fruits, they can help manage cholesterol and blood sugar. And since a smoothie mixes in blueberries raw, none of the nutrition is cooked off in the final product.
Vitamin C has a long history linked with benefits to our immune system. Blending an entire orange into this smoothie gives the benefit of higher fiber from a whole fruit without the added sugar in orange juice. And oranges boast a number of other health benefits including links to improving heart health and protecting against chronic diseases.
Finally, spinach is one of the most versatile veggies that can be eaten a number of different ways and it packs quite the nutritional punch. Spinach can strengthen bones, protect against high blood pressure, and much more. It’s hard to overstate the health benefits of spinach.
With the darker mornings in winter, it’s especially easy to hit the snooze button and find yourself rushed to get out the door. Thankfully, starting your day with a boost of nutrition is easy. This smoothie is the perfect – and tasty – solution to keep up with your essential vitamins on the go.