Do you feel a cold coming on? First things first, hydrate! Next, it’s time to increase your vitamin C intake.
Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to drink orange juice to get vitamin C. In fact, many fruits and vegetables have higher concentrations of vitamin C than oranges. Plus, many boxed orange juices are processed and packed with extra sugar which reduces the concentration and benefits of vitamin C found naturally in oranges.
When I started feeling sick a couple of weeks ago, I woke up, had a tall glass of water and headed to the local grocer. I picked up mango, kale, parsley, broccoli, bell peppers, lemons, cucumbers and coconut water. Basically, if it had vitamin C and it was hydrating, it was in my basket. (A note on hydrating: Hydrating while you’re sick is so important. Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin meaning that your body needs lots of H2O to benefit from it.)
When I got home, I put a lot of that produce in a blender and had the biggest green smoothie bowl ever. Now, it’s your turn. Get my Cold-Fighting Green Smoothie Recipe below.
Cold-Fighting Green Smoothie Recipe
- 1/2 frozen banana
- 1/2 cup fresh or frozen mango
- 1-2 cups massaged kale*
- 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
- 1/2 cucumber, peeled and chopped (about 1 cup)
- 1 cup coconut water
- 1 Tbsp lemon juice
- 2 Tbsp Stay Healthy Stay Happy Protein Blend (or other plant-based protein)
*De-stem the kale and massage it with 1 Tbsp of coconut oil. The fat in the coconut oil helps your body absorb all of the fat-soluble vitamins (vitamin A,D, E and K) in this smoothie.
- Prep your ingredients. Treat them with love and patience because they are going to help heal you. (I say this because I know from experience that cooking while feeling sick isn’t always the most fun.)
- Serve immediately in a glass or bowl. Enjoy it slowly with toppings of your choice.
Disclaimer: These are my recommendations for eating healthful, whole foods as a Certified Culinary Nutrition Expert. I am not a registered dietician, nutritionist or a doctor and therefore cannot diagnose, cure or offer supplement advice — only advise and advocate for eating more plant-based, whole food diets.