It’s February, which means flu season is in full swing. It feels like mid-March, but don’t let spring-like temperatures fool you. We’re not out of the woods yet.
There’s no doubt winter takes it’s toll on us emotionally and physically. Last week, my daughter was refusing to go to school because at least once a day one of her classmates was throwing up, coughing, or leaving school sick (gross… can you blame her?!) When I hear that, immediately my germaphobia kicks into full gear. I become like a witch over her caldron, concocting magical elixirs in my kitchen to help keep us healthy. Behold, the Reboot Smoothie!
Whether you’re trying to fight germs, need an energy boost, or perhaps would like to ward off evil spirits (just kidding), sometimes we need a little help “rebooting” our immune system.
I love this smoothie because it contains so many nutrients that are essential for supporting immunity and health. And, pineapples! We don’t normally think of this delicious tropical fruit in winter, but why not?! They’re widely available in markets and contain a powerful anti-inflammatory enzyme called bromelain. Bromelain has also been shown to be beneficial in improving digestion, immunity and circulation. It has also been rumored that pineapple juice can act as a cough suppressant, but studies proving it’s efficacy are lacking. Pineapples also have significant amounts of vitamin C and maganese, which are essential for healing.
I added a good chunk of ginger which gives a spicy kick and additional anti-inflammatory properties to the smoothie. There’s also spinach, refreshing cucumbers, and a splash of mango juice for a healthy dose of antioxidants, B vitamins and potassium. If you don’t have mango juice, you can substitute apple juice or water, but the mango is soooo good and definitely worth getting!
Blending the ingredients rather than juicing them allows the fiber to remain intact, which is helpful in keeping blood sugar levels from spiking. Aside from the amazing health benefits, you’ll love the taste! Even the kids and the hubby gulped it down and wanted more!
Cheers to good health and just a few more weeks of winter!
*Check with your health care provider or pharmacist before consuming large quantities of pineapple juice with certain medications like antibiotics and anticoagulants, as there may be drug-nutrient interactions.
- 1 cup freshly chopped pineapple
- 1 packed cup spinach
- ½ tbsp (chopped) fresh ginger
- ½ cup chopped cucumbers (with skin on)
- ½ cup mango juice
- handful ice cubes
- place all ingredients in a high powered blender.
- blend on high until smooth and serve.