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St. Patrick’s Day: Go Green With These Immunity Boosting Foods (Recipes Included)!

Article contributed by: Blended For You www.blendedforyou.com

Whether you’re headed to the pub for St. Paddy’s Day, getting your endurance sport on, or just feeling winter, these recovery foods will help you bounce back like the pro you are!

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Avocado

Packed with Vitamins E, C, K, B6, B5, plus folate, potassium, healthy fats & fiber, this nutrient-packed food will help your body recover and stay strong. Pro tip: they’re higher in potassium than bananas, which means they’re a great food to include with sport nutrition..

Cordyceps (get your shrooms-on!)

Disease-fighting Cordyceps are a great source of B vitamins, trace minerals, fibre and protein. Along with anti-tumour properties, this mushroom can also increase energy levels, improve athletic performance, boost your immunity levels and help fight stress and fatigue.

Ginger

Ginger, an adaptogen, helps us deal with the negative effects of stress such as increased inflammation, depleted energy levels, damaged blood vessels and various types of hormonal imbalances. It has proven effective in helping regulate insulin levels. Pair with Vitamin C for best absorption.

B12

B12 affects every aspect of the way our systems function – from how cells form to how we feel every day. It provides support for our nervous and immune systems, benefits mood, energy levels, memory, heart, skin, hair and digestion. It also helps to maintain hormonal balance, and healthy nervous and cardiovascular systems.

Dandelion Root Extract

In addition to being rich in antioxidants and a detoxifying power, dandelion root has proven to benefit cholesterol levels, support strong bone health, and may also play a role in fighting Alzheimer’s disease by limiting neuron damage in the brain.

Turmeric

Turmeric contains curcumin, a powerful anti-inflammatory, metabolism-boosting, detoxifier and disease-fighter. It has also proven to be an effective digestion-aid, improve joint health and skin conditions, support thyroid function, and encourage brain health. 

Spirulina

This disease-fighting, detoxifying immunity booster is packed with antioxidants, protein, key vitamins and minerals.  A few benefits include natural detoxification and microfloral balance, healthy weight maintenance and weight loss, and support of good eye, bone and heart health.  With 3900% (not a typo) more iron than spinach and 2800% more beta-carotene than carrots, Spirulina is a mega-nutrient-dense booster.

Easy 5-Minute Greens Recipes for Recovery & Immunity Boosting:

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Detox Greens Smoothie

 Preparation: 
  • 1/3 cup pineapple, frozen unsweetened
  • 2/3 cup avocado
  • 2 cups organic spinach
  • 1/5 cup fresh ginger
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne (1 to 2 pinches)
  • 2 tsp fresh turmeric
  • 1 tsp spirulina
  • 1 tsp dandelion extract
  • 1 TBSP chia seeds
  • 2/3 cup coconut milk, unsweetened (carton/bottle, not canned)
  • ½ cup cold water (adjust for your desired consistency)

Protein boost (optional): 1 tbsp all natural vegan or whey protein (we prefer a ½ scoop so it doesn’t take away from the tropical flavour of the smoothie) 

Preparation: Blend until smooth.

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Greens Immunity Soup

Ingredients: 

  • 3 cups spinach, organic
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled
  • 2 Tbsp fresh ginger, sliced
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp fresh turmeric
  • 1 cup vegetable broth (chicken broth also works)
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1 tsp dandelion extract
  • pinch salt
  • black pepper to taste
  • squeeze of fresh lemon or lime juice 

Garnish

  • Broccoli florets, lightly steamed
  • 1/4 cup coconut yogurt (plain)
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds

Preparation:

1) Put all ingredients (except garnishes) in a saucepan and heat on med-high until mixture is hot.

2) Transfer to a high-speed blender and blend until smooth.

3) Pour into a bowl and garnish with broccoli florets, a swirl of yogurt, and chia seeds.

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