Just because you’re short on time doesn’t mean you have to skimp on one of the most important meals of the day. Use these healthy immune-boosting breakfast smoothies to jumpstart your digestion AND your immune system, ensuring your natural immunity defenses are at full strength as you set out for your day.
These simple, quick breakfast smoothies are deeply nourishing, incredibly satisfying (no need to worry about mid-morning snack cravings!) and each contain at least one superpower fruit or vegetable for a powerful immune system.
1. The Citrus Star Breakfast Smoothie
Vitamin C may help to boost your body’s production of white blood cells, which are absolutely crucial for fighting off viral or bacterial infections. But forget old standbys like oranges. Grapefruit is the true superhero in some breakfast smoothies. Besides very high levels of vitamin C, it also contains a healthy amount of zinc, which further boosts your immune system.
1 medium grapefruit, peeled with seeds taken out
1 large apple, cored
2 cups spinach
1 large frozen ripe banana
A couple of ice cubes
1/2 cup of your favorite nut milk
Add all the above contents to a blender and blend until smooth.
2. Ginger Detox Smoothie
Ginger is high in gingerol, which may help to decrease inflammation, thus supporting your immune system while reducing the risk of numerous diseases linked with chronic inflammation, like heart disease and arthritis. Ginger also has a “warming” effect, making it perfect for a cold spring morning.
This breakfast smoothie also contains berries, which are incredibly high in vitamin C and other immune system-boosting antioxidants.
1 ripe, frozen banana
1 apple, cored
1 cup frozen mixed berries
1 cup plant-based milk of your choice
1 tsp grated ginger root
Blend all ingredients and enjoy!
3. Yummy Yogurt Blend
The better your gut health, the better your immune system health! The live cultures in yogurt and other fermented foods don’t just support your gut health, but they also may help to stimulate your immunity and ward off numerous illnesses. Plus, yogurt is rich in protein, so this breakfast smoothie may increase satiety (your sense of fullness). Breakfast smoothies that utilize the powder of probiotics should be a part of every week!
1 frozen ripe banana
1/2 cup unsweetened Greek yogurt
1/4 cup pineapple juice
1 cup strawberries
1 teaspoon orange juice
2-3 ice cubes
Blend until smooth, and sip your way to a stronger immune system.
4. Green Tea Goodness
Why choose between your caffeinated morning beverage and your morning breakfast smoothie? This nutrient powerhouse includes green tea matcha, which will give you a caffeine kick to get your day going. Matcha is also high in an amino acid known as L-theanine, which may help your body to produce more T-cells (the cells in the immune system that fight off bacteria and viruses).
1 large frozen mango, cubed
2 frozen ripe bananas
1 cup spinach
2 tsp matcha green tea powder
1 cup light coconut milk
It’s very important to blend the milk and matcha powder first, to ensure the green tea is mixed evenly. Then, add all the other ingredients, blend and enjoy!
Don’t Forget Your Morning Supplements
As you enjoy these morning magic smoothies, don’t forget to support the work each of these recipes are doing for your body by also taking an immune-supporting supplement. Great options to consider including:
- Vitamin C, zinc, B-complex and magnesium for broad-spectrum immune support
- A probiotic supplement, along with a supportive fiber supplement, for gut health
- A thymic protein supplement like BioPro-Plus 500, which replaces the proteins in your body that stimulate immune cell production