I like to start most of my days with a smoothie, and am always looking for new ways to switch up my go-to recipes. So when fevers hit our home a few weeks ago, and the only requested meals consisted of liquids, I figured it was a great way to come up with a new nutrient-dense drink that would not only deliver a punch to the flu but also wake the body upon any old Monday.
This smoothie is extremely refreshing, thanks to a few citrus squeezes, a cooling mint kick, and a touch of sweetness from apple. It balances the flavors nicely, and received rave reviews and repeat requests in my household. It also delivers some great adaptogenic boosts through the addition of raw garlic, whose antibacterial and antiviral properties are present, though the taste is perfectly hidden amidst banana and greens. It's then rounded off with raw protein power and bee pollen, which provide good energy and immunity support. I can't think of a better way to jump start the day.
Refreshing Green Smoothie
1 small banana, sliced
1/2 lime, peeled
1/2 orange, peeled
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1 tsp lemon rind, finely grated
1 small bunch of kale, de-ribbed
2 sprigs of mint leaves
1/2 apple, sliced
1 clove of garlic, sliced (let sit for 5 minutes before adding in)
1 packet of raw protein powder (I prefer this kind)
1 tsp bee pollen
Combine first ten ingredients in blender, and top with water or preferred nut milk and 3-4 ice cubes. Blend until combined. Top with bee pollen and enjoy.