April Aceto works in advertising sales by day and behind her camera at night. Her passions for food and photography come from her extensive travel around the country and the world, exploring new cuisine and landscapes. She is the author of Food n’ Focus, a blog devoted to bringing a variety of cuisines together in one photogenic place. She can be found on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.
Now that September is finally here and the cooler temperatures are right around the corner, I think many of us notice that our immune systems begin to take a turn for the worse. People are cooped up indoors and germs are spreading like crazy. Many of us start to increase our intake of vitamin C during this time through supplements or fruits but I really like to boost my immunity with one of my favorite smoothies.
One of my favorite sources of vitamin C is kale. This vegetable is seriously the new “superfood” and it’s packed with nutrients that do wonderful things for your body. While it might turn your smoothie a leafy green color, it’s practically flavorless so you won’t even know it’s there! Not only is this vegetable high in vitamin C, but it also gives you large doses of Vitamin A, K and fiber. Fiber can also help you maintain a healthy weight by making you feel full longer.
In addition to the vitamin-packed kale, the combination of citrus fruits, chia seeds and Greek yogurt add an extra punch of vitamin C and protein. I also like to include vanilla almond milk as an additional source of protein. All of these components are a great way to wake your body up and keep you feeling full until lunchtime. And it never hurts to boost your immune system as we move into the cooler months.
- 1 cup vanilla almond milk
- ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1 grapefruit, peeled and quartered
- 1 orange, peeled and quartered
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 handful fresh kale
- 2-3 ice cubes
- Combine all ingredients in the jar of the Single-Serve Blender and pulse until the ingredients are combined.
- Place the travel lid back onto the cup and serve or pour into a large glass and enjoy.