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Five fun and tasty recipes to boost your immune system

Staying healthy is something that's on all of our minds right now, but it can be hard to find foods that are tasty *and* good for you. Lucky for us, some of the best foods for boosting your immune system are made from pantry staples that are easy to find! Check out these *delish* food ideas that'll kick your immune system into gear...

1. Pineapple Mint Green Smoothie

This green smoothie recipe by blogger Caitlin Shoemaker is both yummy and healthy! Two of the main ingredients are spinach and kale, which are loaded with vitamins A and C. 

Ingredients:

2 cups frozen pineapple

1 cup Frozen Zucchini

1/2 Green Apple

1/2 cup Cucumber, sliced

2 leaves of Curly Kale

1/4 cup Fresh Mint Leaves, loosely packed

3 tbsp Hemp Hearts

Juice of 1 Lime

1 cup Coconut Water

1/2 Filtered Water

Protein Powder of Choice (optional)

Instructions:

 Combine all ingredients in a high-speed blender and process until smooth, about 45-60 seconds.

-Serve as desired!

2. Ginger Lemonade

This zesty drink isn't just refreshing on a warm spring day—the touch of ginger is also a great anti-inflammatory! 

Ingredients:

1 piece of ginger, peeled and chopped

1 cup of lemon juice

1/3 cup maple syrup

6 cups of water

2 lemons cut into slices for garnish

Instructions:

Place the ginger in a food processor or blender. Add lemon juice and process until smooth.

Add water and maple syrup.

Strain out ginger pulp.

Serve in glasses filled with ice. 

3. Roasted Garlic

Garlic is great for helping your body fight infections. That's why we're obsessed with the roasted garlic from bake.eat.repeat—you can whip with butter to spread on toast, mix with hummus for a fab spread or pop into your go-to salsa recipe. 

4. Citrus Fruit Salad

Vitamin C is *the* major vitamin to keep your eye on if you want to keep your immune system alive and kicking. Citrus fruits are perfect for hydration and a boost of energy when you're feeling depleted. A few of our faves: 

Oranges

Clementines

Tangerines

Grapefruits

Limes

Lemons

Combine away and top with some fresh mint to make the fruit salad of your dreams! It's the *perfect* afternoon snack when you're hard at work on your virtual classes

5. Watermelon Slushie

Who doesn't love watermelon? The blog From My Bowl shows us a crazy easy way to spruce up this summer fruit. Not only are they absolutely delish, watermelons are naturally high in Vitamin C (our new BFF). Throw some in your blender with a few simple extra ingredients and you'll have a super sweet and healthy drink that your whole fam will swoon over.

Ingredients:

10 cups seedless watermelon cubes, frozen for at least 24 hours

2-4 tbsp of maple syrup

Juice of 1 large lime

1/4 cup fresh mint or basil leaves

1 1/2 cup filtered water

Instructions: 

First, let the frozen watermelon chunks sit at room temperature for 5-10 minutes to defrost some. Then, add the watermelon, 2 tbsp maple syrup, lime juice, mint and water to a high-speed blender. 

Pulse the blender until the watermelon starts to break up some, then blend to form a thick, slushie consistency. Adjust the maple syrup to taste, adding more if necessary. If the mixture is too thick for your liking, you can also add in extra water. 

Divide into glasses, serve and enjoy!

Keeping ourselves healthy is super important right now, so take advantage of your social distancing and get cooking!

Which healthy recipe would you make today? Comment below!

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by Paris J. | 4/4/2020
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