Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Purple Immune-Boosting Smoothie

I was going to mix up my usual Spinach Breakfast Smoothie, but I figured with cold season here, we all needed an immune boost! Not only does this smoothie have a wonderful purple color, it has great immune boosting properties! 
Check it out...

Elderberries have great immune boosting properties and paired with spinach and a protein shake,  this smoothie will make the perfect breakfast to get you going and keep you going all morning!

I used berries that I had in the freezer from last years harvest. If you will be using fresh or frozen berries, be sure to cook them for a few minutes before putting them into your smoothie, as they are toxic when consumed raw. See HERE for a study done on elderberries. It's pretty amazing and very informative!

In blender put:
a handful of spinach, approx 2 cups
1/2 cup elderberries, cook for a few minutes first 
1 banana
1 1/2 cup water
1/2 cup ice
optional: 1 12 oz protein shake
- do not use water if using protein shake

Blend until smooth. the elderberries have seeds in them, so blend a bit longer than usual.

Just look at that color!

When this years' harvest time comes around, I will share how to make elderberry syrup to use throughout the winter cold season!

Have you made any smoothies lately? What kind?


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