Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Zesty Citrus Immune Booster Smoothie

Photo Credit: Kathie Austin Photography
Just before the winter break, The Favorite Son was under the weather and, for the first time this year, missed a day of school. He had a  cough and a little fever and didn't feel very well, poor little guy. I'd picked him up from school early the previous day and, after waking up at his regular time, he went back to sleep for a few hours.

Of course, I think we generally eat fairly healthy stuff. However, when The Favorite Son got up again around 10:30 a.m., I wanted to give him an extra little boost of vitamins to help his immune system and his little body get over his cold. Of course, for his benefit and for mine, I wanted to get him back in school. Using the "lemon and honey" home remedy as a foundation, I concocted a healthy, zesty, citrusy smoothie for the little man and me.

Zesty Citrus Immune Booster Smoothie

12 ounces of sugar-free lemonade
3 peeled oranges
1/2 lemon, rind on
8 ounces of frozen strawberries
2 tablespoons of honey

Blend for thirty seconds or until ingredients are smooth. Makes about 36 ounces or about three, frosty, twelve ounce beverages, each of which contain 233% of the recommended daily allowance of vitamin C and fewer than 150 calories!
I don’t pretend to have the cure for the common cold, but The Favorite Son felt a lot better the next day and went back to school. His recovery was likely a combination of factors, including a relatively mild bug that caused symptoms and a little boy who has a strong immune system. Of course, the foundation for healthy kids includes a regular healthy diet featuring abundant fruits and vegetables, lean meats, and moderate servings of carbohydrate and fat laden foods is a good place to start.

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MariaR said...

Hi, sounds like a delicious smoothie! I have a question, do you put the whole half lemon in the blenders? How does that blend up? Thank you

About Matthew said...

Hi, MariaR.

My blender is nothing special and the half lemon including the rind is unrecognizeable in the smoothie. It adds both a little bit of a unique flavor and boosts the vitamin C, potassium, and fiber content. The latter, of course, helps the person enjoying the the drink feel fuller, longer.