Enjoy this simple and tasty Immune System Booster smoothie that’s packed with vitamin C, healing herbs and essential vitamins and minerals. You can drink it daily since it’s packed with immune system booster foods that support immunity.
Getting sick is no fun at all. It can mean missing work or activities; plus, who wants to feel yucky anyway? Not us! Let’s talk about how to boost your immune system quickly using whole foods and then give this Mango Ginger Immune Boost Recipe a blend. It was submitted by one of our community rawkstars, Gregory!
I love using natural remedies to ward off sickness and this smoothie is a great place to start.
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Immune System Booster Smoothie Ingredients
A vibrant, refreshing smoothie with ingredients uniquely chosen for their nutrient-dense magic? Sign me up! Here’s what I’m blending (and why):
- Spinach: A powerhouse plant with vitamins A and C as well as a host of antioxidants designed to fight free radicals in the body.
- Celery: This crunchy veggie helps lower inflammation, which needs to happen for your body to focus on fighting illness successfully.
- Fresh Parsley: Parsley supports kidney function by flushing out excess fluid from the body. It’s loaded with vitamin K . A half cup is more than 500% of the daily value. Whoa!
- Cucumber: Unpeeled cucumber contains fiber, vitamin K and antioxidants plus is a great source of hydration.
- Ginger root: If you feel a sniffle or cold coming on then gingerol will help kick that cold to the curb just a bit faster. A little goes a long way with this one! And make sure you use fresh for the best results.
- Mango: Mango provides natural sweetness as well as adds more vitamin C to this smoothie which helps make it enjoyable to drink.
- Lemon: Citrus fruits like lemon are freshest during winter months and packed with vitamin C. Use a whole (peeled) lemon to get nutrients from the white pith as well.
More Immune-Supporting Foods
If you’re looking to stay as healthy as possible this season, focus on consuming these foods on a regular basis. You’ll find fewer illnesses hitting your household and the ones that do won’t hit you as hard or as long if you start fighting back now.
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How to Boost Your System Quickly
When I prioritize my health before illness hits, I find I have a better chance of being less sick or not sick at all, even during the hardest months of the year. Here’s how I choose to give my body a fighting chance during cold and flu season:
- Daily green smoothies: No matter what the day brings, I know I’m starting it the right way with a green smoothie. (If you want a warmer option for winter, try a warm smoothie!)
- Immune system booster foods: I take the above list seriously when it comes to shopping and cooking throughout the winter months.
- Sleep: Take advantage of the shorter sunlight hours and give yourself the gift of sleep. If quality sleep is hard to come by then try a few sleep tips.
- Exercise: When life gets busy, exercise is harder to come by. Setting aside 30 minutes during my lunch break to move (walk, run or yoga) helps make it easier to move my body.
- Natural remedies: At the start of each school year, I make sure I’ve got the following on hand to help the whole family: fire cider, elderberry syrup, natural vapor rub, and honey lemon ginger tea. These support us in sickness and in health!
Immune System Boost Smoothie Recipe
I know this recipe may have some ingredients you aren’t used to blending, but don’t be afraid to give it a try! Let new flavor combinations surprise your senses and support your body in the best way possible.
- Start by blending the leafy greens and liquid. This includes the spinach, celery and parsley leaves. I like to blend these together first since it can take them a while to break down. Feel free to stop your blender and scrape down the sides to make sure you blend all the leafy chunks.
- Add the remaining ingredients and blend again until smooth. This will give you the smoothest, most palatable finished product. Make sure you remove any seeds from the lemon and peel the ginger/chop it for the best results.
Pro tip: use fresh parsley and ginger root for this recipe. Dried herbs don’t have the same nutritional power that fresh ones do, and you want the most bang for your blend to boost that immune system quickly.
Immune System Booster FAQs
Many factors contribute to a healthy immune system: eating a diet rich in whole food, plant-based ingredients, quality sleep, exercise and keeping stress under control. If this sounds like a lot to tackle all at once, I totally get it! Focus on adding more plants to your meals right now, and see if that can help you feel energized and maybe even a little less stressed.
Whole food plants packed with vitamin C. Seriously, skip the supplements and focus on adding fruits and vegetables like citrus fruits, strawberries, dark leafy greens, tomatoes, cauliflower and more.
While you can’t actually ‘change’ your immune system, you CAN do a lot to support it… or not. Focusing on a plant-rich diet, quality sleep and daily exercise (even light!) can help your immune system perform at its best.
More Supportive Smoothies
Try these incredible recipes, all uniquely created to help support your body in various ways:
- Smoothie for Acid Reflux: Sip this soothing smoothie to help combat acid reflux.
- Elderberry Smoothie: Another great immune-support smoothie using elderberry syrup, one of my favorite natural remedies.
- Vitamin C Smoothie Cubes: Pop a few of these vibrant cubes into your next smoothie, or turn them into their own smoothie for a bright vitamin C boost.
- Antioxidant Smoothie Cubes: Harness the power of multiple fruits and veggies with these gorgeous smoothie cubes, full of antioxidants.
- Alkaline Smoothie: Improve hydration on a cellular level with this refreshing beverage.
- Adrenal Fatigue Smoothie: If you feel constant fatigue then this is the smoothie for you!
Don’t forget to leave a rating and review after you’ve given this fantastic smoothie a sip! I love hearing what you think of these creations.
Healthy Immune System Booster
- ¾ cups spinach
- ½ stalk celery
- 2 tbsp fresh parsley leaves only
- 1 cup water
- ½ cucumber peeled
- ¼ inch ginger root peeled and diced
- 1 ½ cups mango frozen
- ½ lemon peeled and seeded
- 1 serving homemade protein powder optional
- Blend spinach, celery, parsley and water until smooth.
- Add the remaining ingredients and blend again.
- Use frozen mango to make a refreshingly cool smoothie.
- Boost this smoothie with one serving of plant-based protein powder to help your body more easily process the natural fruit sugars.
- The stems of parsley are bitter and harder to blend smoothly. Use just leaves to make blending easier.
- Swap spinach with the leafy green of your choice.
I see alot of carbs in the smoothies and I’m worried about sugar content too. I’m trying to lose weight but also eat healthy. I have an autoimmune disease so boosting my system is needed. Any advice?
Hi Missy! I have the #1 fat-burning smoothie for weight loss and a few other smoothie recommendations on there, as well. Also, if you scroll to the bottom of any of the recipes you can see the nutrition info. This makes it easier if you are monitoring your sugar and carbs!
Any tips for combating celery “stringy-ness” in smoothies?
Our number one tip for getting the right smoothie consistency is def to blend your liquid and greens only first. That really gives a chance for your blender to get the greens as smooth as possible. Afterward, add remaining ingredients and blend until smooth. You’re next smoothie is gonna be so yummy Chrystal!!! 🙂
This recipe looked and smelled terrible, but it tasted SO GOOD!!! So glad I decided to try it.
I like mine a little spicy, so I added a 1/2 inch of ginger. I highly recommend if you’re a ginger lover like me. 🙂
This one is one of my faves, Micha! And I’m also a big fan of ginger.
Thank you for sharing this smoothie. Tried it and loved the taste and also knowing that it is good for me. I will definitely start my morning with this immune booster smoothie since my students are coming back into the classroom next week. I have to protect myself and keep my immune system strong and I feel this smoothie will help me stay healthy.
You’re welcome, Wilma! We ❤️ the teachers! Stay safe + healthy. 🙂
Is there any substitute to celery? Thank you!
You can use cucumber or just leave the celery out.
Just what my husband and I needed right now…another tasty and refreshing smoothie.
So glad you enjoyed it, Dieta! 🙂
I wash and freeze my ginger.
When a recipe calls for it, I pull it out and run it over my zester, peel and all.
Then pop the remaining root back into container and in freezer for next time.
Can’t wait to try this smoothie
Kimmi, that’s a great way to store and use ginger! Let us know what you think of this smoothie once you give it a try!
I wasn’t expecting to enjoy this smoothie after looking over the ingredients but, wow!, was I surprised! It is now one of my go-to smoothies! Thank you for an excellent recipe!
Wahoo!! Love hearing that – thanks for sharing! 🙂
My questions is how do you know when you have the right texture when making smoothies. I always feel like I am over doing them and they get to soft and mushy. I really want to start doing more smoothies for the week do you have more receipts.
When blending green smoothies we suggest blending your leafy greens + liquid base first, until your greens resemble a juice consistency. Then add your fruit + veggies. Make sure one of your ingredients are frozen to ensure everything is creamy + chilled to perfection.
Hope that helps!
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Do you have to peel the ginger root?
My favorite way to peel ginger root is to use the edge of a spoon. Simply run your spoon along the root to remove the exterior. Also, a veggie peeler works too!
For this and all other smoothies, are you supposed to peal the kiwi and mango and all other fruits??
Great questions! The peels of fruits offer some major nutrients and are a great option to include in your green smoothie. Here are just a few tips on blending kiwi and mango…
While kiwi peels are high in vitamin C, fiber, and cancer-fighting antioxidants, as well as, anti-inflammatory and anti-allergenic properties, it can be tart. So we suggest starting with a small amount.
When blending the mango skin we suggest selecting your fruit when the fruit is ripe and the skin is at its thinnest. While the mango skin is packed with nutrients, those sensitive to poison ivy or poison oak should avoid eating the skin due to a potential allergic reaction known as “mango itch”.
Hope this helps!
I have been feeling under the weather and my daughter has shared pink eye with me So come Monday morning I am looking to boost immunity and detox some of my symptoms! I was missing cucumber but this recipe still tastes very fresh and the texture is light and creamy. I will make it again tomorrow with cucumber. I hope I can shake some of these bugs in my system!
Oh no! Pink eye added to already being sick does not sound good! We hope you get to feeling better ASAP! Here are a few other ways to boost your immunity and kick this bug to the curb!
Sending you plenty of healing vibes + hope you feel better soon!