Immune boosting smoothie recipe

Special Immune Boosting Smoothie

POSTED ON 9.2.2020

This immune boosting smoothie recipe employs the natural power of black elderberries, which have nearly double the anthocyanins as other berries.

This immune boosting smoothie recipe employs the natural power of black elderberries, which have nearly double the anthocyanins as other berries. This special type of flavanoid promotes immune support, anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, and anti-cancer benefits. Blended with antioxidant rich fruits to support a healthy immune system, this recipe is a winner.

For a few years, my family had no health insurance and I took a proactive approach to health care. We boosted our immune system to help us not get sick in the first place. From green smoothies to plant based meals to natural remedies— we did anything we could to not get sick….and it worked.

Kids have started going back to school (mine included), restaurants are opening and new COVID cases are still making the headlines, it’s vital to build up your body’s natural defense: the immune system.

One of the key immune supporting ingredients I added to our smoothies was elderberry syrup. I’ve partnered with Sambucol Black Elderberry Syrup to create a tasty immune boosting smoothie recipe.

Where to buy elderberry syrup

You can find Sambucol Elderberry Syrup at Target, Costco, Amazon, major drug stores and also on the Sambucol website. It’s been flying off the shelves since COVID-19 became a pandemic, which is exciting to see more and more people lean towards the natural remedies world.

Enjoy 15% OFF your purchase with code SGS15.

Ingredients in an elderberry smoothie

Benefits of black elderberry syrup

Black elderberries are a natural remedy to boost the immune system. I first learned about it from a friend, who’s mom and grandmother used it. It’s a natural remedy passed on generation to generation because it has been shown to work.

This plant-powered elderberry syrup is rich in a particular antioxidant: flavonoids. Flavonoids help prevent damage from free radicals at the cellular level. A particular flavonoid, anthocyanins, is found heavily in black elderberries.

In fact, the United State Department of Agriculture found that black elderberries contain nearly twice the amount of anthocyanins compared with other berries. Some studies suggest that consuming elderberries can help support and maintain a healthy immune system. Elderberries are also a good source of vitamins A, B, and C, which are also important for immune function.

Immune Boosting Smoothie with Sambucol Elderberry Syrup

Elderberry Syrup in an Immune Boosting Smoothie

I’m sure you’ve noticed my favorite ingredient in this immune boosting smoothie is elderberry syrup. Along with the delicious berry flavor, elderberry syrup is packed with natural health benefits.

It’s important to note that black elderberry syrup is a dietary supplement. It isn’t intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Yet elderberry syrup is a natural remedy that my family has experienced the benefits of and I’m excited to share it with you today.

You can make your own DIY Elderberry Syrup Recipe, yet it takes more time and money. It’s just so convenient to keep Sambucol Elderberry Syrup on hand. Whatever way you go, you can use either syrup interchangeably in this immune boosting smoothie recipe.

Adding elderberry syrup to a smoothie recipe

How to make an Immune Boosting Smoothie

I came up with this unique recipe of fruits and other plants chosen specifically for their immune-supporting properties. I also wanted it to be something that my kids would happily drink. This smoothie does all that with a few fun ingredients.

If you’ve never had a smoothie with dragon fruit, it’s very similar to kiwi both in texture and flavor. A lot of grocery stores now carry frozen puree or cubed dragon fruit. You can use fresh or frozen in this immune boosting smoothie recipe.

Also, I included coconut water because I love that added nutrients. You can easily swap with water or almond milk in this smoothie, if preferred.

Depending on how many you’re making this smoothie for, increase the amount of elderberry syrup accordingly to make sure everyone gets some of it. Plus, the flavor of the elderberries really compliments this smoothie.

For more immune boosting recipes using Elderberry Syrup, check out my Elderberry Smoothie Popsicles and Immune Boosting Smoothie Cubes.

Immune boosting smoothie in a kitchenaid blender
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Immune Boosting Smoothie

  • Author: Jen Hansard
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 serving 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


Give your immune system a boost by blending up this vibrant purple powerhouse smoothie that combines Sambucol black elderberry syrup with antioxidant-rich blackberries and pitaya (dragon fruit). Bottoms up!




  1. Place all ingredients into a blender.
  2. Puree until smooth.
  3. Serve immediately.


  • Other berries can be substituted for the blackberries. We recommend those high in antioxidants such as blueberries, raspberries, or cranberries.
  • Category: Smoothie
  • Method: Blending
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: immune smoothie, blackberry smoothie, elderberry recipe,

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About Jen Hansard

Mom of 2, ran across the Grand Canyon and lover of smoothies, coffee & tacos. I transformed my family's health with a plant-based diet. I also found myself again along the way.

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  1. Dawn says:

    Ha! It was easier finding dragon fruit than it was trying to find blackberries!

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      That’s crazy!! Yet, after a recent trip to our store, totally see that making sense. Be sure to check the frozen food section for anything hard to find fresh.

  2. Judith Walter says:

    I made my own elderberry syrup and made the smoothie.
    Excellent taste

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      Judith – you put the rawk in rawkstar!! So glad you loved the smoothie! 🙂

  3. David Bickel says:

    Sounds really good. I’d like to try it. I am going to double the recipe for my wife as well for myself.

  4. Christine says:

    I took a week off from work and in that week I heard that another coworker’s family member was sick with COVID. I work in a hospital. So going back I felt like I needed to give myself an immune boost. I remembered an email that had this recipe and was So excited to try it. I really really like it! Got all my littles to try it and it’s kid approved too! I’m going to add this to my Breakfast smoothie rotation a 2-3 times a week. Thanks Jen for making this former picky eater try new things!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      I love hearing that you’re a former picky eater, Christine! So glad you and your family loved this recipe. Stay healthy!! 🙂

  5. Mary says:

    Today i used blueberries&yesterday i used cranberries.i also used low fat coconut milk.i have covid so immune boosting foods are a great help.i feel so much better using immune support supplements.i avoided the hospital .im also taking zinc,vitamin c &,extra vit.d.

  6. Betsy Cohen says:

    Immune boosting smoothies are imperative during this COVID19 era. Especially those of us with risk factors. THANKS for the recipe!

  7. Beata says:

    Sounds yummy although dragon fruit is hard to get hold of in the UK. What could I substitute it with? I don’t think I’ve actually ever tried it so have no idea what it tastes like and what would be a good replacement to achieve similar flavour.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Hi Beata! Good question! Kiwi is very similar in both taste + texture to dragon fruit. Hopefully you have an easier time finding kiwifruit at your local market. 🙂

  8. Tricia S. says:

    Love this smoothie! With my kids going back to school and with the pandemic, I thought it would be good to boost my immunity. I was pleasantly surprised that it tastes really good.

  9. Kate T says:

    This looks awesome! Gotta get some dragonfruit. I buy elderberry syrup from a local shop.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      I get mine from a local shop, also. 🙂 This is a great smoothie, after you make it come back and let us know what you think!

  10. Judith Trudeau says:

    Delicious and good for you at the same time. What better way to improve your overall health and reinforce your immune system at the same time. I can tell the difference when I take the Elderberry because I don’t feel rundown.

  11. Megan W. says:

    Love this! Thanks so much for sharing. My sister has raved about elderberry syrup for YEARS now and I’ve been looking for a fun way to incorporate it into my diet.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      You definitely need to try this recipe, then! It’s a delicious and colorful way to incorporate elderberry syrup into your diet! 🙂

  12. Tiffany says:

    I was diagnosed with an autoimmune 6 years ago and it’s a struggle to keep my immune system up. I’m always working on boosting my immune system so that the systems of my condition don’t return.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      I’m sorry to hear this, Tiffany. This recipe is a great one to have in your arsenal to help you support your immune system and keep it strong. 🙂

  13. Kim says:

    So yummy!! Nice to know that it’s good for me too!!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Delicious, immunity-boosting, and such a pretty color! What a trifecta. 😀

  14. Delores says:

    Thank you for this recipe. During this age where we need to be intentional about boosting our immune system, it is nice to have additional recipes in our arsenal!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      You’re welcome, Delores! This is def a great recipe to have in your stockpile of immunity-boosting items!

  15. Beth Rudolf says:

    I live in Oakland, Ca and we’ve had ash falling from the sky for two days due to smoke from all the raging fires. That, paired with increased stress due to these crazy times, necessitates extra measures to boost our immune systems.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Hey Beth, I’m sorry to hear you are in the range of the fires, smoke, and ash. Your comment couldn’t be more true; we all need strong immune systems now more than ever. Stay safe!

  16. Shelia F. says:

    Hello, I love your challenges and I love and have your Simple Green Smoothies and Simple Green meals book. And I just recently purchased the Simple Green protein powder. Being able to incorporate the elderberry in the smoothies would be an added bonus to help keep my immune system up, especially now that I have a new granddaughter around. I have to deal with an autoimmune disorder, so I could use the added immune boost.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Thank you for all the SGS love, Shelia! Elderberry syrup + this awesome smoothie are both great ways to strengthen and support your immune system, especially since you want to stay healthy for your new grandbaby! 🙂

  17. Arlene says:

    With all this nonsense going on now with COVID, we can use all the elderberry help we can get!

  18. Donna says:

    I truly can use all the support I can get. With a puny immune system ( the doctor said I don’t have enough soldiers and those I have are doing a lousy job) coupled with arthritis and chronic lymphatic leukemia, my immune system is challenged every day. Throw in COVID and the state of our nation to the mix, I would appreciate any help. Thank you and stay safe.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      This smoothie will help support those soldiers so they can work harder and do a better job! Take care of yourself and stay healthy, Donna!

  19. Mary says:

    I’ve heard such amazing things about it. And your post helps me understand better the benefits. I’ve never tried it but sure would love to. I’m almost 68 and really trying to get more healthy. Thank you for sharing all you do! It’s wonderful to have access to this information.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      So glad we could help you learn more about the amazing benefits of elderberries!

  20. Christine Lynch says:

    Love your recipes Jen! I am a young/old lady on Medicare… Trying to do all I can to stay healthy. My daughter is a PA and works in our hospital ER… We are both trying to boost our immunity now more than ever. Your delicious easy recipes make this fun and easier to accomplish!! Keep this deliciousness coming!! Stay well honey !

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      So glad our recipes are helping you and your daughter keep your immune systems strong, Christine! Stay healthy! 🙂

  21. Julie Sellers says:

    I’m caring for grandchildren who are in the public school system and would love an extra immune boost for all of us. Thanks for how you love and support this group!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Elderberry syrup + this smoothie would def provide a great extra boost for all the kids going back to in-person school!

  22. Adele Restrepo says:

    I’m a teacher working with lots of students in vulnerable communities. Keeping my immune system up makes a huge difference in my ability to serve my community!

  23. Cheryl says:

    I’ve heard great things about Elderberry syrup, but have never tried it. This needs to go on my stay healthy list.

  24. Amanda says:

    I want to boost my immune system because I am pregnant with twins! I am also breastfeeding my other child right now. With Covid19 going on, I have to be really careful to not get sick and to keep taking care of myself to stay healthy. I love smoothies every morning and having this elderberry immune booster would be amazing!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      This smoothie is a great way to keep your immune system strong!

  25. Judith Walter says:

    OMG!!! Tastes great. I started using the syrup at the start of Covid-19 and I didn’t get it. Nice to have an immune boosting smoothie that tastes great. Thanks

  26. Gus says:

    I’m glad Chris did. She goes rapidly into pneumonia. This time didn’t. From a thankful husband. Gus

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      That’s great, Gus. I’m really glad the elderberry syrup made such a difference for Chris! 🙂

  27. Chris Eller Esparza says:

    I am an elderberry convert. Each year I have bronchitis and if I don’t get an antibiotic it goes quickly to pneumonia. Last year as I felt the tingling in my throat and then the soreness starting I chose to try an elderberry drink before going for an antibotic. For me, my throat was soothed and the bronchitis didn’t progress. I’m so thrilled with this that I’m planting an elderberry bush in my garden!

  28. Sandy Cox says:

    I became a black elderberry believer this past winter. After trying all kinds of over the counter medicines to relieve cough and overall sickness to no avail, my daughter-in-law brought me a bottle of black elderberry syrup. 1 day later, cough was gone and by day 3 I considered myself A-OK.

  29. Sarah Brandoff says:

    I have tried to use this stay-at-home spring/summer to improve myself with a substantially plant based whole food diet, yoga, now boot camp, becoming organized, spending more time on activities that nourish and fulfill. It hasn’t been a straight line of progress but I am committed to trying each day. I have made plenty of mistakes and it is hard to let go of old habits that do not serve my interests. I’ve enjoyed trying new things… elderberries and elderberry syrup have always been a mystery to me!

  30. Laura Jankowski says:

    I have come off chemo treatment and I am trying to build my immunity back up to fight off this years virus. I was not so lucky last year I was hospitalized on the first of January for pneumonia in both lungs. I really don’t want to go through that this year. I have been making the smoothies every day with the great recipes that are on this site. I have alway tried to eat right and get plenty of fruits and vegetables, but the smoothies bring it over the top. I like to put the greens in my smoothies and a banana, with the kombucha, and any other fruit in the fridge. It does make you more aware of what you are putting in your body. This leads me into putting Elderberry into my body too. I think it would be a great addition to my daily smoothie routine. Thank you for your website.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Good for you for making smoothies every day! They will be a great help to you as you build your immune system back up. Stay safe + healthy, Laura!

  31. Madonna Stairs says:

    My family has taken on a renewed interest in all things healthy. As I am the primary “chief cook and bottle washer” I want to provide all the immune boosting options I can. This is just one more check box in the pursuit of family health!

  32. Casey White says:

    Staying healthy is sooo important. But right now, it’s even more important to me, as a business owner who is struggling to come back from several months of being closed, getting sick would require me to shut down again, and possibly cause my business to close forever. Having recipes like this to help me stay healthy are super important.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Stay healthy, Casey! We’re all hoping you don’t have to shut down again.

  33. Sheila says:

    I want nothing more but to take care of myself in any way possible and elderberries are a gem to make that happen!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      Elderberries really are an amazing little superfood! 🙂

  34. Celinda Sarabia says:

    I was introduced to the Elderberry gummies by my niece, Now I would LOVE to try out the Black Elderberry Syrup. Can’t wait to try this recipe, I’ve changed my eating habits and started exercising just to keep my immune system up and of course staying healthy during this pandemic. Also, another reason to keep my immune system healthy is because I’m the one who goes grocery shopping for my elderly parents and for my daughter who is pregnant. Again, thank you for sharing the recipe. 😀

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      You’re welcome, Celinda! Stay safe + healthy as you take care of your family and go out to do the shopping for everyone. Kudos to you for being a great daughter & mom!

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