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Immune Booster Smoothie

October 26, 2014

One simple, delicious smoothie with a powerful immune boosting punch from elderberries, vitamin C, and gut building probiotics! Very kid friendly in taste too!

Immune Booster Smoothie

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I am pretty sure every library storytime and preschool drop off we have been to this fall there are one or two kids there with croupy coughs and drippy noses. And in the 2 months since kindergarten started, I have already had reports from my “little momma” that so-and-so was out sick today, emails sent home about pink eye, and on and on.

Since I don’t have a newborn this year, I’m still getting the girls out and about, and I’m really not sweating it. I know my kids’ bodies are ready to fight infection, and I don’t want them kept in a bubble.

We will, and certainly have, come in contact with cold bugs, and probably even the flu. My goal in the fall and most of the winter is getting immune supporting bone broth in the girls daily. Whether in soups or mugs, bone broth is my weapon of choice to battle bugs.

Sometimes, however, I feel we just need a big boost in addition to that. If it has been a long week and I know the girls are tired or run down. If I know there is a cold or flu bug going through the classroom that my daughter spends 7 hours a day in. Or that kid from library time that just loves babies gives her a runny nosed hug.

Immune Booster Smoothie
This immune booster smoothie is great for breakfast or lunch. Full of friendly fats from coconut oil and whole raw milk, and filling protein and gut supporting grassfed collagen. You could also freeze it into popsicles!

IMMUNE BOOSTING PLAYERS:

  • VITAMIN C: Vitamin C supports the immune system, and when you source it right, it really can enhance your body’s ability to fight infection fast. Please note just simple ascorbic acid is not what we are talking about here. You can read more about why the type of vitamin C you supplement with is so important HERE.
  • PROBIOTICS: Since your immune system resides mostly in the gut, having your good bacteria up to par is very important. There needs to be balance in the bacteria population so I like to rotate our probiotics to introduce new gut flora. I like to start with THIS one, and then rotate with THIS, and then THIS.
  • ELDERBERRY SYRUP: Specifically beneficial in helping support the body during viruses, elderberry syrup is great for colds and flu. It also has a very pleasant taste so it helps sweeten the smoothie.

Immune Booster Smoothie

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Immune Booster Smoothie
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Ingredients
  • ¾ cup frozen organic blueberries (could use any frozen berries)
  • 1 cup whole, raw milk, yogurt, or coconut milk (water works too in a pinch)
  • 1-2 TB organic coconut oil, melted (depending on your taste)
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • 2 TB cold soluble grassfed collegen (See Tips section for more info on this)
  • 1 TB homemade elderberry syrup (if using store bought, follow the serving directions for 1 dose)
  • Vitamin C & probiotics per supplement dosing directions
Instructions
  1. Everything into your blender and blend until smooth.

Tips:

  • This makes 1 “adult” sized smoothie – my 3 and 5 year olds split one. I have been making a little extra for my 1 year old to have and she has been really liking them.
  • I really love having the cold soluable grassfed collagen around for smoothies. Not only does it give a protein source to smoothies very easily (just dump it in!), it is also very helpful in restoring gut lining to normal.
  • Add or subtract the supplements as you feel necessary. You can read more about the vitamin C I like to use for immune boosting HERE.
  • If your kiddo is already feeling ill, you can make the smoothie on the blander side if they are recovering but can still get a small amount of food in. Leave out the milk and use water. Maybe back off on the coconut oil. Maybe add a pinch of sea salt to add some minerals for electrolyte balance.
  • I just use my simple Magic Bullet to blend this all up! This serving fits perfectly!

This post was shared at Fat Tuesday, Real Food Wednesday, and Allergy Free Wednesday!

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29 Comments

  • Reply Raia October 27, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    I love it when things are healthy *and* delicious! :)

  • Reply Marjorie October 28, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    I love adding gelatin to my smoothies. And the idea to add elderberry syrup is great! I’ll have to try this one out!

  • Reply Kim October 28, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    I’m battling the crud as we speak. I need to make this often to survive this season. Thanks for the recipe!!

  • Reply Rachel @ day2dayjoys October 28, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    This would be great for my kids! :)

  • Reply Jennifer Margulis October 28, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    Such a great recipe. I shared it on my FB page!

  • Reply Daja at The Provision Room October 28, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    <3 this! This is the perfect way to start the day!

  • Reply Emily @ Recipes to Nourish October 28, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    I love this! Gotta love those immune boosting ingredients, especially the Elderberry syrup and the collagen.

  • Reply linda spiker October 28, 2014 at 7:33 pm

    Love the color and the cute bottle!

  • Reply Trish October 28, 2014 at 9:25 pm

    I make these often and have great success healing my kids!! Thank you! Trish

  • Reply Trish October 28, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    I have had much success with these kinds of smoothies with my children. Thank you! Trish

  • Reply Anni October 29, 2014 at 11:16 am

    I’ve actually never added collagen to my smoothies. Added protein sounds like a good idea! There seems to be a lot of sickness going around the town right now (flue & respiratory stuff, mostly) so this is timely!

  • Reply Loriel October 29, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    What a great way to take more elderberry syrup during this season. Yum!

  • Reply Anna @Green Talk October 29, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    Just bought collagen. Never thought to put it in my smoothies. Great recipe.

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    I was just thinking on creating a smoothie with elderberry…and then I saw this! Awesome…featuring this this week, thanks for sharing it with us!

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  • Reply Ashley Willcox September 25, 2015 at 10:30 am

    I am curious about the multivitamin your kids take. You said it contained Vitamin C, which is not the same as citric acid, correct? I read in the reviews that they changed the formula, removing a number of controversial ingredients, but seemingly adding a lot more, including cane sugar and citric acid. They also said the new formula doesn’t taste good. I noticed you posted this after the formula change, and was wondering your thoughts on those things? I am looking for a kids’ multi that specifically does NOT contain folic acid, but true folate instead.

    • Reply Renee Kohley September 26, 2015 at 12:37 pm

      Hi Ashley! That’s a great question! Yes since the publish date of this post there are some things that have changed in the formula of the multi. Also, since the publish date of this post I am approaching supplements a little differently with my kids now that I am working with an NTP for my supplement needs. I do still give these multivitamins to my kids especially during the school year, however I give them a separate whole food vitamin C (the C in the GOL multi is still a whole food source by the way – not ascorbic acid so it is good just not enough for immune boosting – the citric acid you are referring to is in the coating to make it shelf stable – not for vitamin C sourcing – their C sourcing is whole food.), the folic acid in this multi is in the form of folate which is important to me too – believe me I have checked :) I have MTHFR mutations so I know it is possible my girls do to so folate is importa to me as well. my supplement needs. I am not concerned about the sugar – it is in the form of sucanant first of all not just processed cane sugar – sucanat is raw unprocessed sugar. And to be honest I would rather my kids be ingesting a food like sucanat than xylitol. It is also just so minute and my kids don’t have sugar anyway other than that so I’m just not concerned. It is a good product ingredient-wise for a multi so, yes I am still ok with it. I am however approaching the multi thing differently once my kids can can swallow pills (which right now is only my 6 year old) I am switching to using grassfed beef liver pills instead of multis per my NTP’s suggestion. They contain more vitamins and minerals that our bodies need in a real food way. She also drinks nettles tea infusions most days of the week that provide numerous minerals as well. This is how my NTP has me doing things so I’m just doing it that way once the girls can swallow – my 4 year old can swallow a small probiotic pill but the liver pills are a little bigger. I hope this helps a little :)

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