Everyone dreads the flu season. And when we enter the cold rainy seasons its almost inevitable. This is the time when you actually load up on your vitamin C. Increase your uptake of Vitamin and you do increase your immunity.

Vitamin C or Ascorbic Acid is water soluble and one of the least stable of the Vitamins. Within four hours of consuming vitamin C, it is excreted from the body. Did you know that when you are stressed you burn up through your Vitamin C reserves very quickly? That is why in such times of excess stress one becomes more susceptible to catch infections.

So its important to constantly load up on Vitamin C as well as for your children. The next few recipes will have a major focus on this. The first one is my flu busting smoothie. The first time I was testing the recipe it was bad! It was really bitter from the lemon and ginger combination. So I tested it again, adding more sweet with banana and honey, and I ommited the lemon and instead put mint. Success!

And this is the kind of smoothie your kids can take. You can hardly taste the ginger, but it can have texture so its important to run it through your blender a little longer until smooth if you dont have a high speed blender. Every ingredient in this delicious smoothie is health supportive. Strawberries, Oranges, bananas and ginger all have Vitamin C. Mint helps alleviate fatigue, raw honey has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. The cayenne pepper is an interesting one it has anti bacterial properties and is also a powerful spice helping in detox. But remember a little goes a long way with this spice!

[lt_recipe name=”Flu busting smoothie” servings=”2″ prep_time=”10″ cook_time=”5″ total_time=”15″ difficulty=”Easy” print=”yes” ingredients=”2 bananas;2 oranges, peeled ;1 cup almond milk or coconut milk;1 cup strawberries;2 tablespoons raw honey ;Handful of mint leaves;2 teaspoons of grated ginger;Dash of cayenne pepper” ]Put all the ingredients in your high speed blender and blend until smooth;If you dont have a high speed blender begin by processing oranges, mints, ginger and the milk. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend for another 6-8 minutes or until completely smooth;Garnish with some kiwi and mint and serve. [/lt_recipe]

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