More than ever, I want to keep my immune system strong.
I think I am with so many others who are in a state of disbelief and feeling very scared at the same time. The reality that we have to shelter, as well as wondering if the virus is going to strike our families, can feel terrifying. We are not in control of these circumstances right now.
Yet, there is one key factor in all of this, that we can control, and that is what we feed our bodies with. I have been seeing a lot of social media posts with people’s “cocktail of the day”, just to cope. Or quarantine recipes that are full of gut bomb ingredients and loads of sugar, another coping mechanism so many of us tend to turn to.
I get it. These are fast, short term fixes for an overwhelming problem, and right now, we are definitely drowning in an overwhelming problem. I do know from experience that it never works. You cannot drink or eat your way out of stress, and alcohol and sugar are some of the worst stress offenders. Stress, in turn, is terrible for your immune system.
I am allowing myself a cookie here and there (knowing that the cookie is not making this go away), but I am focusing full time on helping my stress and supporting my immune system. Because this isn’t going away overnight. I have been making a big container of my Orange Carrot Smoothie because it is so full of immune boosting nutrients, and it also happens to taste delicious. I wrote in another post that the ingredients in here are exactly what you need to keep yourself strong – oranges, lemon, yogurt, ginger, a dash of turmeric and carrots.
The other day I doubled the recipe and it made 4 smoothies. Into mason jars and into the refrigerator it went for my whole family to share. Try it, I think you will feel great knowing you are doing something to help your health and stress in this turbulent time.
Carrot Orange Smoothie with Ginger
Makes 2 smoothies
1 large carrot, peeled and chopped coarse
1 navel orange, peeled and cut in half
½ lemon, peeled
1 slice of fresh ginger
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
2 dried, pitted dates
½ cup unsweetened plain yogurt
1 cup cold water
Place all the ingredients in a Vitamix or blender (starting with liquid first) and blend for about a minute.