How to add Immune boosting Elderberries to your diet: Elderberry Smoothie

raspberry kefir smoothie with elderberry syrup

Recipe for Immune Boosting Elderberry Smoothie

With this years cold and flu season being a doozy it’s a good idea to do what we can to keep ourselves and family healthy and strong so we can have the best chance of fighting free radicals and the common cold and flu. Besides taking the obvious precautions, washing hands, using an alcohol based hand sanitizer when out, and not touching your face, it’s important to get enough rest, exercise, and of course ~ eat well.  We’ve added this raspberry smoothie to the menu several times a week.  It’s a powerhouse of nutrition, read on!

Immune Boosting Elderberry Smoothie: “keep us well” ingredients

  • Camu camu

There are numerous studies and claims about the fruit camu camu. Along with other antioxidants, camu is a fruit that contains one of the highest levels of vitamin C on the planet.  It can have almost 60 times more vitamin C and an orange or lemon.  Some studies suggest camu camu can improve gut health and boost immune function by helping to fight free radicals that the body comes in contact with on the daily basis. Camu powder is a potent antioxidant and should not be used in excess.  Follow usage instructions and always let your healthcare provider know what supplements you’re taking.

How to use camu camu powder

Try adding a teaspoon to drinks and smoothies or mixing with yogurt or oatmeal. By itself it doesn’t taste good so have your favorite sweetener on hand to make it palatable.  Cooking camu camu at high temperatures can destroy valuable nutrients so for that reason I do not heat mine.  Remember that this is a supplement and if it’s strong enough to help it could potentially hurt when not used properly so always for directions for proper usage and let your healthcare provider know what you’re taking.  We add camu camu powder to our raspberry kefir smoothie a couple times a week for a extra antioxidants and probiotics.

  • Elderberries

The berries and flowers of elderberry are packed full of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that may boost your immune system and help fight inflammation.  Although studies are not yet conclusive if you’d like to give a little extra boost to your immune system, many doctors say it’s safe to take elderberry as part of an otherwise healthy diet that includes nutrient rich foods. For more information on elderberries including studies, contraindications, and a simple recipe for making your own syrup, read this blog post.

Recipe for Immune Boosting Elderberry Smoothie

  1. Add a heaping cup of fresh or frozen berries to your Nutribullet or Vitamix blender.
  2. Next, add plain kefir or a nut milk, along with a teaspoon of camu camu powder.  If you don’t have homemade elderberry syrup head of to my blog post to read the recipe.  It’s so easy to make!  You can also use an elderberry powder if you’d like.  I will caution you that powders sometimes get cakey but they are still fine to use. Because both elderberry syrup and camu powder are not sweetened you will need to add honey to make your smoothie taste good.  Begin with a tablespoon of honey and add more if needed.  Blend up your ingredients and enjoy as a snack or part of a balanced breakfast.
raspberry kefir smoothie with elderberry syrup and camu camu powder

Head over to this blog post to learn how to make Elderberry Syrup.

raspberry kefir smoothie with elderberry syrup

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Raspberry Kefir Smoothie with Elderberry Syrup

Easy to make and packed full of vitamin C and other antioxidants to boost immunity.

Course Breakfast, Snack
Servings 1 serving
Author www.lemongrovelane.com

Ingredients

  • 6 ounces Unsweetened Kefir
  • 1 tsp Camu Camu powder
  • 1 tbsp Elderberry Syrup
  • 1 tbsp Honey
  • 1 cup Raspberries

Instructions

  1. Add berries and kefir to your Vitamix.

  2. Measure out elderberry syrup and camu powder, add to your blender.

  3. Mix until blended and pour into a mason jar or glass of choice. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

We enjoy this smoothie as a snack or supplement to breakfast.  Add extra honey as needed for sweetening.  Try using blueberries and banana for something a little different. Fresh or frozen fruit works well.  If you don’t have elderberry syrup, an easy recipe can be found here.  Alternatively you can add elderberry in powder form.  More information is on the blog.  

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