Stay Healthy with a Lemon & Ginger Immunity-Boosting Smoothie a Day

Since coronavirus has spread its wings and enveloped the entire world, everyone (including me!) is looking for ways to stay healthy during these unsettling times. I turned to my mother—a medical professional and all-around health nut—and naturally she provided me with an immunity-boosting recipe to keep my body strong and healthy. She told me to get a bag of lemons and a few ginger roots from the store. Next she told me to cut the lemon up, discard the seeds and place the whole thing (rind included) into the blender. Then to peel the skin off a quarter of the ginger root and place it alongside the lemon in the blender. And blend. The mixture was hard to swallow. So I decided to conduct a trial-and-error experiment of my own.

Blending together the ingredients for my new once-a-day immunity-boosting cocktail.
Blending together the ingredients for my new once-a-day immunity-boosting cocktail.

Trial 1: I added a splash of apple cider vinegar and a cup of green tea and a couple handfuls of ice. Unfortunately, the apple cider vinegar only amplified the sour taste, making it even harder to swallow. So I went in search of spices to add a touch of sweetness.

Enter cinnamon and turmeric. Cinnamon boosts the metabolism and adds a touch of sweetness to counteract the sour lemon while turmeric is an anti-inflammatory superfood that helps prevent heart disease and improve symptoms of depression and a variety of other diseases and alignments.

A pinch of turmeric and cinnamon goes a long way.
A pinch of turmeric and cinnamon goes a long way.

Trial 2: I added a pinch of turmeric and cinnamon and played around with proportions before finding my perfect blend. After four tries, viola. I finally got my perfect morning smoothie. Naturally I was eager to share it with all of you!

Ingredients include lemon, ginger, turmeric, cinnamon, brewed green tea, and apple cider vinegar.
Ingredients include lemon, ginger, turmeric, cinnamon, brewed green tea, and apple cider vinegar.

Ingredients

  • 1 whole lemon
  • ¼ of fresh ginger root
  • ¼ – ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar (optional)
  • ½ – 1 cup brewed green tea
  • 2–4 handfuls of ice

Instructions

  1. Cut the lemon into 1-inch slices and discard the seeds.
  2. Peel the skin off the ginger root.
  3. Brew one cup of green tea.
  4. Place lemon, ginger, spices, and liquids into a blender and blend until smooth, adding ice or green tea to obtain desired consistency.

Pro tip: Acids from the lemon and apple cider vinegar wear away enamel. Drink out of a metal straw to prevent tooth and enamel erosion.

Give it a try and let me know how it goes in the comments below!

Until next time,

Leah Pinkus

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