Cold & Flu Season Smoothie

Cold & Flu Season Smoothie

This post was sponsored by NutriBullet. All opinions—as always!—are my own. I appreciate your support of the brands that make this blog possible.

A timely post, considering I’m on Day 7 of my battle with the flu. At this point, the fever is long gone, but I’ve got no energy, some serious congestion, and a gnarly cough that won’t quit. I’m trying to flood my body with fluids, vitamins and minerals to support the healing process, and this cold & flu season smoothie was made with that very purpose.

Before we break down the ingredients, I want to talk about how I did the *literal* break down: The NutriBullet Balance. This is one seriously cool kitchen gadget. The quality and functionality are great—it easily blended all the ingredients, both frozen and soft—but its abilities go far beyond that. 

The nutrient extractor syncs to the NutriBullet smartphone app (available in the App Store and on Google Play) via bluetooth. In the app, you can pick from a ton of existing recipes or create your own. The NutriBullet Balance acts as a scale as you add ingredients, precisely tracking in real time how much you’ve put in, and displaying the information for you on your phone.

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I’ve mentioned that I don’t personally track nutritional info or calories of food I eat, but if you do, this app-extractor duo is right up your alley. And if you’re like me, the functionality is still pretty awesome because it automatically tracks amounts of ingredients so that you can easily save recipes for later. When I make smoothies, I typically just dump unmeasured handfuls of ingredients in and hope for the best. This way, when it’s a winning combination, I’ll know exactly how to recreate it.

To see the NutriBullet Balance in action with the app, check out the quick video I put together below:

Cold & Flu Season Smoothie

This citrus zinger of a smoothie contains oranges for their Vitamin C, turmeric for its anti-inflammatory properties, and the ginger and lemon duo for an added boost to the immune system. Typically I use frozen bananas to thicken smoothies, but I wanted to keep the sugar content down given I’m sick and went with frozen zucchini instead. If you want a sweeter drink though, go with banana.

Cold & Flu Season Smoothie

Cold & Flu Season Smoothie

Yield: 1 smoothie

Cold & Flu Season Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 orange, peeled
  • 1 lemon, peeled
  • 1 frozen zucchini
  • ½ cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • ½ inch fresh ginger root
  • ½ inch fresh turmeric root

Instructions

  1. The night before, chop up a zucchini, place in a sealed container, and place in freezer.
  2. Put all ingredients in the NutriBullet Balance extractor and blend until smooth.
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Cold & Flu Season Smoothie

To find out more about the NutriBullet Balance, visit their website. I hope you all are staying healthy this cold & flu season! Whether you are or, like me, have fallen victim to the flu, be sure to give this smoothie a try.

Cold & Flu Season Smoothie

xo Nicole

PB&J Smoothies for Two

PB&J smoothies for two! Keep it simple or try topping with granola and a peanut butter drizzle (yes, please!)

This post was sponsored by MegaFood. All opinions—as always!—are my own. I appreciate your support of the brands that make this blog possible. 🙂

The other day as we were making breakfast, Joe turned to me and asked, “Is it ratchet that I like peanut butter better than almond butter?” [insert cry-laughing emoji here]. It is true that in the wellness world over the past few years, almond and artisanal nut butters have been getting all the attention while peanut butter has been almost shunned as the less healthy step-sibling. Lest we forget how delicious peanut butter is in the era of homemade almond-hazelnut-cinnamon-matcha-elderberry butters, here’s a PB&J smoothie recipe. Because almond-hazelnut-cinnamon-matcha-elderberry butter and jelly (AHCMEB&J) just doesn’t have the same ring to it.

PB&J smoothies for two! Keep it simple or try topping with granola and a peanut butter drizzle (yes, please!)

These PB&J smoothies for two are simple to make (just five ingredients), but I’d encourage you to get creative with the toppings if you’re looking for a more filling breakfast. I topped mine with fresh strawberries, granola and a peanut butter drizzle. So. Good.

PB&J smoothies for two! Keep it simple or try topping with granola and a peanut butter drizzle (yes, please!) PB&J smoothies for two! Keep it simple or try topping with granola and a peanut butter drizzle (yes, please!)

I love MegaFood’s Daily Nutrient Booster Powders for adding to smoothies (you can check out other recipes I’ve posted using them here, here and here). I added their Daily C-Protect to today’s smoothie because immunity support never hurts during a change of seasons. This booster powder is made with organic oranges from Uncle Matt’s Farm. It contains FoodState® Vitamin C and farm-fresh blueberries and cranberries, providing phytonutrients such as bioflavonoids and anthocyanins which function as powerful antioxidants.* In addition, it contains organic Astragalus and Schisandra Berry. These herbs have been traditionally used for their immune-supportive properties.*

PB&J smoothies for two! Keep it simple or try topping with granola and a peanut butter drizzle (yes, please!)

PB&J Smoothies for Two

Yield: 2 smoothies

PB&J Smoothies for Two

Ingredients

  • 2 cups frozen strawberries
  • 1 1/2 cups almond milk (unsweetened)
  • 1 banana
  • 2 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 scoop Daily C-Protect
  • Optional toppings:
  • Granola
  • Fresh strawberries
  • Peanut butter drizzle

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and combine until smooth.
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PB&J smoothies for two! Keep it simple or try topping with granola and a peanut butter drizzle (yes, please!) PB&J smoothies for two! Keep it simple or try topping with granola and a peanut butter drizzle (yes, please!)

*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Peanut Butter Protein Acai Bowl

Peanut Butter Protein Acai Bowl - love smoothies but finish them feeling unsatisfied? Add some peanut butter, protein powder and a spoon for a refreshing but filling breakfast.

I love smoothies as much as the next basic betch, but rarely do I feel satisfied when I drink one alone for breakfast. It’s not that they can’t contain all the goodies you need for a healthy breakfast, it’s just that I haven’t chewed anything. Cue my obsession with smoothie BOWLS. Exact same ingredients just with a little granola on top and a spoon—makes all the difference. Try this peanut butter protein acai bowl the next time you want to eat your morning smoothie.

Peanut Butter Protein Acai Bowl - love smoothies but finish them feeling unsatisfied? Add some peanut butter, protein powder and a spoon for a refreshing but filling breakfast.

Peanut Butter Protein Acai Bowl

Yield: 1 bowl

Peanut Butter Protein Acai Bowl

Ingredients

  • 1 frozen pack acai (I use 100g packs from Sambazon that you can find at Whole Foods)
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup frozen or fresh blueberries (I like my bowls thick so I usually do frozen)
  • 1/4 cup almond milk (+1-2 tbsp to reach desired consistency)
  • 2 tbsp vanilla protein powder
  • 2 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 handful spinach (optional)*
  • Topping of choice (granola, fresh fruit, shredded coconut, peanut butter drizzle, etc.)

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to a blender. If you have an older blender, it can be helpful to break the acai pack up into chunks beforehand. Start with 1/4 cup of almond milk and if the consistency is too thick, add 1 tbsp at a time until it's at your desired thickness.
  2. Get creative with your toppings. Granola, fresh fruit, dried fruit, shredded coconut, etc.

Notes

*Adding spinach will slightly dull the vibrant purple color of your smoothie bowl. Don't be alarmed if it doesn't look like mine does in the pictures—it'll still be delicious (and have that leafy green nutritional boost!).

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Peanut Butter Protein Acai Bowl - love smoothies but finish them feeling unsatisfied? Add some peanut butter, protein powder and a spoon for a refreshing but filling breakfast.

For the protein powder, I use this raw, plant-based one from Garden of Life. I add protein to smoothies and drinks maaaaybe once a week, if that, so I certainly don’t have an expert opinion on brands, but I do think this one is really yummy if you’re looking for a recommendation! You could also totally make this peanut butter protein acai bowl without the protein powder.

Peanut Butter Protein Acai Bowl - love smoothies but finish them feeling unsatisfied? Add some peanut butter, protein powder and a spoon for a refreshing but filling breakfast.

Some other acai recipes from the archives:

Any time I do a gallery of images like this, I always laugh at how bad my photography skills used to be. I’m no pro now, but jeeze, it looks like I took those early pictures with a throwaway camera in a dark basement (lol).

Happy Sunday, friends!