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7 Immune Boosting Recipes

Updated on April 7, 2020
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I am a long-time vegan/vegetarian foodie and enjoy cooking with a variety of fresh, whole foods. Flavorful recipes with low effort are key!

Easy, Immune-Boosting Recipes You Can Make At Home

These are recipes that my friends and family have used for years as they include foods that are believed to possess ingredients that strengthen our immune systems. When cold and flu season hits we make these recipes on a weekly basis.

These recipes don't require any fancy equipment; you most likely have all the appliances you need in your home kitchen already! Additionally, the whole foods and ingredients you need to make the recipes included in this round are highly accessible at most national chain grocery stores.

#1 Banana Yogurt Orange Smoothie

Yogurt adds probiotics, bananas add sweetness, and oranges add vitamin C!
Yogurt adds probiotics, bananas add sweetness, and oranges add vitamin C!

Smoothies are easy breakfast and afternoon snack options for you and your kids. Another benefit of making smoothies is the ability to include a variety of fruits, vegetables, and other healthy foods.

I really like that this smoothie has yogurt and doesn't call for any added sugar. The banana used in this smoothie recipe will help to naturally sweeten this drink. Smoothies are also forgiving. For example, if you don't have all the ingredients listed it's easy to make alterations to the base recipe.

Get the recipe I have used to make orange smoothies here.

#2 Green Kale Juice

When kale gained popularity and everyone was drinking green juices a few years back, I was very hesitant! I was skeptical of the juice actually tasting good and if my husband and kids would drink it.

I really enjoy the flavor of basil- in pesto sauces, in pasta, in hummus, and in other things so I was intrigued by this kale juice recipe. It actually tastes great! The apple sweetens it up, and the lime and basil add interesting flavors that help hide the taste of kale.

Get the recipe for kale juice here.

Fresh kale juice is easy to make in a blender or a juicer.
Fresh kale juice is easy to make in a blender or a juicer.

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#3 Orange Carrot Juice

Make fresh orange juice with carrots!
Make fresh orange juice with carrots!

Orange juice is treasured among families as a great beverage to start the day. Making fresh orange juice isn't difficult or expensive and you can even sneak some vegetables in there to boost the nutritional content.

If you have kids or picky eaters in your household, orange juice is a versatile juice that you can easily add carrots, tomatoes, grapefruit, beets, or apples to without greatly changing the taste!

Get the recipe for orange carrot juice here.

#4 Tropical Green Smoothie

Here's another smoothie recipe that uses kale as an ingredient. There are 2 entire cups of kale in this recipe so it really helps you reach your suggested servings of vegetables!

This recipe calls for mango but I have also used pineapple and it works well. Another great perk about this smoothie is that it makes 2 servings, whereas most smoothie recipes make only 1 serving. So in one blender, you can make a smoothie for yourself and someone else!

Get the mango kale smoothie recipe here.

Benefits Of Oranges & Kale

According to HealthLine, one large orange may provide you with 100% of your vitamin C requirements for the day! Oranges are also a great sources of multiple antioxidants. (Source: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/foods/oranges#benefits)

Kale has high amounts of vitamins A, K, B6, C, and calcium that may help your overall vitamin balance and improve your immunity. (Source: https://www.mayoclinichealthsystem.org/hometown-health/speaking-of-health/the-many-types-and-health-benefits-of-kale)

#5 Orange & Radicchio Salad

Adding peeled oranges to a salad is another creative way to eat oranges!
Adding peeled oranges to a salad is another creative way to eat oranges!

This is a creative way to eat more oranges- add them to the top of your salads! You simply need to peel and slice an orange and add the sections to the salad of your choice. I have used mandarins, grapefruit, and tangerines in this same way as they have high amounts of vitamin C also.

Get the orange radicchio salad recipe here.

#6 Sauteed Kale

If you don't have a blender or a juicer there is still an easy way to add some kale into your diet- sautee it and serve it as a side dish! This sauteed kale recipe is garlicky and tangy which helps counteract the bitter flavor of kale.

Sauteeing or cooking kale also softens it and makes it easier to chew. Get the sauteed kale recipe here.

#7 Roasted Oranges

Have you ever heard of roasted oranges? Just as you can roast potatoes or onions, you can also roast oranges. By roasting the oranges, you caramelize some of the sugars to reveal sweet, brown sugar notes.

If you have an especially picky eater in the house this recipe is awesome because you can serve the roasted oranges with ice cream or frozen yogurt. I serve them warm out of the oven with some ice cream and some chopped nuts!

Get the roasted oranges recipe here.

I hope this list has inspired you about easy recipes you can make for your family that may also help kick any cold or flu symptoms to the curb! I'd love to know what remedies or foods your family uses to boost immune systems!

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

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    • Peggy W profile image

      Peggy Woods 

      12 months ago from Houston, Texas

      The foods you mentioned are all good ones to help boost immunity. We should all do our best to do what we can to maintain good health. Your recipes all sound good.

    • rajan jolly profile image

      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      12 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      Great recipes to boost immunity. Thanks for sharing.

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