Health & Nutrition

Immune Boosting and Detox Shakes

posted by FitnessFirst Team January 10, 2018 0 comments

Alleviate sickness by having shakes during peak times of the year when sickness tends to strike, these would primarily be during the holidays and just before summer starts.

Due to the fact that we let ourselves get run down and become weak causing our white blood cells numbers to become low, our bodies allow growth of bacteria causing the illness.

We may also catch a cold from other people like family members and work colleagues, as well as a change in the weather – going from hot to cold quickly. Our bodies are not built for this type of quick change and needs time to adapt.

Detox is a good and healthy way for the body to get rid of any impurities, and can help with the functioning of organs and other body functions.

The quickest way the body can absorb vitamins, minerals and nutrients is through food, especially shakes.

To boost your immune system simply try one of these shakes, and feel the benefits.

Immunity Boosting Shakes | Fitness First Middle East

Immune Boosting Smoothie

The best time to take this smoothie is first thing in the morning. The ginger helps with detox, and the remaining ingredients help with protein intake and energy.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 banana 45 g
  • 1/4 cup Greek yogurt 65 g
  • 1 cup unsweetended almond milk 250 ml
  • 2 tbsp vanilla whey powder 25 g
  • 1 tsp honey 5 ml
  • 1/4 tsp freshly grated ginger 1 g

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth.

Detox Drink

Best first in the morning and last thing at night when your body is resting so the ingredients can work their magic.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 cup coriander leaves 30 g
  • 2 tbsp vanilla protein powder 25 g
  • 1 cup baby spinach 30 g
  • ½ chopped Lebanese cucumber 100 g
  • 1 chopped pear 100 g
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice 40 ml
  • ½ tsp fresh ginger grated 2 g
  • 1 cup water 250 ml
  • ice cubes

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender.
  2. Blend for 1 minute – stir, then blend again for another 30 seconds, or until smooth.

Recovery Drink

Take this recovery drink once you have been sick or the moment you start to feel better. This drink is best to take when you’re getting back into full recovery. It also helps to boost white blood cells and replace all of the minerals and vitamins lost while being under the weather.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 peeled orange 130 g
  • ¼ cup plain Greek yoghurt 65 g
  • 1 cup pineapple juice, unsweetened 250 ml
  • ½ cup water 125 ml
  • 2 tbsp vanilla whey powder 25 g
  • ice cubes

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Cut orange into pieces and place in a blender with remaining ingredients.
  2. Process until smooth.

Super Green Smoothie

This super green smoothie is great for a breakfast or after a workout to replenish salts and minerals lost through a workout or overnight while sleeping.

INGREDIENTS

  • 300 ml milk of choice
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1/2 lime juiced
  • 1 tbsp oats
  • 2 tbsp vanilla whey powder
  • 2 tsp super greens
  • 5 cubes ice

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Put everything in the blender except for the super greens, process until well combined.
  2. Pour half the smoothie out into a glass.
  3. Blend the remaining smoothie mix in the blender with the super greens, with some more ice.
  4. Pour both smoothies together and enjoy.

 

Sharon Reid
Fitness Manager
European Business Centre

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