Flu Fighting Smoothie for Kids

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Florida is weird. I mean that in the most loving way possible. What I mean is that Florida is so different from other parts of the country. It gets into the low 70’s and we bust out our favorite boots. When it gets into the 60’s, we grab that stylish scarf we’ve been waiting to wear for 11 months. We all know it’ll get hotter as the day goes on and the time with our “winter” clothes are limited so we have to take what we can get.

We have really cold temperatures a handful of days of the year and by the time those are coming to an end, we are talking about the absolute need for beach weather again.

It’s kind of the best, being in Florida.

But, one thing that is the same no matter where you are is flu season. Unfortunately, we are right in the middle of it, even if our noon lunch dates are in 80 degree weather.

I don’t keep Max from exploring and seeing other kids. I won’t avoid the places we love because I’m scared of catching a cold or the flu (though, admittedly, I am a little scared). I carry my hand sanitizer and wash hands often. I do as much as I can to prevent my child getting sick. And since I’m pregnant, I do as much as I can to prevent getting sick myself!

As parents we all know that we can’t protect our child from everything (isn’t a sick child heartbreaking), but I also make this smoothie full of antioxidants and ingredients that are immune-boosting and flu-fighting. Max loves it, I love it, my husband loves it.

Even when Max is being a picky toddler, he will always drink some smoothie. He loves the different combinations we come up with, and I think that he thinks he’s pretty cool walking around the house with his smoothie cup.

This smoothie is made with acai juice, almond milk, banana, mixed berries, kale, turmeric, honey and flaxseed. Acai has been named a superfood, bananas are full of wonderful potassium, turmeric is a member of the ginger family with powerful health properties, and flaxseed is high in omega-3 fatty acids and lignans which have antioxidant qualities. Of course, we all know that big leafy greens like kale provide us with so many nutrients and vitamins.

This smoothie provides zero aftertaste — it’s just 100% delicious!

Enjoy!

Flu Fighting Smoothie Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup acai juice
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 banana (frozen is best for texture, but optional)
  • 1 cup frozen mixed berries (I get a great bagged blend of blackberries, strawberries and raspberries from Trader Joe’s)
  • 1 cup chopped kale
  • 1 teaspoon flaxseed
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric

Directions:

  1. Add all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Serve in your child’s cool smoothie cup for maximum benefit. 😉

Flu Fighting Smoothie

Jennifer Buggica
Jennifer Buggica
Jennifer is a Tampa native currently residing in Riverview with her husband and newborn son, Max. Motherhood is new to her and she's completely loving it, even during the late night witching hour of ceaseless fussing. Jennifer works full time in Marketing for a local credit union, but her true passion is her food blog, The Foodie Patootie, where she cooked through all of the national food holidays in 2014 and continues to introduce her readers to wholesome recipes as often as possible.

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