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PHOTO: Diane Fornbacher
As the season has started to make its shift from warm summer to fall in Summit County, cooler weather patterns are flooding the county with daily rain storms. Mornings in the high country (10,000 ft or more in altitude) are in the low 50’s with mid 70’s during the day before the rain storms move in for the rest of the evening.
This subtle shift in the weather has me thinking proactively about colds. I remember being hit like a truck by the funkiest flu bug in the history of ever in the beginning of the year. My co-workers were all sick but with different variations.
I was convinced all their variations met up in my body and had babies to spawn some kind of evil inside of me. Luckily, I had a few tricks up my sleeves at the time to combat these nasty little creatures with some home grown green.
I juiced a very small amount of Strawberry Cough fan leaves and added it to one of my smoothie recipes for a delicious nutrient-packed drink surely to kick any immune system into drive. Literally, every day I had one of these and when it came time to see the doctor, she was absolutely surprised I didn’t need antibiotics.
Now, I pass this recipe to you as this flu season is approaching in October to add to your germ-fighting arsenal. And, even if you are not sick, use this delicious smoothie as a booster that will strengthen your immune system and give you a leg up during your day.
Mise en place:
1 serving of Greens Plus
4-5 ice cubes (small)
4-5 large strawberries
1/2 cup juiced Strawberry Cough fan leaves
3 heaping tablespoons chocolate hemp protein powder
2 heaping tablespoons 2% Greek yogurt
3 oz orange juice (medium pulp)
Add all of the ingredients into the blender and blend until smooth. If you want it thicker, add another banana or more Greek yogurt. Enjoy immediately.