This keto immune boost smoothie is made from a powerhouse of ingredients such as spinach, avocado, turmeric, and more!
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This recipe has the same aims as my low carb turmeric shots – to make my own versions of “health” drinks commonly available and to promote the consumption of superfoods on low carb and keto diets!
With this green smoothie I have crammed in as many immunity-boosting ingredients as possible. Check it out:
- Baby spinach – rich in vitamins A, C, and K, plus magnesium, folate, iron, and calcium
- Avocado – high in vitamins B5, B6, C, E, and K, plus folate and potassium
- English cucumber – a good source of vitamins A, C and K, plus potassium, calcium, and iron
- Fresh lime juice – excellent source of vitamin C
- Fresh ginger root – contains small amounts of vitamins and minerals but has many other properties such as improving digestion, easing a cold or flu, and reducing inflammation – to name but a few!
- Ground turmeric – a potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant that may also help improve symptoms of depression and arthritis, and help prevent heart disease
- Black pepper – Although not essential to this recipe, research has shown that combining the piperine in black pepper with the curcumin in turmeric significantly enhances curcumin absorption.
- Water – OK – so this just helps you stay hydrated, but that's no bad thing!
Now I will mention at this point that this is a very savory smoothie – if you prefer them a little sweeter then you might like to add some low carb honey, homemade low carb simple syrup, or your favorite liquid sweetener.
How to Make a Keto Immune-Boost Smoothie
Start by adding the raw baby spinach to a decent blender – I highly recommend a Ninja blender! Dice an avocado and add it to the blender. Peel some English cucumber and roughly chop it, then add it to the blender.
Next, juice half a lime – I really feel like fresh juice is preferable for this recipe than bottled. And it's so easy with a hand-squeezer!
The final few ingredients are ginger root, turmeric and black pepper. I often see measurements for ginger in inches – which I think is ridiculous given their irregular shape!
I used a piece of ginger that was 1½ oz unpeeled, and ¾ oz when peeled. Roughly chop it and add to the blender, along with ground turmeric and a generous amount of freshly ground black pepper.
Add some water – start with 1½ cups – and blend on the highest setting until smooth. If the drink is too thick, add another ½ cup of water and pulse a few times.
This recipe makes two servings – so if you're enjoying this on your own then the second serving will keep in the fridge for a day – but may start to separate. Just whisk it before drinking – or like I did – store it in the single serve cup for the Ninja and whizz it briefly the next day.
- 1 cup packed raw baby spinach (approx 1¼ oz)
- 1 ripe avocado, diced
- 6 oz English cucumber, peeled and roughly chopped
- Half a fresh lime, juiced (approx. 2 tbs)
- 1½ oz fresh ginger root, peeled
- ½ tsp ground turmeric
- ¼ tsp ground black pepper
- 1½-2 cups water
- Sweetener to taste if necessary - see main post for ideas
- Add all the ingredients apart from the water and sweetener (if using) to a blender.
- Pour in 1½ cups water and blend on the highest setting until smooth. If the drink is too thick, add another ½ cup of water and pulse a few times.
- Taste for sweetness and add sugar free honey, low carb simple syrup, or liquid sweetener if desired.
This recipe makes two servings - so if you're enjoying this on your own then the second serving will keep in the fridge for a day - but may start to separate. Just whisk it before drinking - or like I did - store it in the single serve cup for the Ninja and whizz it briefly the next day.
4.7g net carbs per serving (half the recipe)
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Nutrition InformationYield 2 Serving Size 1½ cups
Amount Per Serving Calories 126Total Fat 10gSaturated Fat 1.5gCholesterol 0mgSodium 16mgCarbohydrates 10gNet Carbohydrates 4.7gFiber 5.3gSugar 1.4gProtein 2.2g