Where there’s chill there’s a cold just waiting to strike. Break out the cozy socks and whip up this immunity smoothie from holistic nutritionist, Kelly LeVeque. This adaptogen-packed smoothie is a heavy-hitting – and totally delicious – defense against getting sick when everyone else seems to be, thanks to chaga mushrooms and vitamin-rich berries.
Want more? Nerd out on all of Kelly’s functional smoothies and find out why they’re always in rotation at TCM HQ. Grab this winter-ready recipe and a breakdown of it’s powerful ingredients below…
Ashwaganda + Probiotics
Body + Eden takes Chinese herbs to the next level. Fermenting them with probiotic ashwagandha is a real potent regenerative tonic (rasayana of ayurveda), due to its multiple pharmacological actions like anti-stress, neuroprotective, anti-tumor, anti-arthritic, analgesic and anti-inflammatory.
Interestingly, the newest research suggests that fermentation might be superior to simple probiotics: “In addition to probiotic- or prebiotic-containing formulas, fermentation products, whose production involves specific bacterial strains, appear as an additional route to immunity. They may act through modulation of the gut microbiota, but also through direct interactions with the mucosal immune system, promoting immune balance by inducing regulatory T cells.”
Chaga + Wild Berries
Four Sigmatic Foods Smoothie Shroomer is a blend of chaga mushrooms and berries that keep you chemically protected. Chaga is one of the world’s highest gram-per-gram sources of antioxidants and melanin. The wild blueberries, black currants and acerola cherries contain full spectrum vitamin C and anthocyanins. The real player in this blend is schisandra berries – not only are they one of the world’s best adaptogens (food that helps reduce cellular stress) loaded with antioxidants but they fight inflammation and improve mental, adrenal, sexual and liver function.
The Immunity Smoothie
Immunity + Stress Reduction + Vitamin C
unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 Tbsp Four Sigmatic Smoothie Shroomer
1/8 tsp Eden + Body Immunity Herbal Tonic
1 serving vanilla pea protein
¼ cup frozen cranberries
handful of spinach
1 Tbsp coconut oil
1 Tbsp chia seeds
Combine all ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth and enjoy!