Immune-Boosting Apple Pie Smoothie

Seeking a smoothie for cold and flu season? Look no further. This formidable immune-boosting smoothie tastes just like apple pie and supports your immune system as it works extra-hard to ward off pathogens.

Our apple pie smoothie recipe features ingredients that will keep you strong and healthy, like plantain, cinnamon, and apple, of course! Plus, we added a few comforting touches you’ll appreciate, especially if you’re already feeling a bit under the weather—think vanilla and graham cracker crumbles.

This spice-filled fall smoothie tastes just as good if you’re in the peak of health, and it never hurts to give your body a bit of extra love as the weather starts to turn colder. Why not try our Immune-Boosting Apple Pie Smoothie today?

  •  Servings: 1
  •  Ready In: 5 minutes
Ingredients
  • 1 banana frozen

  • 1 plantain, frozen

  • 1 apple, sliced

  • 1/2 cup apple juice

  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

  • Dash of nutmeg

  • Splash of vanilla

  • 1 graham cracker

Instructions
  1. Place 1 frozen banana and 1 frozen plantain in your blender or food processor.

  2. Slice one apple and add in.

  3. Pour 1/2 cup of apple juice on top of the other ingredients.

  4. Measure out 1 teaspoon of cinnamon; then add to the rest.

  5. Dash in a bit of nutmeg and a splash of vanilla to taste.

  6. Finish with a crumbled graham cracker.

  7. Blend and enjoy.

Health Benefits
  1. Banana: one banana offers you 30% of your daily recommended intake of vitamin B-6, which your body needs to generate two specialized immune system cells called cytokines and antibodies that work together to prevent you from getting sick.

  2. Plantain: a close relative of the banana, plantain contains many of the same nutrients and a few special ones, like plantamojoside. This polyphenol appears to have similar benefits to echinacea, a well-known herbal immune health booster.

  3. Apple and apple juice: the skin of this famously healthy fruit is loaded with quercetin, an antioxidant that helps regulate your immune system and quell inflammation.

  4. Cinnamon: the essential oils in cinnamon—cinnamyl acetate, cinnamyl alcohol, and cinnamaldehyde—have antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal properties.

  5. Nutmeg: the perfect spice for a smoothie, especially one meant to keep you healthy through cold and flu season! Nutmeg contains trace minerals (specifically, potassium, iron, calcium, and manganese) that support your immune system when it has to kick into high gear.

  6. Vanilla: while there’s no research (yet!) to show that vanilla impacts immune system function, it does appear that this comforting flavor makes us happier. So while it may not affect your physical health, it will perk up your mood.

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