Plantains and Apples and Pears, Oh My! Immunity Shake

During fall and winter we come into contact with more germs and are more susceptible to contracting a nasty cold or the flu. During this time of year, it is essential that we make sure our immune systems are functioning optimally. And one of the best ways is to increase your vitamin C intake with our Plantains and Apples and Pears, Oh My! Immunity Shake.

Vitamin C is the power nutrient in this healthy fall smoothie, with camu camu powder providing an astounding amount, and the apple, pear, and plantain playing supporting roles. Enjoy this delicious fall shake whenever you feel you might be coming down with a cold or the flu to boost your immune system, so you can stay healthy throughout the season.

  •  Servings: 1
  •  Ready In: 5 minutes
Ingredients
  • 1 apple, sliced

  • 1 pear, sliced

  • 1 ripe plantain, frozen

  • 1/2 cup apple juice

  • 1 tablespoon camu camu powder

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Instructions
  1. Add the slices of apple and pear to your blender’s canister.

  2. Place the frozen plantain on top.

  3. Pour in the apple juice.

  4. Sprinkle in the camu camu powder and the ground cinnamon. Avoid the sides of the blender jar if possible.

  5. Secure the lid and blend until smooth.

  6. Enjoy this healthy and satisfying high-fiber smoothie whenever you need a boost of energy and a healthy dose of vitamin C.

  7. PRO SMOOTHIE TIP: If your blender struggles to break down the oats, add an ice cube or two for more friction.

Health Benefits
  1. Apples and pears: have similar nutrient profiles. Both are good sources of vitamin C and dietary fiber. Apples and pears should be enjoyed with their nutrient-full skins. A high-powered blender should have no problem breaking down the apple and the pear, but, if it struggles, try adding an ice cube to help.

  2. Plantains: are related to the banana and have comparable nutrients. The plantain brings nearly 45% of the DV for vitamin C and 33% of the DV for vitamin A, plus a ton of fiber. Be sure to use a ripe plantain in this healthy fall smoothie, as a green one will not provide the creaminess or the sweetness the recipe needs.

  3. Apple juice: is not as healthy as an apple because it doesn’t have as much fiber. However, in this kid-friendly smoothie recipe, it does play essential roles—sweetness, taste, and texture. After all, a fresh apple is a favorite flavor of fall.

  4. Camu camu powder: comes from the Amazon rainforest and is growing in popularity due to camu camu fruit's high levels of vitamin C. This superfood’s vitamin C level is simply astounding; just 3.5 ounces of fresh camu camu contains nearly 4000% of the DV for C. Yes, that’s right, camu camu fruit contains 2145 milligrams of vitamin C in a single serving. As a powder, 1 tablespoon will provide your healthy fall smoothie with over 2200% of the daily value of immunity-boosting vitamin C.

  5. Cinnamon: is one of the favorite flavors of fall. It appears in cookies, cakes, pies, and pumpkin pie spice blends. This fall spice adds a richness to the flavor and makes this a favorite kid-friendly smoothie suitable for a healthy after-school snack.

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