Everyday Inspirations

immune system food
Okay, I don't know about you, but it seems like everyone and their dog is sick (except perhaps me and my dog). My husband, half the people at my work, my friends, the list goes on--it seems that everyone is coming down with something right now. Beware! 

Because of this, I have been feeling like my immune system needs a bit of a boost to keep unwanted illness away. Being the good wife I am, before my hubby went off to work today, I made a little shake (little did he know it was as much for me as for him...did I mention I don't want to get sick?)

So what helps the immune system? Antioxidants. The three major antioxidant vitamins are beta-carotene, vitamin C, and vitamin E which can be found in some of the more colorful fruits and veggies. You get the best benefit from antioxidants when they are raw--enter my cantaloupe, spinach and orange shake. Sound weird? We'll it's actually quite delicious and contains all three types of antioxidants: cantaloupe has beta-carotene, spinach has vitamin E and oranges have vitamin C. I added in the vanilla protein powder just because I like the flavor and creamy texture it provides, but you can certainly use another smoothie powder or yogurt. When you mix it all up, I'll be honest, it looks a tiny bit scary (try to remember back to art class mixing orange and green paint), but I promise, your immune system will thank you. 

{Cantaloupe, Spinach and Orange Shake}

1/2 cup cantaloupe, frozen
1/2 cup spinach
1/2 an orange
1/2 a scoop vanilla protein powder
1/2 cup water

Add all ingredients to a blender and mix until smooth. Quarantine yourself away from sick people or if you're already sick, feel better. 
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