Top 5 Beverages To Drink To Build Your Immunity

Top 5 Beverages To Drink To Build Your Immunity

It's that time of the year again where our biggest concern is immunity & immune systems going for a toss & inadvertently cold becomes a friend that keeps frequenting. Blocked noses, fatigue & lingering ailments are a constant through these months of winter. ENTER: CITRUS SMOOTHIES. Literally, a saviour that acts as a magic potion to build your immunity. This is something that one should keep closer than anything pharmaceutical! Because natural remedies are the way forward, isn't it?

I'm sure you've heard the term anti-inflammatory every time your immunity drops & swearing by ingredients like ginger & turmeric has become a norm in winters. But, having them just like that sounds too plain Jane for you? What if we tell you that you can now concoct some of the yummiest smoothies & drinks with the punch of oranges, lemon, turmeric, ginger & everything natural to keep your immunity stronger. Excited? Let us introduce you to:

1. Lemon-Turmeric Immunity Strengthener

Loading up on vitamin C is a must during winters & the wisest thing to do too. Think fresh oranges & lemons; the much-needed punch on a dull winter day to avoid that cold, (if you haven't already had one). Here's a vibrant orange smoothie that will hopefully keep your illnesses miles away & keep you strong. You could also make this smoothie dairy-free by substituting yogurt with almond/cashew/coconut milk.


Ingredients you need:

1 frozen banana

¼ cup Yogurt

½ cup fresh orange juice

½ Tbsp lemon juice

½ Tbsp grated ginger

¼ tsp turmeric powder

Chia seeds, to garnish

Blend them all up in processor & it's ready to serve.

2. Power-Packed Immunity Booster

Coffee is something we generally rely upon to keep our energy levels up but during winters coffee alone doesn't cut it. You're going to need much more than that. Ever wondered how much nutrient values can fit into one smoothie? Always. Then, this smoothie might be the answer. It's protein-filled smoothie with a whole lot of natural nutrients coming from ingredients like spinach, oranges, almonds & carrots. So, sip up!


Ingredients you need:

1 peeled Orange

1 Lemon

4-5 Spinach Leaves

2 grated Carrots

1 Slice of Ginger

1 cup Almond Milk

Blend them all up in processor & it's ready to serve.

3. Zesty Detox Immunity Potion

The word detox is pretty much self-explanatory but how much do we believe in the term? Not much I presume, but this one definitely comes close to reinstating our belief in the term. Not only is this a pretty looking smoothie but the intense flavours from the grapefruit when mixed with the vibrant sweetness of pineapple and richness of yogurt helps regulate blood sugar levels & improves your heart health.

Detox Smoothie

Ingredients you need:

1 cup Almond Milk/ Yogurt

1/2 cup Pineapple Juice

1 Lemon

1 Slice Ginger

1/2 cup Grapefruit Juice

1 tbsp honey

Blend them all up in processor & it's ready to serve.

4. Citrus Immunity Builder

Waking up on a winter morning is a difficult task & if you're someone who's low on energy by midday, this smoothie is not only meant to energise you but also keeps your vitamin C (Pineapples & Strawberries) & iron-levels in check. Pro tip: You’re definitely better off making this smoothie than putting yourself through the cold & downtime ordeal. So, power up your midday snack time with this delicious citrus smoothie. Boost up!


Ingredients you need:

1 cup Orange Juice

1/2 cup Crushed Pineapple

1/2 cup Frozen Strawberries

1 Lemon

1 Frozen Banana

1/2 cup Yogurt

Blend them all up in processor & it's ready to serve.

5. Moroccan Breakfast Immunity Starter

If breakfast is not on your agenda on any given day, this quick breakfast smoothie with a Moroccan twist is ideal for a chilly winter morning! Along with the citrus goodness of strawberries & lime, it adds punchiness from the pomegranate juice & a bit of cayenne powder. The hints of ginger brings out the flavours of the berry & make it a drink that screams 'this is a WAKE UP call'! Garnish it with a few mint leaves & you're good to go until lunch. Sip. Slurp. Repeat.


Ingredients you need:

1/2 cup Strawberries

1/2 cup Pomegranate Juice

6-7 Mint Leaves

1 tbsp Lemon Juice

1 tsp Honey

1 Slice of Ginger

Blend them all up in processor & it's ready to serve.

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Shreya Jalavadia

Shreya Jalavadia

Think of her as a delicacy. She could be a red sauce penne pasta or refreshing strawberry smoothie. A little sweet, quite tangy and unapologetic on the palate. Her soul is that of a gastronome, mind of an illustrator and heart of a writer. She uses these ingredients to plate up tasty stories about food at India Food Network as an Associate Editor. Be it her blogs, articles, reviews or food shows; she promises a wholesome affair.

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