Eat Pretty: The Ruby Red Immunity Smoothie

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Between the rain, shine, allergies, and air conditioning, spring is a tough season to avoid falling under the weather, which is why I like to give my body a little help with this immunity-boosting smoothie. Red fruits and veggies are loaded with powerful vitamins and antioxidants that, in addition to keeping you virus-free, help fight heart disease and cancer. This smoothie has plenty of vitamin C to keep your immune system up, vitamin A to give your skin a healthy glow, and a little spice to kick your metabolism into full gear (hello, bikini season!). Enjoy this icy, sweet, and savory treat with your morning breakfast, as a midday snack, or anytime you want to give yourself a little boost.

Ingredients
-2 red bell peppers, chopped and seeded
-2 cups strawberries, fresh or frozen*
-1 cup raspberries, fresh or frozen*
-1 cup pure carrot juice
-½ tsp. cayenne pepper
-1 large pinch of salt
*if using fresh fruit, add a few ice cubes if desired

Method
1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth.
2. Pour into glasses and enjoy immediately. (Yields two servings.)

—Amy Kothari

Amy Kothari is the founder of the artisan jam and jelly company Big City, Small Batches and shares her recipes and food photography on her blog, Tastes Like Chicken.

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  • http://www.mademoisellenature.blogspot.com Mademoiselle nature

    Loving this recipe! x

  • Sara

    Thanks for the inspiration! I am going to make this smoothie. I love smoothies, and sometimes I need some new ideas.

  • B

    Only if you drink copious amounts. Beta-carotene is the pigment in carrots... But a glass wouldn't necessarily turn you orange!

    Love this recipe - looks so yummy and bursting with goodness!

  • Janet Lee

    Wish I had one of those Ninja blenders or Nutribullets, so I could blend everything I love into a smoothie and take it with me!

    • hollygoeslightly22

      I recently purchased a Ninja at Target for $50. Used it this morning to make a banana, kale, and strawberry smoothie. Works great. The Nutribullet was $100 and looked like it only had the potential to make smoothies. The Ninja had more options.

      • amyK

        I agree, ladies. The ninja is a great an inexpensive product, I have used it many times for smoothies. What i'm working with here is an old kitchenaid immersion blender, they don't make the exact one anymore, but for $80 you can get this one, which is very similar. There's a whisk attachment and a chopper attachment which is pictured in this article. Out of all my kitchen appliances, my trusty kitchenaid immersion blender gets the most use. Seriously, a great investment, and it is a more versatile tool than a ninja or other type of conventional blender because, you don't have to transfer things into it to process (how annoying is it to have to puree soups in the blender then transfer back to the pot?). http://www.kitchenaid.com/shop/countertop-appliances-1/countertop-appliances-2/hand-blenders-3/-KHB2351OB-401100/KHB2351OB/

      • Janet Lee

        I like that it's not just a juicer, but you get everything that you blend, so you don't lose the fibre and nutrients. You're essentially eating the whole apple or orange, but just in liquid form.

  • Janet Lee

    Yes, eating large amounts of carrots and tomatoes could slightly alter your skin tone, but don't worry about how much difference it will make, as you have to drink large quantities of them.

    • kathS

      Haha, I wanted the tint! Don't go in the sun much anymore and self tanners aggravate my recently sensitive skin, so I turned to carrot juice for a bit (but then backed off bc of the sugar...) I am a mess I know.

  • kacey

    I love drinking carrot juice. I found that after drinking 2-3 glasses a day for about three days people started asking me where I got a tan. (I had not been in the sun at all.) It was subtle and slightly orange-y but not crazy person orange.

  • Poires Poires

    It takes less than you think...I used to eat carrot sticks pretty regularly until a man I was on a date with looked at my palms and asked me, "Have you been eating a lot of carrots?" They were basically yellow. I hadn't noticed. (I'm black, so it didn't show on my brown skin.)

    Needless to say, I cut back on carrot intake immediately.

  • http://vainpursuits.com Ruby

    natural and healthy - thanks for sharing!

    Ruby

  • http://www.clevergirlreviews.com/ Clever Girl Reviews

    I've never put bell peppers in a smoothie but with how sweet reds are that's not a bad idea!

  • Lila

    Hello,
    Can I add one chopped carrot and replace the carrot juice for water or orange juice? Do you think it would taste just as good? Thanks!

    • amyK

      Carrots are super fiberous which is why I prefer just the juice for the recipe above. If you add a whole carrot to the mix, the texture will be off and adding water will most definitely change the flavor by diluting it (pure carrot juice is pressed from the carrot with no water added). If you do not want to use carrot juice you can use orange juice (also very high in vitamin C so excellent choice for an immunity smoothie), or another fun variation is adding tomato juice, OR, you can and add pomegranite juice (chock full of antioxidants), and lets not forget beet juice (another red food superstar like the red bell pepper). I recommend adding almost any other pure, fresh vegetable or fruit juice (just make sure the flavors make sense)-- but, no water + vegetables.

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