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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.