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