Immune Boosting Blast

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Hello fellow guys, girls, RDs, yogis, foodies, fit fanatics, moms, dads, aunts, uncle, and anyone else who is living a healthy lifestyle with a little help from my blog!

It has been an extremely busy couple of months and I will be the first to say, “Long time, no post!”. Since my last update was in February I will start off by letting all of my newest readers know a little bit about me. I am a Registered Dietitian who works in the community setting and at a residential health recovery center in the greater Chicagoland area. If you are interested, you can find more information about my services under the Services Available tab on my home page.

If you have been following me since the beginning, I thank you for including me in your journey to a healthier lifestyle. I noticed there are a lot more viewers recently and I would like to restate the type of lifestyle I lead to stay healthy for those who may not know. I originally created my blog to have a permanent and credible resource for my friends and family to resort to instead of asking me a million questions all at once. I would answer the same types of questions over and over again. I thought getting this information in writing for everyone to see at once would be easier for me and more convinient. Through MyNutritionVision I advocate no one specific diet. I will repeat…No One Specific Diet! Instead, I choose to encourage others to incorporate whole foods and exercise into their daily “diets” to improve overall quality of life.

I say the word “diet” sparingly because I do not really like the stigma that has come attached to it. A diet insinuates a short term fix, we all know that doesn’t exist otherwise I would not be here. I use the term diet meaning the food and beverages consumed each day considered in terms of its qualities, composition, and its effects on health. 

I wanted to announce the type of diet I follow again to be 100% clear on my beliefs. I prepare foods for myself and my loved ones that revolve around our specific needs and likes. If I had to give an answer, I suppose I would say I follow the palo diet the closest. That does not mean 100% because I could never give up cheese, occasionally of course. 😉  Yes, I make all different types of recipes including vegan, vegetarian, paleo, whole30, raw, gluten free, ect. It simply depends on who I am cooking for, what I feel like eating, what I have time to make, and more. Since I post my recipes to MyNutritionVision I try to make a well rounded board of options for all types of people. So if you are ever wondering, “What type of diet does she follow?”, I hope you now know the answer…I don’t. Whole foods all the way!

Now that we have that out of the way lets focus on this amazing drink!

I like to refer to it as my magic medicine. Although, there is no magic necessary. You can improve your health with simple, whole foods. Thats right! No medicine or chemical required.  This drink is a great antioxidant loaded with Vitamin A, Vitamin C, potassium, fiber, calcium, and iron. I know I incorporated a few ingredients that may not be the norm for a juice or smoothie. Below are some of the health benefits of those ingredients explaining why I included them in my recipe.

Garlic 

1. Cardiovascular benefitsDue to its sulfur compounds, vitamin C, vitamin B6, selenium and manganese.

2. Antiviral and antibacterical benefits 

3. Anti-inflammatory agent 

4. Cancer prevention: Daily intake of garlic has been found to lower risk of virtually all types of cancer with the exception of prostate and breast cancer.

*Interesting tip: If you let garlic sit after chopping or crushing it increases its health benefits.

Ginger Root 

1. Reduces gastrointestinal distress: Shown in research to be more effective compared to Dramamine. Also 100% safe and effective to use during pregnancy to reduce nausea and vomiting.

2. Anti-inflammatory effects: Ginger contains a high level of the anti-inflammatory agent known as gingerols. People with osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis have seen a noticeable decrease in joint pain by increasing their intake of fresh ginger.

3. Immune boosting: Helps promote healthy sweating which is part of fighting sickness.

Turmeric 

1. Anti-inflammatory agent: Curcumin is the main main anti-inflammatory agent. Potent for reducing inflammation, especially in IBD (Irritable Bowel Disease).

2. Cancer prevention: Inhibits the growth of cancer cells by protects the cells from free radicals.

3. Improves cardiovascular health: Curcumin in turmeric leads to improvements in endothelial function reducing risk of heart disease.

 

Immune Boosting Blast  

Prep Time: 5 minutesIMG_3617

Servings: 3 pints  

Ingredients:                                                         

  • 1 1/2 large oranges
  • 3/4 c pineapple, chopped 
  • 1 Granny Smith apple
  • 3 large carrots  
  • 1-1 1/2in ginger root
  • 1/2in turmeric
  • 1-2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • cayenne to taste
  • water
  • ice

Directions:

  1. Chop the pineapple, apple, and carrots into pieces that will fit in your blender. My biggest mistake with this step was not cutting the apple into small enough pieces, everything else was fine. Takes about 1 minute. I cut my apple into 8 pieces compared to the original four I tried to stuff in my vitamix. Peeling the skin is unnecessary. Leaving it on the apple adds fiber to your drink.
  2. Add the peeled oranges, ginger root, turmeric, garlic, lemon juice, cayenne, about 1 cup water and ice. Add more water or ice for desired consistency. Blend thoroughly and enjoy.

If you have not subscribed yet, I hope you do. This summer is going to be filled be lots of good for you recipes that are practical and fun your the whole family!

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Looking forward to everyone following a healthy lifestyle by visualizing nutrition with me once again!

❤ Rebecca Raymundo, RD, LDN

 Per serving: Calories: 104; Total Fat: 0.3 g (Saturated Fat: 0 g); Cholesterol: 0 mg; Sodium: 14.6 mg; Potassium: 358.8 mg; Total Carbs: 29.1 g; Dietary Fiber: 5 g; Protein: 1.4 g; Calcium: 8.2%; Vitamin A: 43.7%; Vitamin C: 124.1%; Iron: 9.7%.

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