Fight Flu Season with Immune-Boosting Wild Blueberry Smoothies


Cold and flu season arrived early this year and it has already been a bad one. Experts are calling it the worst flu season in years. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), all U.S. states except for Hawaii are under siege and reporting widespread flu activity. And relief doesn’t appear to be in site yet with the CDC anticipating another 11 to 13 weeks of it

If you’re like me, you want to fend off the flu and nasty winter colds for your family. At my house that means adding more immune-boosting recipes to my meal plan, making sure everyone gets plenty of rest, stays hydrated and washes their hands frequently. To help your family stay healthy this cold and flu season, try these three delicious Wild Blueberry immune-boosting smoothies packed full of antioxidants and Vitamin C. Plus, smoothies are an easy way to get a nutrient rich meal or snack even during the winter months.

This Wild Blueberry Beet Smoothie is loaded with antioxidants and other anti-inflammatory properties, that will boost your immune system and help you fight many of the pesky germs that come with cold and flu season. The immune-boosting ingredients in this smoothie include frozen Wild Blueberries, which have double the antioxidants of regular blueberries; beets and ginger root, which also provide an antioxidant punch and anti-inflammatory compounds. Combined with 100% real orange juice with all its Vitamin C power and Greek yogurt that provides healthy bacteria for your gut, you’ll feel like a superhero fighting against whatever mother nature throws your way.

Here’s another delicious Wild Blueberry Smoothie recipe to add to your daily routine, especially during cold and flu season. We call it our Cold Fighting Wild Blueberry Smoothie because its ingredients — fresh ginger, green tea matcha powder, cinnamon, and frozen Wild Blueberries — are packed full of antioxidants, which help reduce inflammation and fight off pathogens, making them great immune boosters. Additionally, this smoothie includes vanilla protein powder to deliver a protein boost. In case you didn’t know getting too little protein in your diet can weaken your immune system, making you more susceptible to colds and flu.

This Wild Blueberry Tropical Immune-Boosting Smoothie is packed with antioxidant-rich Wild Blueberries, vitamin C-boasting citrus, sweet, refreshing pineapple, warming, soothing ginger, and electrolyte-loaded coconut water. Wild Blueberries have twice the antioxidant capacity of larger, regular blueberries. Antioxidants are important not only to immune health but also for boosting brain, heart and gut health and may prevent diabetes and some forms of cancer. With their anti-inflammatory properties and disease fighting compounds, antioxidants keep your body strong and can give you an edge when you need to fight off bacteria and viruses. Wake each morning and enjoy this delicious smoothie. The citrus flavor pairs wonderfully with the Wild Blueberries, which have a more intense blueberry flavor. It’s totally refreshing and sweet with a hint of spiciness from the ginger!

Stay Well!

About the Author

Belinda Donovan is a public relations professional with more than 15 years of experience working with clients in the consumer products, food service, hospitality, transportation and insurance and banking industries. She began her career in 1987 as a press secretary for a United States Senator from Alabama, her home state, and has worked in agencies in Atlanta, Philadelphia and Maine. A Southerner at heart she now calls Maine her home. She joined Ethos Marketing in 2011 as Director of Public Relations.