The Dec. holidays are almost upon us. People scramble for last minute gifts and head off to parties in the evening, leaving many of them feeling run down. This provides a prime opportunity for colds and flu to set in. However, the health benefits of strawberries and blueberries are many. They have been touted by The Healthiest Foods in the World website as some of the foods that prevent colds and flu. Filling your morning smoothie with these super berries is an excellent and tasty way to get the cold and flu-fighting benefits from these fruits.
Other Foods That Prevent Colds and Flu
- Your Christmas prime rib recipe could prevent colds and flu (5 beef recipes)
- Healthy vanilla pudding recipe made with chia seeds from Whole Foods
- Banana peach smoothie recipe with yogurt, other breakfast smoothie recipes
What are the Benefits of Eating Strawberries and Blueberries?
According to Spoonful.com, the key ingredient that makes these berries such a potent cold and flu fighters. It's the Vitamin C. For whatever reason, the body absorbs more of this germ fighter when the body is sick. The body also gets some important antioxidants from these powerful fruits.
Here are some strawberry and blueberry smoothie recipes to get you started:
- Celebrity chef, Jamie Oliver, extols the virtues of the fruit smoothie on his Food Revolution website. Readers can definitely enjoy the health benefits of strawberries and blueberries by whipping up one of his Fruit Smoothies, which he fortifies with quick cook oats and apple juice.
- This Groovy Smoothie from All Recipes is very, very simple. It's one of the best smoothies to make when you're in a hurry, because there are so few ingredients. Just bananas, strawberries, yogurt and milk.
- The Chocolate Strawberry Smoothie is a way to combine two of my favorite flavors in one delicious glass. Chocolate plus strawberries equal morning love.
And my Recipe for a Blueberry Smoothie
- 2 c. frozen blueberries, but thawed
- 1 banana, ripe
- 1 c. vanilla yogurt, frozen
- ¾ c. milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
Combine everything in a blender until the berries become smooth and everything is blended.
Garnish your smoothies with a bit of fresh whipped topping or additional berries to make them look pretty. This is a nice touch for parties where you serve smoothies.