18 Apr 2016

Cold-Busting Green Smoothie Recipe

Something about this time of year, what with the weather not quite knowing what it's doing, means that I always feel like I have a cold lurking.

I know I'm not alone in that I bloody hate colds, so in order to try and nip them in the bud and trying to stop them from becoming a full blown snot fest, I make this delicious green smoothie.

The smoothie contains spinach, mango, kiwi and lime to add a load of vitamin C which can reduce the duration of a cold and as I've found, stop it before it can properly start.  Mango also contains vitamin A which also helps with the immune system.

I add ginger because it is a diaphoretic, which means that it encourages perspiration which essentially helps you sweat out the cold.  Ginger also helps soothe nausea, the gut and gives a natural boost of energy (plus it tastes delicious).

Banana can help fight off infection because it contains vitamin B6 and chia seeds are packed full of antioxidants and help boost the immune system.

Mint is a natural decongestant, plus one of the most antioxidant-rich foods there is; definitely an underrated ingredient.  

150ml water
50g spinach
1 banana, approx. 80g
Small bunch of mint leaves
15g root ginger, peeled (less if you don't like it too hot)
120g mango chunks
1 tsp chia seeds (plus a little extra if you wish to sprinkle some on top)
1 kiwi, peeled
Juice of half a lime (or a whole if you like it sourer)
A few ice cubes

Add ingredients to blender and blend until smooth, unless you have a tiny blender like me and blend the water and spinach first, so that there is actually room for the other ingredients!  Serve with a sprinkle of chia seeds on top.
Along with all of the heath benefits, this smoothie is also really rather delicious, despite being this garish shade of green.

I can't usually stomach big breakfasts, so smoothies are pretty much my staple meal of choice.  When I feel a cold brewing, I try to have one of these each morning until the symptoms subside.  A week or so ago when I did this, it only took perhaps three days and so I'd love to think that the smoothies were at least partially responsible!

As always, if you give this recipe a go, don't forget to let me know as I always love to hear what you think.



  1. This looks great, such a lovely vibrant shade of green as well! :) I definitely want to try this soon!

    Laura // Middle of Adventure

    1. I hope you like it if you do try it :) x

  2. Ooooh yes! Would love to try this out - I'm a big fan of all the ingredients, and after growing out of my 'juicing fad' two years ago I need to get back in there... Though I'm pretty sure I'll only be fussed to make this on the weekends :( ugh I need to be less lazy on the weekdays!

    Cherie | sinonym

    1. Hahaha, yeah I have to say, got to be in the right mood to make a smoothie with so many ingredients ;) Worth it though x

  3. Ooo this looks beyond refreshing! Definitely going to trying this out this weekend, provided I can get my hands on some mangos!

    Becky | A Rosy Disposition

  4. I have only started to recently put ginger in my smoothies as I previously couldn't stand the taste! Now I LOVE the heat ginger gives in a smoothie. I'm not brave enough to start putting spinach in my smoothies yet, but I think the mango, ginger and lime combo is a real winner! L x


    1. Oh me too!! Especially if I make green juice, I put SO much fresh ginger in it. I don't drink coffee or anything caffeinated really, so something gingery and zesty is what wakes me up in the morning! x


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