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Green smoothies are all the rage as a breakfast or meal replacement. How about a green smoothie packed with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory foods to help re-build your immune system? Next time you feel a cold or allergies coming on, try substituting this tropical spicy green smoothie for one meal a day.

Health Benefits of the Spicy Immunity Building Green Smoothie

This green smoothie builds your immunity by bringing together powerful ingredients with many healing properties. To find more information about the health benefits of any individual ingredient, take a look at these articles:

Buy Organic or Quality Ingredients

When purchasing your ingredients, make sure you purchase high quality and organic if possible. The Farmers Market is a great place to pick up several of the ingredients, while others, you can find in the natural foods section of the grocery store.

When choosing a yogurt, check the sugar content and make sure it has at least 3 strains of live active bacteria – or probiotics. Siggi’s is a great low-calorie and low-sugar yogurt with a smooth consistency. If you’re not a yogurt fan, Siggi’s vanilla non-fat yogurt is an excellent addition to any green smoothie because it has a smooth texture and light flavor.

Caution… Chia Seeds Need Time to Plump

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If you’re new to chia seeds, make sure you give them enough time to absorb the liquid in the shake before drinking. Chia seeds need 5-10 minutes to become plump with liquid and create a geletanous pudding. Since adding chia seeds is the last step in making this shake, it is helpful to allow the chia to absorb liquid in the refrigerator.

Fresh vs. Frozen

Whenever possible, always use fresh organic ingredients vs. frozen. While frozen will help you save time, some frozen fruits have added sugar or preservatives. Peeling and chopping fresh papaya and pineapple will take you about 10 minutes. To offset this, separate half the fruit into a freezer safe bag and freeze it for future use. This will help you save time the next time when you need a quick smoothie and want to minimize added sugar. Pre-cut kale can save you time, but you should still wash kale thoroughly before using.

Need Help Finding the Perfect Blender?

I’ve tried quite a few blenders in pursuit of the perfect shake. For compact places like a dorm room or small apartment, I would go with the Nutri bullet. I’ve graduated to the Ninja

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Cut Ingredients to Size for Blending

10 minutes
  • Wash and cut ingredients to fit your blender or blender cup.
  • Store or freeze remaining unused fruit.
Tropical smoothie leftover fruit storage
Store remaining fruit half frozen half fresh for future use.

Layer Large Ingredients

  • Create layers in your blender or blender cup by adding the largest ingredients on the bottom.
  • Start with chunks of papaya, pineapple, and mango.
  • Add chopped or whole leaves of kale on top of fruit.
  • Add ginger chunks
Fresh cut papaya
Papaya halved with seeds, banana, and ginger.

Add Remaining Ingredients

  • Add yogurt and ground flax seeds
  • Sprinkle one dash of cayenne pepper
  • Add ice
Ingredients layered together
Tropical smoothie ingredients layered in blender cup.

Add Liquids

  • Add orange juice
  • Fill with water to max liquid line on your blender or blender cup

Blend Ingredients

  • Blend ingredients on smoothie setting for 2 minutes.
  • Switch to puree setting for 1 minute.

Add Chia Seeds & Refrigerate

  • Transfer to blender bottle or add drinkable lid to your blender cup.
  • Add Chia Seeds.
  • Place in refrigerator fro 5-10 minutes.
  • Enjoy!

    Tropical green smoothie chia seeds
    Tropical green smoothie chia seeds
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Hi, I'm Wendie! I'm a public health advocate, national leader in mental health promotion and a Level 2 Spin Power Certified indoor cycle instructor teaching in Germantown, MD and a Reiki practitioner. I'm currently exploring my personal wellness and hope to inspire wide-scale wellness practices through social change, health promotion, violence prevention, fitness and education.
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