Flu Fighter Smoothie


If you haven't yet, be sure to check out our article about the best Terpenes for Cold & Flu Season where we discuss the therapeutic terpenes in many of these ingredients. Below is a quick reference of some of the highlight ingredients that make this smoothie so great for keeping our immune system healthy. 

When it comes to the immune system, bananas are a great source of:

  • Lectin: a key ingredient in a new flu-fighting prescription medication

  • Vitamin B6: helps your body create antibodies to fight infection

  • Vitamin C: a powerful antioxidant that boosts the immune system; helps your body grow and promotes healing

Pineapple is a good source of: 

  • Vitamin C: a powerful antioxidant that boosts the immune system; helps your body grow and promotes healing

  • Limonene: terpene with anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-carcinogenic, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties

Carrots are wonderful for: 

  • Antioxidants: helps stop damage to cells that can cause diseases like cancer, heart disease, and more and reduces inflammation

  • Vitamin A: supports the immune system

Learn about the therapeutic properties of lemons, ginger, and turmeric here.


About the Recipe

After our research on the best terpenes and other natural remedies for cold and flu season, we went looking for some immune-boosting yet tasty recipes to help keep us healthy. We found this beautiful smoothie by Minimalist Baker and did a little adaptation of our own to find ingredients that provided the nutrients our bodies were craving. 

  • 1/2 c pineapple

  • 1/2 c carrot juice

  • 1 banana

  • a knob of fresh ginger (or 1/2 tsp ground ginger)

  • juice from approximately 1/4 lemon

  • 1/2 tsp turmeric

  • 1/2 c ice

  1. Peel your knob of ginger (about a thumb's size) and chop into dime-sized pieces

  2. Add all ingredients to blender

  3. Enjoy!


Opportunities for Cannabinoid Infusion

If you'd like to enhance this recipe with cannabinoids, consider using one of the products below. We recommend using between 5-30mg of CBD per serving, depending on your needs and body weight (typically 1-5mg of CBD per 10 lbs of body weight). Remember to always start low and go slow when it comes to cannabinoids, and be sure to read our CBD Safety article and talk to your doctor before incorporating something new into your routine.


Papa & Barkley Essentials Hemp Drops CBD Tincture

If you'd like to enhance your lip balm with cannabinoids, you can add cannabis flower to your LEVO herb pod or add an available tincture to your recipe. 

Before dispensing this lip balm into its containers, we added 2 droppers of Papa & Barkley’s full-spectrum CBD tincture to enhance it with the healing properties of CBD. 

This tincture is a whole plant extraction made with hemp grown in Colorado and carried in fractionated coconut or MCT oil. It is a lipid infusion, meaning that it uses no solvents in the extraction process and retains a full range of phytonutrients, including all of the plant’s cannabinoids and terpenes. A full dropper of their 450mg bottle contains 30mg of CBD, and the dropper has measurements on the side for easy dosing.   


LEVO Oil Infusion Machine

If you're in a legal state or have access to hemp, you can also add available cannabis flower to your LEVO herb pod to infuse the butter in this recipe. To infuse cannabis flower with butter, set your LEVO to 165˚F for 2.5 hours.

Learn more about the LEVO Oil Infusion Machine here!

The product shown here was gifted to Hempsley by LEVO and Papa & Barkley during their Heart of Health Exchange sponsorship. All opinions are our own. Thanks for supporting the brands that support Hempsley!

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The efficacy of these products have not been confirmed by FDA-approved research. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. All information presented here is not meant as a substitute for or alternative to information from health care practitioners. Please consult your health care professional about potential interactions or other possible complications before using any product. The Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act requires this notice.

The product shown here was gifted to Hempsley by LEVO and Papa & Barkley during their partnership for our Heart of Health Exchange. 

LEVO and Papa & Barkley’s sponsorship supported our mission to bring you free, quality education by allowing us to purchase props, create original imagery, perform research, write and edit content, & host events in our local community. Although this is a sponsored recipe, we assure you that we are committed to bringing you unbiased information and promise that all thoughts and opinions are our own. Thank you for your support!

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This review was written by Kristen Williams. Copyright  Hempsley 2019, All Rights Reserved