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Immune Boosting Smoothie

Immune Boosting Smoothie

Simple Recipe to Boost Immunity

By Elyse Kopecky

The news has us all feeling on edge. Here is our favorite immune-boosting smoothie recipe from Run Fast. Cook Fast. Eat Slow. to help you give your mind and body a much needed boost.

Right now we are staying home with our families and upping our immunity by drinking daily fruit and veggie smoothies, making lots of nourishing soups and baking nutrient-dense treats to keep our sanity.

Optimum nutrition, less stress and quality sleep are vital to staying healthy. Read more about our favorite immune boosting foods and recipes here.

Find more nutrient-dense smoothie and soup recipes in our two NY Times Bestselling cookbooks, Run Fast. Eat Slow. and Run Fast. Cook Fast. Eat Slow.

Now more than ever, its time to start a cooking habit.



Serves 2

From Run Fast. Cook Fast. Eat Slow.

  • 1 apple, quartered, core removed
  • 1⁄2 frozen banana
  • 2 kale leaves, stems removed
  • 1 celery stick, quartered
  • 1⁄2 lemon, seeds removed, peeled
  • 1⁄4 cup parsley leaves
  • 1-inch knob fresh ginger, peeled, optional
  • 2 cups coconut water
  • 1 cup ice


In a blender, combine the apple, banana, kale, celery, lemon, parsley, ginger (if using), coconut water, and ice. Blend on high speed for several minutes until smooth.

Pro Tip: Add a spoonful of virgin coconut oil
to the above to help your body absorb the fat- soluble vitamins. Coconut oil is an energizing fat with natural antimicrobial properties making it good for your immune system.


Excerpted from Run Fast. Cook Fast. Eat Slow. by Shalane Flanagan and Elyse Kopecky. Top photo by Alan Weiner. Below photo by Tiffany Renshaw. 





Oct 21, 2020

One of my favorites and I’d fallen out of the habit. Thinking about cold and flu season approaching (on top of the obvious everything else), just pulled the blender back out. I love the ginger kick.

Sep 22, 2020

Teresa, it’s coconut water, not milk, which has a very mild flavor that would likely be completely masked by the other ingredients. But I’m sure you could just use water if you’re really opposed.

Jun 24, 2020

Is there an alternate to coconut milk? I am not a fan of the taste?

Teresa Craig
Mar 14, 2020

I love this!!! I began making it several months back and it tastes great! Recently I began making it at the first sign of a cold or other stuff, and it seems to really give me the kick I need to stay healthy. Not advertising it as a fix all, just saying, for me it really seems to be keeping crud at bay, and tastes great! Only problem is I need a better blender to really chop it up.


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