We went on a California road trip last week that started on Sunday driving to Big Sur for a few nights before heading to San Diego to share Christmas with both of our families. On Saturday morning, we woke up to head back home to the Bay Area with the wonderful surprise of feeling sick. Ugh, not what you want to wake up with on a Saturday, but at least it was the last day of our vacation and we were headed home.
This bout with feeling crummy is probably the result of the 12 flights in 9 days that D recently flew combined with the unusually cold weather that arrived in the Bay Area. Yesterday we treated ourselves to some yummy Chinese food from Gin Mon in Belmont where we learned from the owner that hot and sour soup is known for it’s healing properties, something about the combination of chicken stock made from the bones, vinegar, pepper, and mushrooms. It was delightful.
I am feeling a bit better today, but a photo that my sister shared of my “nephew” yesterday reminded me that raw garlic has immunity boosting properties. Thankfully, we had garlic in our pantry.
Since I am not a fan of raw garlic on its own nor sliced between apples, I opted to create an immunity boost smoothie with the help of my Vitamix.
I combined the raw garlic with oranges from our stay in Big Sur, an apple from the fridge and frozen mango from my surprisingly efficient freezer.
2 Valencia oranges (or whatever you have on hand), remove most of skin and pith, but leave a little bit on, then squeeze skin into Vitamix to get all the extra juice
1 apple, slice and remove the stem, but leave all of the seeds. The Vitamix is very good at pulverizing things
3 good sized garlic cloves (just smash to remove skin)
1 cup frozen mango or whatever frozen fruit you have on hand, banana might work too
2 cups water
Put it all in Vitamix and whirl!