The real name for this recipe is “The Ultimate Cold and Flu Fighting, Immune Boosting, Youth Preserving, Metabolism Burning, Invincible Making, Bomber Smoothie” – but the title didn’t really roll off the tongue (and may or may not be a bit misleading).
But hopefully by now you’ve either got a batch of Elderberry syrup waiting for you in the fridge or at least have some Elderberries coming from good ol’ Amazon, because I’ve got the ultimate sick season smoothie comin’ at ya! I plan on feeding this smoothie to my family as many mornings as I can get away with. Then when it gets old, I’ll sprinkle it with chocolate chips, and it’ll be back in the game!
My family all came down with the flu February of 2016 and it was the most miserable illness I’ve ever experienced. My children barely left the couch, missed a lot of school, and coughed and coughed and coughed. Being the mom, I kept going as much as possible in order to take care of everyone, and then would go to bed in tears because I just couldn’t stand the thoughts of getting up and doing it again the next day.
And if that’s not enough to convince you of the misery this flu virus inflicted, it very literally made a grown man cry. Not to embarrass my rough and tough, moto stud husband or anything, but I’ve seen him shed tears exactly ONE time in the 12 years we’ve been married, and that’s when he had the flu. I’m posting that to the world with the hopes that his motohead buddies don’t read food and decor blogs 🙂
I don’t believe there’s any single bullet proof method to preventing viruses, but after that experience, I’m willing to do just about anything to not go through that again.
Insert Kefir Elderberry Blueberry Smoothie. Packed with probiotics and antioxidants and absolutely delicious, this power smoothie is a great way to start a day! And if you want a great tutorial on making your own Kefir, THIS is the absolute best one I’ve found . We love Mel around my house. In fact, my mom always asks me if I’m making a Mel recipe before she’ll agree to come over for dinner!
So along with flu shots, washing hands, getting adequate sleep, exercising, wiping down shopping carts, and packing around gallons of hand sanitizer like a crazy person, get your blender out on the cupboard and put it to work for you this sick season!
While this is NOT a sponsored post, I do want to share our favorite affordable blender, that won’t break the bank. The KitchenAid blender does such a fantastic job at blending up foods and is a fraction of the cost of the high end blenders on the market these days. We’ve had ours for 2 years now and use it almost daily. An added bonus of the KitchenAid Blender is that they have many color options.
We hope you enjoy this recipe all sick season long!
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Kefir Elderberry Blueberry Smoothie
- Category: Smoothie
- 1 cup plain kefir
- 1 tablespoon elderberry syrup
- ½ cup frozen blueberries
- 1 chopped, frozen banana
- Add all of the ingredients to a high powered blender and blend until smooth.
So funny that you’re recommending Mel! She is my favorite person-I’ve-never-met and also most people I know ask if my recipe is from “Mel”! I came here to find out if I could mix elderberry syrup successfully with the kefir smoothies we do daily- also trying to beat the sicknesses going around because we are going on vacation next week and I can’t have it ruined!!
I wish I had frozen blueberries but I mixed with strawberry, banana and mango and it kinda still tasted more of our elderberry syrup, but more tolerable to the kids and that’s what matters! I might make two smoothies all week, one for them with the syrup mixed and I’ll just take the shot and have my normal delicious smoothie.