Nobody likes getting ill or catching a cold. I recently caught a cold after a vacation, and you guessed it, I immediately started looking for remedies.
When I am ill, I always tend to eat a lot more garlic and onions, etc. So I thought, what if I made a garlic smoothie?
I will get all of the benefits I want from the garlic and more, thanks to the other fresh fruit used to make this garlic smoothie. I know it sounds weird, but you have to try this garlic smoothie, it’s an instant relief from colds and flu!
Smoothies are good for you when sick, that includes stomach bugs and colds, and flu. But garlic especially is wonderful for fighting colds.
How to Use Garlic in Smoothies
If you have never added garlic to your smoothies before, it’s important to start by adding small quantities of garlic, then gradually increasing the amount if needed.
The last thing you want to do is overpower your smoothie with the taste of garlic.
There are 4 types of garlic you can use in your smoothies:
- #1. Garlic Cloves
- #2. Wild Garlic
- #3. Garlic Powder/Granules
- #4. Garlic Extract
Wild garlic is not as strong as garlic cloves in flavor, but it’s not available all year round.
If you can get your hands on wild garlic, definitely use it instead of the other options, since it’s been studied that wild garlic is better at lowering blood pressure.
Garlic cloves are much more powerful in taste, but they are available all year round and are still really good for you.
As for garlic powder, it can be used if you do not have garlic cloves of wild garlic in your house.
Using powdered garlic should be your last resort since it won’t give you as many benefits as the other two.
Finally, using garlic extract can be a wonderful way to easily control the taste of garlic in the smoothie.
Garlic extract also contains plenty of benefits too. Some extracts can even be odorless if the smell of garlic is not one you like.
Is Garlic Good For You In Smoothies?
So what are the benefits of garlic smoothie? Garlic may not be a popular ingredient to add to your smoothies, but it adds a lot of benefits.
Some of these benefits include improved digestion, boosted immune system, and fighting the symptoms of colds and flu.
But, let’s take a look at some more garlic and ginger smoothie benefits:
- Lowers Blood Pressure
- Boosts Metabolism
- May Lower Chorelstorl
- May Aid In Weight Loss
- Full Of Vitamins And Minerals
- Boosts The Immune Systems
- Has Antibacterial Properties
- Reduces Inflammation
And many other benefits too, these are just a handful of the benefits this garlic smoothie for colds has to offer.
How To Make a Garlic Smoothie
You will need:
- Clove Of Garlic
- Ginger Root
- Greek Yogurt
- Coconut Water
The method of making this raw garlic smoothie is so simple and easy.
Prepare your ingredients, then add all of the ingredients to a blender, and blend for about 4-5 minutes, until smooth.
Serve this anti cold sore throat smoothie immediately, and enjoy!
There are many different variations and optional ingredient changes you can make to suit your own preferences. Here are some of them:
- For a banana and garlic smoothie variation of this recipe, use banana instead of pineapple.
- For a kale ginger garlic smoothie, use kale instead of spinach.
- If you are vegan, instead of dairy yogurt, use vegan yogurt, and substitute the honey for agave or maple syrup instead.
- You can easily use dairy-free milk or cold plain water instead of coconut water.
I hope you like this easy and healthy green smoothie with garlic. Any thoughts, or things you have tried that work better, feel free to drop me a comment below. I am here to learn, just like you.
Garlic Smoothie [For Colds And Flu]
- 1 Blender We used this one
- 1 clove of garlic peeled
- 1 cup/150g of frozen pineapple
- 1/4 tsp ginger root minxed
- 1 handful of spinach washed
- 1 tsp honey
- 2 tbsp Greek yogurt plain unsweetened
- 200 ml coconut water
- Crush the garlic clove and peel it. Mince the ginger root.
- Mix all the ingredients together in a blender, and blitz until smooth. For about 3-4 minutes.
- Serve and enjoy!