The winter months have arrived, and cold and flu season is upon us. Ramp! Up your teen’s daily vitamin intake with this delicious berry smoothie to help keep their immune system strong. Ramp! Up the Day, our feature ingredient, is fortified with vitamin C & D to support a healthy immune system. This recipe features antioxidant-rich blueberries, and raspberries for an added vitamin C kick!

Before we dive into this quick and easy breakfast option for teens, let’s tackle some frequently asked questions!

Why are vitamins C and D important?
Vitamins C and D are important micronutrients to support tissue repair, reduce inflammation and fight infections. Both of these vitamins are naturally occurring in several food sources. However, teens can benefit from fortified sources of vitamins C and D, especially in the colder months. Ramp! Up the Day is a fortified source of vitamins C and D that can be included in your teen’s daily routine.

Do I have to use berries in this recipe?
Berries are a delicious source of vitamins and antioxidants to support a healthy immune system. However, if your teen is not a fan, there are a ton of other fruit options that offer immune system support. Papaya and Kiwi are both jam-packed with vitamin C, and would make a delicious addition to a smoothie. Alternatively, adding a handful of spinach to this recipe provides vitamin C and antioxidants, and is very mild in flavor.

How can I add protein to this recipe?
One scoop of Ramp! Up the Day already provides 8g of plant-based protein, as well as high-quality nutrients to support focus, mood and attention in teens. For an added protein boost, you can also add high-protein yogurt or protein powder to this smoothie recipe.

What foods provide immune support?
Luckily, there are a ton of foods that can help support a healthy immune system in teens. Look for leafy greens, citrus fruit, and superfoods such as ginger and turmeric. As always, including a variety of fruits and vegetables, as well as healthy fat sources is the best way to ensure your teen is getting the nutrients they need!

Immunity Boosting Berry Smoothie Recipe

1 scoop of Ramp! Up the Day
8 oz (240 ml) of cow or plant-based milk
½ banana, fresh or frozen
¼ cup blueberry and raspberry medley, fresh or frozen
1 tsp chia seeds
3 ice cubes

Add milk, banana, berries, chia seeds and ice cubes to a blender
Add 1 scoop of Ramp! Up the Day
Blend until smooth
Serve immediately and enjoy!

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