Cold Fighting Smoothie for Sick Kids

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Cold Fighting Smoothie.  I am reposting this smoothie as flu season is upon us and this smoothie is one pro-active way to give the immune system a boost. Kid friendly and delicious.
Vitamix Recipe: Cold Fighting Smoothie for Sick Kids with Blueberry, Orange and Kale by angela ro

My Vitamix is truly a workhorse and a natural doctor in the kitchen. Just look at the color of this cold fighting smoothie which has blueberries, oranges, kale, apples, carrots, and even a little bit of red beet (for color). This was developed to boost the immune system of a sick child who had no appetite. The response upon the first sip, was “this is the best drink you ever made.” And, he drank the whole thing.

When kids are sick, they tend to refuse food, even homemade chicken soup. When I originally posted this, the boys were only 7 years old, bringing home colds. Today, the concern of a parent is even bigger, and it’s good to get pro-active and feed healthy super nutrition dense foods. 

That’s when my Vitamix performs its magic by taking whole foods and crushing them to a delicious, icy cold refreshing drink, delivering not just nutrition, but some needed quick energy.

Blueberries contained the most active antioxidants of any fresh fruit, thanks to their high levels of anthocyanins—one of the most potent antioxidants. Blueberries are also a brain food, so it’s a win all the way.

Blueberry Cold Fighting Smoothie to boost immune system by Angela Roberts

Kale helps clear congestion especially in the lungs.

Apple boosts the immune system, clears toxins through the liver,  aids in diarrhea and constipation (often a part of a cold virus.)

Carrots, rich is beta-carotene (Vitamin A). Aids immune system and lungs.

Beets – Aside from these healthy benefits, beets are high in carbohydrates. When children are sick, they don’t eat much, and beets can serve as energy fuel. I added a little bit of beets to this drink, more for color, as blueberries and kale together don’t look appetizing and kids see their food first. Make it look good. 

This cold fighting smoothie is dairy free. 

The benefits of a cold fighting smoothie with blueberries, orange and kale are enormous, but the main thing about smoothies is that they are not all created equal. This is completely free of any dairy products which may promote mucus, and are tasty enough for someone not feeling so well to enjoy.

So tell me what kind of winter has it been at your house? This cold fighting smoothie is not just for when kids get a cold. It’s a great preventative measure.

Vitamix recipe: cold fighting smoothie with blueberries, kale, orange, carrot by angela roberts

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4.42 from 17 votes

Vitamix Cold Fighting Smoothie for Sick Kids with Blueberries, Orange and Kale

A smoothie made in the Vitamix with kale, blueberries and oranges, designed to boost the immune system and help with cold symptoms.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time5 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Course: Smoothie
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2
Author: Angela Roberts


  • 1 orange peeled
  • 1 handful kale
  • 1 handful spinach
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 apple cut in half, core and seeds removed
  • 3 cups of blueberries
  • 1 small raw red beet peeled
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup ice


  • Place ingredients in Vitamix, and hit the smoothie button, or mix until all the ingredients are pulverized into a smoothie. Add more water if necessary.

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  1. 5 stars
    My family and I have been battling colds the past week, so we started making your smoothies. We love them! It’s snowing outside but going back and forth between hearty soups and your smoothies has kept us plenty cozy! Thanks!

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  3. I tried smoothies with both kale and spinach but I would probably choose one. For me I will use the Kale so it helps me with my lung issues. Since I started juices when I can I haven’t had to use my pump for asthma which is great!

    I’m trying not to get sick so I will be making this.

    Thanks a bunch!

  4. 3 stars
    I think the beet I used was medium vs. small. The drink didn’t take very pleasant…sorta like dirt. But I didn’t have three cups of blueberries either. I think I need to reduce the Kale and the Beet and have the 3 cups of blueberries. Two kids tried it but wouldn’t finish it. We also like our drinks really cold so I had to add two more cups of ice.

    1. It always frustrates me when people leave ratings on a specific recipe when they did not follow the recipe at all. It’s not a very accurate representation of the actual finished product/recipe.

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