Nature provides an abundance of nourishing foods that are packed full of immune building nutrients during cold and flu season. Organic fruits like citrus and cranberries are prized for there high content of  Vitamin C which has antioxidant properties known to protect your cells from harmful bacteria and viruses.  Although fresh herbs and dried fruit is not customary in smoothies it adds a delicious accent of flavor and additional health benefits to this satisfying drink,  The Citrus peel contributes pectin full of healing properties while the chia seeds are naturally high in protein, minerals, fiber and Omega 3 fatty acids.  So fresh and filling, this Citrus-C smoothie makes a perfect morning meal during a cleanse and rejuvenation regimen.

Ingredients:
1 Grapefruit peeled
1 Orange peeled
1 T. Orange peel
2 T. Chia Seeds soaked in 1/4 c. purified water
2 T. Dried Cranberries fruit sweetened
1 T. Fresh Ginger chunk
2 c. Purified Water
Optional: 2 sprigs of fresh Peppermint, Oregano and Lemon Balm (about 8 leaves of each)
Optional: 1 T. Local Bee Pollen
Note: Add additional sweetener if desired a dash of stevia, monk fruit or raw honey

Directions:
Soak Chia seeds for 30 minutes or over night and scoop into blender.
Place the following ingredients in the blender: peeled citrus cut in quarters, including a strip of the orange peel, 1-2 inch chunk of ginger, cranberries and fresh herbs if you have them on hand. Once everything is in place the lid on your blender and whirl on high for a minute or so making the drink smooth and frothy.

Note: The pith (the white layer that surrounds  the grapefruit and orange) is very bitter so avoid placing to much of that in the mix unless you are intentionally using the bitter taste to eliminate excess mucus or desiring additional pectin it provides.

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