Immune Boosting Powders

(by Mario Fabbri, TV Host, Trying Vegan with Mario)

Immune Boosters are an excellent way to make sure you get plenty of nutrition. They’re easy to make and only take two steps; first dehydrate your favorite super foods, then blend them into a powder.

Superfood powders are nothing new; but you may have never realized that you can easily make them yourself. Beet powder is used in lots of sport supplements and pre-workouts because it’s been shown to increase the oxygen capacity of your blood cells which can help you exercise longer. Super Green powders are very popular because they pack your daily dose of vegetable down into just a few spoons full.

These immune boosters also add a pleasant flavor and can taste great in soups, salads, smoothies and on top of oats. Below I included three of my favorite recipes, but I encourage you to get creative and try new things.

Simple Immune Booster Recipes

Equipment: Brød & Taylor Sahara Folding Dehydrator
Time & Temperature: Dehydrate for 10-12 hours at 125F.

Instructions:


Blend #1: Vitamin C

Ingredients:
1 Orange Peel

  • Chop the orange peel into small pieces to make it easier for blending later. The white layer under the orange (the pith) contains half the vitamin C of the entire orange! The pith is generally bland in taste (not bitter) so for the best nutrition - leave it in.
  • Line the orange peel pieces on a dehydrator sheet.
  • Dehydrate on 125F for 10-12 hours.
  • Blend into a powder.
  • To maintain maximum vitamin C content of your powder, it is best to keep it under 140F / 60C. Add to smoothies, sprinkle on yogurt. Also great for stir fry. Add at the end off-heat.


Blend #2: Super Greens
Ingredients:
Choose a variety of healthy cruciferous vegetables. I like kale, spinach and dandelion greens.

  • Chop the greens into small pieces to make it easier for blending later.
  • Line the greens on a dehydrator sheet.
  • Dehydrate on 125F for 10-12 hours.
  • Blend into a powder.
  • Add to smoothies (of course!). Also great in salad dressings, blend with chickpeas and tahini for a nutritious hummus, or power up your homemade pesto.

Blend #3: Beet Powder
Ingredients:
1 Beet

  • Slice the beet into small pieces to make it easier for blending later.
  • Line the beets on a dehydrator sheet.
  • Dehydrate on 125F for 10-12 hours.
  • Blend into a powder.
  • The intense color of beet powder makes a colorful - and unexpected - addition to all sorts of recipes. Think cupcakes, icing and pudding. Pink lattes? Why not?

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