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How to Fight a Cold- Cold Buster Green Smoothie

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You don’t have to pass a cold around all winter. last year we cracked down and learned how to fight a cold- cold buster green smoothie.

You don't have to pass a cold around all winter. last year we cracked down and learned how to fight a cold- cold buster green smoothie. ohsweetbasil.com

I hate winter. I know, lots of people love it and cannot wait to get outside and enjoy all that the snow has to offer, but I hate it. Strong word? I seriously dislike it I guess. I am learning to really enjoy skiing, but I still freeze to death and cannot last very long out there. But the major reason I don’t like winter is because we all get sick and pass it around over and over again all winter long. I freeze all winter which I’m sure keeps me sick. These cold buster fruit leathers are a great way to get in vitamins.

Suffering from a cold and looking for an all natural solution to fight a cold? This cold buster green smoothie is your answer! ohsweetbasil.com

So, I’m going to jump right into it because we’ve had an interesting year. We’ve been getting more and more sick since living in freezing cold Utah and a lot of that has to do with inversion. If you haven’t heard of it like I hadn’t then count yourself as lucky. It’s lame. Basically all of the junk in the air gets trapped in the valley because Utah is shaped like a bowl and the high mountains act like a huge wall. So, our air quality goes way down and everyone gets sick. Last year we decided that we couldn’t deal with it anymore so we came up with a few things to try and I’m happy to say we were hardly ever sick last year and (knock on wood) haven’t really been sick this winter either!

How Healthy are Cold Buster Green Smoothies?

Drinking Cold Buster Green Smoothies is a good way to get nutrients and stay hydrated.  Consuming Cold Buster Green Smoothies is a good way to get vegetables in your diet.


*Green Smoothies*

Green smoothies were all the rage, and still are but I never really thought they were that big of a deal. And then I realized that with all of those vitamins packed into a smoothie we would actually be giving ourselves the proper nutrition that we are recommended in getting. So, we started keeping a full supply of spinach and fruits and sure enough, not only did we start feeling better but we weren’t getting sick. But, there’s a catch. You have to watch your fruit intake as they still have sugar and carbs so people can take something healthy to not so healthy.

Suffering from a cold and looking for an all natural solution to fight a cold? This cold buster green smoothie is your answer! ohsweetbasil.com

Will Cold Buster Green Smoothies Give Me Energy?

Cold Buster Green Smoothies can provide you with lots of healthy calories, that your body can convert to energy.

Cold Buster Smoothie

This smoothie is unique in that we chose specific items to kick the cold where it hurts:

Bananas give the body natural energy which is something you are lacking when sick. Spinach is great fiber and vitamins while the citrus fruits really slam dunk the vitamin c. We avoid dairy completely as it encourages mucus production. In fact, we skip the dairy completely while sick. The orange juice isn’t just about the vitamins it’s also about staying hydrated. And the carrots are great for killing germs in the mouth and helping with digestion. We keep the orange peel on because the peel contains 4 times more fiber than the fruit itself, it has anti-inflammatory properties and may even help reduce harmful LDL’s.

We also add a scoop of protein so our body has the nutrition needed for energy.

Can cold buster green smoothies be made the night before?

Yes! You can blend your cold buster green smoothies ahead of time and store your cold buster green smoothies in a sealed container for 1 to 3 days in the fridge. … Fresh is always best, but a 2-day old cold buster green smoothie is still way better than a bag of the Cheetos.

Can Cold Buster Green Smoothies be frozen?

Yes, Cold Buster Green Smoothies can be easily frozen.  I recommend taking a cold buster green smoothie out of the freezer to thaw overnight in the refrigerator. Most likely, it will still be frozen in the morning. Set the jar on the counter and it will thaw in about an hour or so.

Suffering from a cold and looking for an all natural solution to fight a cold? This cold buster green smoothie is your answer! ohsweetbasil.com

You don't have to pass a cold around all winter. last year we cracked down and learned how to fight a cold- cold buster green smoothie.

How to Fight a Cold

Air Purifier 

We went ahead and got a Honeywell airpurifier. One is upstairs and the other downstairs. They run day and night all year round and I swear it’s been helping to keep out the nasty.

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Simply Saline

Cade cannot handle a Netty Pot but many people love it. Instead we use Simply Saline. As soon as you feel the sniffle get out your saline and keep things cleaned out. You’d be shocked how much it will help. We even use the Little Remedies one for kids and it has blown our minds with how much better they get with it.

Zicam Nasal Spray

I hate nasal spray. I also hate taking those nasty vitamin c or zinc tablets to fight a cold. And do they even work? I wasn’t feeling like they were. Until I found Zicam Nasal Spray. Immediately when I get the tickle I take it and Cade is quickly following suit as he sees how well it works. I even travel with it now. It’s the only clinically proven nasal spray to shorten a cold.


Blowing your nose and a stuffed up nose that requires you to breath from your mouth all day can lead to chapped noses and lips. I love this little Aquafor tube. It’s all I use for chapstick now, but it’s great on noses that are being blown too much too.

All of this just comes from Amazon to my house and most is around $4. I’m lazy like that, but you can always watch a store for sales too.

And that’s it! What little tricks do you have to beating the winter colds?

How to Fight a Cold- Cold Buster Green Smoothie

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Suffering from a cold and looking for an all natural solution to fight a cold? This cold buster green smoothie is your answer! ohsweetbasil.com

How to Fight a Cold - Cold Buster green Smoothie

3.71 from 24 votes
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 2 minutes
Servings: 2 glasses of smoothie
You don't have to pass a cold around all winter. last year we cracked down and found 5 must haves to kick the cold like this cold buster green smoothie


  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 orange with peel
  • 3 baby carrots
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup frozen pineapple
  • 1/2 small apple
  • 1/2 cup ice


  • Place the juice, spinach and remaining ingredients in a blender, ending with the ice.
  • Blend until smooth and drink up!


Try different fruits for a new combination.
Nutrition Facts
How to Fight a Cold - Cold Buster green Smoothie
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 180 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Sodium 41mg2%
Potassium 815mg23%
Carbohydrates 44g15%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 30g33%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 5290IU106%
Vitamin C 115mg139%
Calcium 74mg7%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • I’ve been making this smothie for my family for about 4 years now it works in 1-2 days and tastes great! Thanks for all that you share

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    • Yay! Thank you so much Janice!

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  • Don’t see recipes…. just a lot of explaining and ads

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  • Keep it up 🤗 🤗

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    • Thank you!!

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  • On the 5th day of a nasty cold with congestion and just made this smoothie.  I substituted kale for the spinach but followed everything else and it tasted great! Wish I had thought of this 5 days ago. Using ibuprofen, garlic and echinacea supplements with Ziacam nose swabs. Now with the smoothie I hope to have a good aresenal to get rid of this! Now need something for the cough! Thank you for the info- much appreciated! 

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    • So glad you are finally getting some relief!!

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  • I’m allergic to oranges and pineapple what can I replace? Love your website.

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    • Thank you, Denise! Well shoot! Those two things are what make it a cold buster because of the vitamins in them. You can use any juice and frozen fruit combo you want!

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  • I just made it cause I have a cold and it was delicious orange peel and all but I did get all organic and not oranges in a bag on I never thought it would taste so good now I also did get a new smoothly maker very powerful so there was no chuncks of anything hope this works ..Thank You

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    • Thank you for the comment!

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  • I’m asthmatic, have been for 40 years. And as I get older, it’s getting worse. Such is life. But ANY cold, flu, whatever I pick up in the winter has to be stopped quickly cuz EVERYTHING moves to my lungs. Heck, when raising puppies years ago, I even gave myself kennel cough from their nasal vaccine (lol! Dr in hospital thought it was some exotic disease, had never heard of it!)
    I take 1000 mg if vitamin C 2x a day, 5000 iu vitamin D 1-2x a day, use a generic form of Airborne every time before I go to stores. But the best thing after I start to feel those first symptoms, scratchy throat, something behind my nose, unexplained aches, is taking these beyond-the-norm Enhanced Zinc Lozenges from Life Extension, where I get most of my supplements. They’re monsters, 1/2″ thick and 3/4″ tall, take quite a while to dissolve, 18.75 mg zinc acetate in each, can be taken every 2 hrs (up to 8) until the symptoms leave. Usually 2-3 kills the infection. Most effective thing I’ve found if used as soon as you suspect a cold. They do seem to numb my ability to taste flavors for a while after sucking on them! 
    But all the other suggestions are helpful too. Plan to add the smoothie to my therapy!

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  • Friendly pharmacist here. It’s true that zinc is the only proven therapy to reduce the length of a cold (by a day), but if you can tolerate the lozenges, it’s safer than the spray. The nasal spray has the potential to make you permanently lose sense of smell which means nothing will ever taste right either.

    Hot tea is a great way to make you feel better.

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    • well I definitely don’t want that to happen, but man, those lozenges are awful, aren’t they!

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  • I am so glad I found your website. Love all the recipes and will eventually try them all.
    My question is I am a diabetic and wondered if you have some diabetic recipes you have tested.
    I try to substitute Splenda or the like but sometimes I just use regular sugar.
    Keep up the good work. I enjoy the personal touch and blog almost as much as the recipes. Thank you. Beth.

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    • Thank you so much, we definitely need to find some diabetic recipes to share.

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  • BETH

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  • The peel was a bit too bitter in the smoothie; my life is ruined.

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    • Emily, you may have had a bit thick of a peel or extra pithy. I’ve had one like that too. You can skip the peel any time. 🙂

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    • Ya, me to I blended everything, tasted it, and it was amazing! It tasted like either orange with vanilla ice cream, or orange sherbet. But then I realized I had forgotten the peal, I added a small amount in and boom, gross! It was soooooo bitter! I am sick with a cold, so I wanted to find something to help make me feel better faster. I absolutely love this smoothie, so I will probably make it again without the peal even if I’m not sick!!! I will also check out other recipes on this website! Thank You!

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  • super tasty i love it!!! 🙂 tank you

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  • Hi very tasty smoothie! I have a question do I zest my orange or put it in whole half?

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    • You put the whole half in. Crazy huh?!

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  • I drink a lot of green smoothies but I never thought to add carrot; that’s a great idea. Also I like that you include the citrus peel, I’m sure that really bumps up the flavor in addition to adding nutrition. Thanks for all the great tips; and wishing you good health this winter!

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  • The moment I get an inkling of a cold coming on I grab the vitamin c in all it’s forms; vitamins, kiwi, strawberries, emergen-c. Will definitely have to save this recipe, the sickness has been making it’s rounds, I noticed.

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    • I added emergen-c in this smoothie And I couldn’t taste anything at all! I really recommend putting emergen-c in this smoothie!!

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  • I love to use Zicam and always keep working out!

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  • I fight a cold with drinking lots of fluids and having soup. At night I usually take an Alka-Seltzer Plus to help me sleep.

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  • Hot tea and lots of sleep!

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  • Juice and Honey!

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  • We’ve had very good results with Emergen-C packets. We also use lots of Vics Vaporub.

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    • I added emergen-c in this smoothie and couldn’t taste anything at all! I highly recommend putting Emergen-C in this smoothie!!!

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  • I fight a cold with vitamin C, plenty of liquids and rest!

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  • Have to make that smoothie. Doesn’t look very good but the recipe sounds delicious!!

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    • It’s very good! Just don’t add in the peal (in my opinion) because it makes the smoothie kind of bitter!

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  • Vitamin C, a lemon/honey “tea” and humidifier

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  • I usually eat spoonfuls of honey. I also get my shower nice and steamy and take deep breaths in there to help clear up my cold.

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  • I have a cold right now so Im clearly not very good at preventing them lol. I do try to keep cough drops, oj and vitamin c on hand!

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  • We keep vitamin c drops on hand all winter long!

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  • lots of vitamin C!

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  • Lemon water with raw honey

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  • I usually make tea with ginger, honey, lemon and garlic and sip that. It tastes great and it really helps alleviate the symptoms.

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    • Sounds perfect…would you mind sharing your recipe?

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      • I made green tea with honey lemon and ginger, thought about garlic but opted out not sure how it would taste…

    • Kendra, your tea sounds yummy and so healthy too! Would you mind sharing your recipe with us, please? Thanks!

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      • Sorry, spell check changed your name from “Kejera” to “Kendra”…. grrr…

    • You are smart thats the best way to do it 

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  • Lots of water and rest.

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  • I fight colds by eating a lot of raw honey, lemon and ginger mixed together and i take teaspoons throughout the day, i also drink lots of water, eat healthy (love my smoothies and soups when sick… stew is really good too) and use cough drops and if I am really bad paracetamol but since i breastfeed i don’t take anything else.

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  • Tea & honey and plenty of sleep!

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  • sounds great will try the drink

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  • Lots of vitamin C, tea & honey, sleep, and cold meds! But this smoothie looks fantastic!

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  • lots of green tea, rest, & fresh air

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  • We wash our hands frequently to prevent colds. When they do happen, we drink lots of food and try to rest more.

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  • DoTerra On Guard oil. That stuff is awesome.

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  • I hate winter, too, for the exact same reasons!!! When we’re sick, and to help fight sickness, we eat lots of garlic, greens, and try to stay away from too much sugar. We also use essential oils…thieves, eucalyptus, lavender, and we love Ricola, too! Great giveaway! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  • I use my doterra oils. My husband recently got really sick and is still getting over it. I have been taking my oils and have avoided it so far, so amazing!

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  • very useful info – thanks

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  • Chicken noodle soup, tissues with lotion, Ginger-ale, hot tea with lemon & A MUST HAVE is a frozen washcloth for my sinuses!

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  • I am going to have to try this smoothie, I don’t know what it is about this year but I seem to be getting colds more regularly than I usually do so hopefully this will give me a little boost!

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  • I always take zinc as soon as I begin to feel sick and get plenty of rest and stay hydrated.

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  • oh, interesting… you leave the peel on the orange in the smoothie?

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    • Yep! THe peel has more fiber than the fruit as well as a few other nutrients. Although too much peel can be a little bitter so we don’t use the whole orange.

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      • Yes very bitter!!!

      • Hi Charlotte, if it ends up bitter the peel must have extra pith. Just squeeze juice in instead of using the peel. Thanks for bringing it up in case anyone else has a thick peel with the same results. Have a great weekend! 🙂

      • Yes I Loved the smoothie, but I had to dump it because of the bitterness of the peel, next time I will make it without the peal, and it should taste a lot better! Thank You so much for this recipie! OhSweetBasil, see my reply on the first comment

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