I'm A Celebrity Nutritionist & This Is My Go-To Breakfast To Support Immunity

Nutrition Specialist & New York Times best seller By JJ Virgin, CNS, BCHN
Nutrition Specialist & New York Times best seller
JJ Virgin is a certified nutrition specialist, board certified holistic nutritionist, certified exercise physiologist, and New York Times best-selling author.
Expert review by Ashley Jordan Ferira, Ph.D., R.D.N.
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Ashley Jordan Ferira, Ph.D., R.D.N. is Director of Scientific Affairs at mindbodygreen. She received her bachelor's degree in Biological Basis of Behavior from the University of Pennsylvania and Ph.D. in Foods and Nutrition from the University of Georgia.
I'm A Celebrity Nutritionist & This Is My Go-To Morning Habit For Immune Support
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If you're like me, keeping your immune health stellar has been top of mind lately. There's a lot of advice circulating these days, and the truth is, we face a lot of choices every day that affect immune health. 

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For example, at your favorite restaurant, you can opt for a meal with lots of leafy greens. You can prioritize sleep so you're getting seven to nine hours of solid, uninterrupted rest every night. You can schedule in "me time" or yoga classes to help manage stress.  

All of these things matter: great sleep, dialed-down stress, me time, and eating nutrient-rich foods. But you needn't overwhelm yourself with all of these things at once. In other words, you don't need to make seismic changes to support your immune system. 


My go-to morning habit for immune support.

One of my favorite ways to support my health on a regular basis is having a nutritious protein smoothie for breakfast. Starting the day with a shake is one of my top success principles in my book The Virgin Diet—plus it keeps meal prep as simple as possible. 

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The key to a healthy meal drink is the trifecta of high-quality protein, healthy fats, and plenty of fiber. My go-to healthy fat sources include coconut oil (or grass-fed butter); seed or nut butter; and unsweetened coconut, almond, or cashew milk.

Beyond filling you up, fiber also feeds the good bacteria in your gut, where more than 70% of your immune system lives. Great sources of fiber include flaxseed, chia seeds, cacao nibs, avocado, berries, and leafy greens. 

Making smoothies a part of your morning routine is so simple—that's why I love them! This recipe is my go-to way to start the day on a healthy note.


JJ's Immune-Supporting Smoothie 


  • 2 scoops chocolate or vanilla protein powder (like my Paleo-Inspired All-In-One Shake)
  • 10 oz. unsweetened coconut milk 
  • ¼ frozen avocado 
  • 1 cup frozen organic strawberries 
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen leafy greens


  1. Blend all ingredients until smooth.
  2. Add ice to your smoothie to reach your desired thickness.
  3. Pour and enjoy!
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