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6 Immune-Boosting Drinks to Help You Fight the Flu Season

 During the transitional seasons of fall and spring, when influenza and the common cold are on a rampage and our bodies are especially susceptible to viruses and bacteria, we could all use a little extra help. And while there is no miracle cure that will prevent the cold and flu completely, there are things you can do to boost your immune system’s defense forces, and one such thing is better nutrition.
In our opinion, one of the easiest and best ways to improve your nutrient intake is through healthy drinks, such as fresh juices, smoothies, and warm drinks, as these don’t typically take as much time to prepare, but are quite effective. So here are 6 of our favorite immune-boosting drinks. Even if you’re already under the weather, these beverages will help you recover faster, so make sure to save these recipes just in case and try at least one of these.

1. Kale, Apple and Spinach Juice

Immune-Boosting Drinks Kale, Apple and Spinach Juice

Nothing beats a green juice when it comes to health benefits, especially immune health. All the leafy greens in this recipe, such as kale, spinachand romaine lettuce, are packed full of antioxidants that have a known immune-boosting effect, and the ginger adds even more healthy goodness. Just one serving of this nutritious juice will cover your daily value of both vitamin A and vitamin C, as well as provide you with plenty of calcium and iron.

Cooking time: 10 minutes
Servings: 1
Difficulty: easy
Equipment: juicer

Ingredients:

2 leaves kale
2-3 leaves (depending on the size) romaine lettuce
1 cup (30 grams) fresh spinach
2 stalks celery
1 apple, preferably green
½ cucumber
½ lemon
1″ (2 cm) piece ginger

Directions:

Feed all the ingredients into the juicer and enjoy it fresh.

2. Strawberry, Mint and Kiwi Smoothie

Immune-Boosting Drinks Strawberry, Mint and Kiwi Smoothie

Those of you looking for a more indulgent and sweet drink to enjoy will love this creamy yet fresh strawberry, kiwi and mint smoothie. Apart from containing quite a bit of vitamins (namely, vitamin C, A, and B6) and minerals, such as zinc and folate, the Greek yogurt this recipe contains also adds a healthy dose of magnesium and probiotics. Apart from aiding digestion, the latter will boost your gut microbiome and make you more resilient to harmful microbes.

Cooking time: 5-10 minutes
Servings: 2
Difficulty: easy
Equipment: blender

Ingredients:

2 kiwis, peeled and halved
6 oz (170 g) frozen strawberries
5.3 oz (150 g, approximately 1 small cup) Greek yogurt
8 oz (230 g, approximately 1 glass) orange juice
10 mint leaves

Directions:

Mix all ingredients thoroughly using a blender, then pour the mixture into glasses. Garnish with mint leaves.

3. Homemade Tomato Juice

Immune-Boosting Drinks Homemade Tomato Juice
Sometimes, simple is the way to go, and it doesn’t get simpler than this homemade tomato juice recipe. No juicer or extra equipment required, and you will still get the freshest and most beneficial version of tomato juice possible.
Tomato juice is an excellent source of iron, folate, vitamins A and C, as well as antioxidants and other compounds that give this humble vegetable impressive anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting properties. All you will need to prepare it is plenty of fresh tomatoes, some salt and spices, a strainer, a sieve or food mill and a container to hold the juice, like a glass jar or bottle.
Directions:
1. Wash and cut your tomatoes into quarters, then put them in a saucepan and simmer over low heat for 20-30 minutes, or until tender.
2. Let the mixture cool down until warm, then sieve the solids from the juice, and return the juice to the stove.
3. Now it’s time to get creative. Add a bit of salt, maybe a bit of black pepper, paprika, onion powder or cayenne pepper for some added spice. Cook the mixture for a few more minutes to bring out the flavor of the spices, then cool and serve fresh or refrigerate for up to a week in a sealed container.

4. Carrot, Beet, and Turmeric Juice

Immune-Boosting Drinks Carrot, Beet, and Turmeric Juice

This recipe incorporates the best of the best: beets, carrots, turmeric, and ginger. All these ingredients have a jaw-dropping nutritional profile and are associated with a long list of health benefits for your entire body. Most importantly, all these ingredients have strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that will really help your body fight off cold symptoms. Apart from being super healthy, this juice is also ridiculously energizing, so definitely give this one a try.

Cooking time: 10 minutes
Servings: 1
Difficulty: easy
Equipment: juicer

Ingredients:

3 carrots, peeled
1 beet, peeled
1 orange, peeled
½ lemon
1″ piece (2cm) fresh ginger
1″ piece (2cm) fresh turmeric root or 1 tsp turmeric powder
black pepper

Directions:

Feed all the ingredients apart from the black pepper (and turmeric powder, if using) into the juicer. Mix the remaining ingredient(s) into the juice and enjoy fresh.

5. Carrot, Apple and Orange Juice

Immune-Boosting Drinks Carrot, Apple and Orange Juice

This classic juice is also a winner: it’s sweet, it’s delicious, the whole family will love it and it uses easily available ingredients. It also contains more than enough vitamins A and C for your needs, as well as vitamin B6, potassium and folic acid. These and other compounds naturally present in carrots, applesand oranges will help you ward off viruses and infections and serve as a tasty treat.

Cooking time: 10 minutes
Servings: 1
Difficulty: easy
Equipment: juicer

Ingredients:

2 carrots, peeled
1 orange, peeled and quartered
1 apple, quartered

Directions:

Feed all ingredients into the juicer and enjoy fresh or refrigerate in a sealed container for up to 3 days.

6. Mulled Cider

Immune-Boosting Drinks Mulled Cider

Since most people get sick during the cold months, we just had to add a recipe for a warm drink to this article. This mulled, spicy cider is very easy to prepare, and it also carries all the health benefits of apples, ginger, oranges, cranberries and spices like cardamom and cinnamon in one irresistible drink that everyone in your family will enjoy. 

Cooking time: 35 minutes (of this 5 min prep time)
Servings: 6-8
Difficulty: easy

Ingredients:

8 cups (2 liters) apple cider or juice
1 orange, thinly sliced
½ cup fresh cranberries
6 whole cardamom pods
1″ piece (2cm) ginger, thinly sliced
4 cinnamon sticks
3 whole cloves

Directions:

Combine all the ingredients in a large stockpot. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat and let it simmer for 30 minutes. You can serve it warm or cold and store it in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

H/T: pickuplimes, Jeanette's Healthy Living, Home Chef, Gourmande in the kitchen, Taste, Love and Nourish, the Spruce Eats

 

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