New mom? Working like crazy? In college prepping for finals? Whatever the reason, getting sick this winter is just not in your plan. Cold and flu — there is no time!
So what should your plan be? Prevention! When it comes to health – I try to support holistic approaches when possible, rather than over-the-counter temporary solutions. (Shocker.) Start with a healthy diet. There are so many natural immunity-boosting foods and drinks that can help fight off illness and keep you going with your busy life despite dropping temperatures.
Below I have outlined 3 delicious recipes with multiple health benefits for this time of year. Give them a try before you get sick!
The ginger in this juice makes it refreshing, it is full of anti-inflammatory benefits and is a vitamin C powerhouse. It’s also a nice change to my usual green juice game. Bonus — the manuka honey is great for soothing sore throats. (Can’t find MANUKA honey? Opt for any RAW honey. The honey you typically find at the store in the cute little bear does not have as many benefits!) All you have to do is juice the following ingredients into a glass (with ice, if preferred).
2 tablespoons lemon juice
½ inch chunk fresh ginger
¼ teaspoon turmeric
1 tablespoon raw manuka honey
If you are more of a smoothie fan or want something more filling to enjoy as a meal – try this smoothie recipe. The spices are great for fighting colds and the chia seed, banana and dairy-free milk make it more substantial. Yeah, it seems weird to add turmeric to a smoothie. I know. You won’t even really taste it! Add the following ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.
1 cup unsweetened coconut, hemp, or almond milk
½ cup mango or pineapple
1 tablespoon coconut oil
½ teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon chia seed
½ teaspoon ground ginger
½ teaspoon turmeric
I’m all about the warm lemon water at all times of the year – but for the fall and winter, try this combo to really boost the health benefits. In the morning, heat these ingredients and sip like a tea.
1 cup water
1 tablespoon lemon juice
⅛ teaspoon turmeric
⅛ teaspon ground ginger
dash of cayenne
raw honey to sweeten (optional)