When will winter end? While we unfortunately don’t know the answer to that, we can help you navigate the freezing season flu-free. It’s been confirmed that this year’s flu season is the worst it’s been in a decade—so what are we to do?
Instead of popping tons of cold medication this year, why not head to the kitchen, DIY-style? There are a number of anti-inflammatory ingredients out there that can help fight cold and flu symptoms naturally, and let’s be honest: They taste way better than cough syrup.
From ginger and pineapple to turmeric and elderberry, check out the drinks you should be stocking up on for the remainder of these cold winter months.
Indian Turmeric Milk (pictured above)
recipe from Journey Kitchen
Long known in Ayurvedic medicine as a superherb, turmeric is full of healing properties. Curcumin, the pigment that gives turmeric its bright color, has an incredibly high antioxidant content, and is believed to fight inflammation at its source.
This soothing drink has an almost peppery quality to it, and the ginger and cardamom are super anti-inflammatory. This is the perfect drink to boost your immunity on a cold winter’s day.
- 2 cups fresh whole milk (almond can be used if you’re going dairy-free)
- 1/2-1 tsp turmeric powder
- 2-3 whole black peppercorns
- 2-3 whole cardamom pods, cracked
- 1/2 inch ginger, roughly chopped
- Pinch of saffron, optional
- Heat the milk with the spices for about 2 to 3 minutes.
- Add a sweetener to taste, if using. (Recommendations include jaggery, honey, or cane sugar.)
- Let the mixture cool until it hits room temperature.
- Strain and serve.
recipe from Wellness Mama
Grown in certain parts of North America and Central Europe, elderberries can be created into syrup to help fight the first signs of flu. Studies have shown that it’s incredibly effective, potentially due to the berry’s high levels of vitamins A and C, as well as antioxidants and flavanoids.
This tea is made by simmering the berries and spices, and is incredibly soothing on the throat. Whip it up the next time you feel a cold coming on—the spices are great for immunity, too.
- 16 oz filtered water
- 2 tbsp dried elderberries
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon powder
- 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
- 1 tsp raw honey (optional)
- Put the water and elderberries into a small saucepan.
- Add turmeric and cinnamon.
- Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for about 15 minutes. (This helps bring out the beneficial properties of the elderberries.)
- Remove from heat and let cool for about 5 minutes.
- Strain through a fine mesh strainer and pour into individual mugs.
- Stir in raw honey (if using).
recipe from Oh Sweet Basil
Although an ice cold smoothie probably isn’t the first thing you think of when you think cold remedies, the ingredients in this smoothie have been specifically chosen to fight the flu—bananas help with energy, the spinach is a great source of fiber and vitamins, and the citrus fruits add a ton of vitamin C.
Add a protein powder, and you officially have a complete meal when you’re too nauseous to stomach anything else.
- 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 and spinach in a blender.
- Add the remaining ingredients, ending with the ice.
- Blend until smooth, and drink up!
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