Cheers to a stronger immune system!

Vitamin-C + Apple Cider Vinegar Hot Tea

Boil water on the stove while you grab the honey, lemon and apple cider vinegar.
  1. Add 1-2 TBSP of Apple Cider Vinegar to your mug
  2. Pour in boiled water, leave room at the top
  3. Squeeze 1/2 of a lemon
  4. Add honey to taste
  5. Sip and savor
Why: It might taste a little sour, but apple cider vinegar (and honey) have antimicrobial and antioxidant properties. Mix those benefits with a dose of vitamin-c (which we can all stand to use more of right now) and you get a powerful elixir. Not to mention, hot drinks can be soothing and help wind down after a long day or be a great way to boost your metabolism in the mornings.
Everything in moderation: Apple cider vinegar is not meant to be taken in high doses on a daily basis so, stick to 1-2 TBSP.

Orange is the new green smoothie

Grab the blender! This smoothie combines carrots, mango, lemon juice and ginger for a heavy dose of vitamin-c.

Add your solid ingredients first, frozen items closest to the blender.

  1. 1 cup of frozen mango
  2. 3 small carrots
  3. 1 tsp of crushed ginger
  4. 1 banana
  5. 1 TBSP fresh lemon juice
  6. a pinch of cinnamon
  7. 1 cup of almond milk or milk of your choice
  8. Blend and slurp
Why: Other than all of the vitamin-c in this blended not stirred smoothie, the ingredient ginger contains microbial properties and is specifically known to target and improve gut health. Gut health is said to be an important factor in immune system strength.

Turmerkick Smoothie

Sometimes we need a kick to get the immune system ready for a fight. Nothing like the all powerful turmeric spice (and more vitamin-c) to do just that.

Add your solid ingredients first, frozen items closest to the blender.

  1. 1 cup of frozen mango
  2. 3 small carrots
  3. 1 tsp of crushed ginger
  4. 1 banana
  5. 1 TBSP fresh lemon juice
  6. a pinch of cinnamon
  7. 1 cup of almond milk or milk of your choice
  8. Blend and slurp
Why: We’re sure you’re starting to pick up on a theme and it starts with a vitamin and ends with a -c. But, also, turmeric is anti-inflammatory and antioxidant.

There's a rumor going around the coffee bean tree...

We're hearing, in moderation, coffee can help support the immune system with polyphenol antioxidants and Ethylamine, which fights infection. However, if you drink more than a cup or two per day and your caffeine intake gets in the way of sleep, it can actually suppress your immune system. Another wrench in the coffeemaker — the benefits of coffee might not be as effective with sugar and creamer. A tricky balancing act that might be worth the effort for that extra pep in your step.

We thought we’d throw this one into the mix for all of our coffee-lovers. In case you’re looking for healthy alternatives, try Black Tea or Matcha Green Tea.

Last but not least...

Honey Lemon Ginger Water

It's in the name! The simplest of all to make and a great addition to your morning or nighttime routine.
  1. Add 1 tsp ginger to mug
  2. Pour in hot water, leave room
  3. 1/2 squeezed lemon
  4. Add honey to taste
  5. Stirred not shaken for a plot twist

Now is a great time to add a few extra delicious steps to your self-care routine. Happy sipping!