cold fightYou wash your hands regularly, use tissues when you sneeze, and make sure to get plenty of sleep.

But with winter upon us, it’s sensible to wonder if you’re doing everything you can to fight a cold and stay healthy.

If you’re looking to go the extra mile and supercharge your immune system – and who isn’t this time of year? – try these ultra-nutritious drink recipes, the easy and delicious way to fight a cold.

Mix and Match Your Favorite Flavors

When it comes to creating a drink that will help you fight a cold, you’re looking for certain nutrients, but where you find them can be entirely up to you.

The Alphabet Vitamins: Most people know that vitamin C is a powerhouse when it comes to fighting colds, but it’s not the only alphabet vitamin that’s helpful. Vitamin A, all the vitamin Bs, vitamin D, E, and K can all play a huge part in boosting your immune system. And you can find them in a wide variety of foods, to satisfy any taste. Try any of these, just to start:

  • Almonds for vitamin E
  • Citrus fruits for vitamin C
  • Ginger for vitamin C
  • Kiwi for vitamins C and K
  • Papaya for B vitamins and C
  • Spinach for vitamins A and C – and so much more!
  • Yogurt for vitamin D

Anti-inflammatories: More and more, researchers are learning that inflammation plays a huge role in just about every aspect of our health, from cancers to colds. Which is why it’s so important to work foods with natural anti-inflammatory benefits into your drinks. Don’t be afraid of some exotic flavors, or foods you wouldn’t usually think to add to drinks. The joy of juicing is that you can use more than just fruit! Start here, or use your favorites:

  • Apples – it’s the skin that has the anti-inflammatory properties, so be sure not to peel them or use juice
  • Butternut squash
  • Kale
  • Papaya
  • Turmeric
  • Watermelon

Antioxidants: Arguably the most effective way to fight a cold – or any other condition – is to load up on antioxidants. They fight free radicals, preventing and even reversing the oxidative damage that causes aging, illness, and disease. Imagine what they can do for the common cold!

  • Beets
  • Berries
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Green tea
  • Kale
  • Tomatoes

Drinks for Any Occasion

You can brew, blend, steep, or stir any combination of your favorite healthy foods and spices to help you fight a cold. Or you can choose from the lists above, OR even you can give one of these recipes a try for an immune boost to keep you healthy this winter, and year-round.

Apple-Ginger Juice – even though it’s served cold, this one is perfect for fall and winter

Chop two beets and two apples. Peel one medium orange and ¼ inch of ginger root. Shred the ginger root, if using a blender. Add all ingredients to a blender or juicer and mix until smooth. Serve chilled or over ice.

Beet Battle – this one works best in a juicer, due to the texture of raw beets

Combine one large beet, one apple any variety (remember to leave the skin on!), one handful of spinach leaves, and two cucumbers.

Green Ginger Tea – for when you want something warm

Grate fresh ginger into boiling water. Let boil for twenty minutes to infuse water thoroughly. Pour water over green tea leaves or tea bag. Let steep for three to five minutes. Add a teaspoon of lemon or honey, if desired. Enjoy while still steaming.

Sunrise Juice – another one that requires a juicer, rather than just a blender

Peel and remove the seeds from one medium-sized butternut squash. Peel two lemons and cut into chunks. Combine it all with a two-inch piece of ginger and two teaspoons of turmeric.

TACO Juice – read the ingredients before you panic

Combine one chopped tomato, one medium diced apple, two peeled and shredded carrots, and one medium orange without the peel in a blender or juicer. Serve cold or over ice.

Having a cold is horrible. Fighting a cold doesn’t have to be. Not when doing so is this delicious!