It’s the end of January, which means that, yes, cold season is upon us. Your co-worker is coughing, your partner is sniffling, the bus driver is sneezing, and before you know it, you may start feeling a bit under the weather also. If you’re pregnant or TTC, you may be looking for all-natural, homemade remedies to help.
You know you need to rest and drink lots of fluids, so pick your next show to binge-watch and check out these supercharged drinks to help knock that cold right out of your system. Each of these drinks is super easy to make at home and will hopefully have you feeling better in no time!
1. Lemon & ginger wellness elixir
This drink might be actual magic. The ginger and lemon are packed with vitamin C and also aid in digestion. Apple cider vinegar is a key ingredient in killing bacteria and boosting immunity. Yields one serving of superhuman strength.
– 1 tsp fresh grated ginger (add more if you like!)
– Juice of ½ lemon
– 1 tbs honey
– ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
Mix all ingredients and add to 1 cup boiling water. Breathe in, sip slowly, and enjoy!
2. Vitamin C immunity blast
You will need a blender or juicer for this one. It uses carrots and oranges for their high levels of Vitamin C and turmeric for its anti-inflammatory properties. Combined, they make one heck of an immunity blaster. Drink at room temperature, or add some ice to soothe a sore throat. Yields one immunity-packed serving.
– 2 peeled carrots, chopped
– 2 oranges, freshly squeezed
– 1 tbs turmeric
Blend all ingredients, add ½ cup of water if you want it to be less concentrated.
3. Kale yeah!
Kale is one of the most nutrient-rich veggies out there. Because of its high levels of vitamins K, A, C, B6 and folate, kale is the perfect healthy addition to almost any recipe. Adding kale to your smoothie is an easy way to get more of these important vitamins into your diet. You will need a blender for this recipe. Yields one serving of awesomeness.
– ½ cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
– 2 cups kale
– 1 orange, fresh squeezed
– ½ cup almond almond milk
– Optional 1 tbs of honey to sweeten
Add a handful of ice cubes and blend all ingredients.
4. Good old-fashioned chicken broth
Think of your grandma’s chicken soup recipe simple, fresh, and nourishing. This can be made and refrigerated for up to 3 days, or you can freeze it for a couple of months. Use it as a beverage when sick or as a base for your winter soups and stews. Yields approximately four servings to keep you warm and toasty.
– 1 pound of uncooked chicken drumsticks (or other chicken bones)
– 2 carrots
– 1 celery stalk
– ½ chopped yellow onion
– 1 bay leaf
– Sprig of thyme
– ¼ cup of fresh parsley
– 6 cups of cold water
– Salt & pepper to taste
Bring all ingredients to a boil, cover and simmer for 2 hours. Strain mixture and divide into four containers to refrigerate, freeze, or enjoy immediately.
These drinks are each vitamin- and nutrient-packed, and hopefully they’ll help you gear up on your road to recovery! As with the natural course of your pregnancy, remember to get plenty of rest, and add lots of water to your fluids list as well.
*Recipes courtesy of http://www.wellandthecity.com