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Healthy Drink Recipes

By Amra B. 

A friend of mine has been suffering a flu recently and asked if I had any suggestions on how she could regain her strength. Well, my father is a doctor, and he has always been telling me that the key to combating a flu is to drink as plenty of liquid. In addition to combating a cold, drinking plenty of liquids makes your skin look noticeably better and prevents you from consuming too many calories throughout the day. Either way, I like to sip healthy drinks throughout the day that increase my energy, support my immune system, and keep me hydrated. Here are some healthy hot beverage recipes:

Ginger spiced tea recipe

Ginger is another powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory and has been shown to have soothing effects on cold symptoms. Green and black teas are also rich in antioxidants and help keep the immune system in top fighting shape. For a video tutorial on how to make this tea drink, click here.
Serves 2 
Ingredients:
3 cups filtered water
1-1/2 inch piece fresh ginger
1 (heaping) tablespoon green or black tea leaves
1/2 cup whole milk
2 tablespoons honey
Dash of cinnamon
Instructions:
Peel and slice ginger into thin rounds. Bring water to a boil, add ginger and let simmer for 10 minutes. Lower heat, add tea leaves and let steep for 10 minutes.
Strain into a blender. Add in milk and honey and blend well. Return to pot and rewarm over low heat. Serve topped with a dash of cinnamon.



Honey cayenne tea recipe

Cayenne pepper naturally does what many cold medicines try to do. It effectively breaks up mucus and helps clear your respiratory passages, giving you quicker relief from cold symptoms. It also has immune strengthening and antimicrobial properties, making it a great food to consume to help prevent a cold from even coming on.
1 serving
Ingredients:
1 cup water
1 black tea bag
1 teaspoon honey
Pinch cayenne pepper
Instructions:
Heat water on the stovetop and steep the tea for about four minutes. Remove bag and combine tea with the honey and cayenne in a mug.


Hot pomegranate cider recipe

Pomegranates, which are in season during the winter months, are one of the most powerful known sources of antioxidants. Combine with apple cider and comforting spices for a tasty immune strengthening beverage.
4 servings
Ingredients:
3 cups apple cider
1 cup pomegranate juice
3 cinnamon sticks
4 cloves
Directions:
Heat all ingredients in a saucepan and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove cloves and cinnamon sticks and serve.


Virgin orange chamomile Hot Toddy recipe

Many people swear by the popular Hot Toddy's ability to soothe and relieve cold symptoms. The traditional version combines whiskey with lemon and honey for a soothing and citrusy hot beverage. For those cases where you just don't feel like the booze, or if you're making this kid-friendly, try this Hot Toddy recipe. The antioxidant quotient is bumped up by the addition of fresh orange and chamomile tea.
Serves 1
Ingredients:
1 tablespoon honey
Juice from 1/4 lemon
1 orange wedge
2 cloves
1 chamomile tea bag
1 cup water
Instructions:
Coat the bottom of a mug with honey and squeeze in the juice from the lemon quarter.
Stud the rind of the orange wedge with the cloves. Heat the water on the stovetop and add the tea bag and the studded orange wedge and let steep for five minutes. Remove the tea bag and orange and pour the steaming liquid into the glass. Stir and serve [1].


1. Reference: Dreskin R. 4 Hot Drinks that Boost Immunity. Retrieved on March 27, 2013 from http://www.sheknows.com 

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