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Boost Your Immune System With This Delicious Autumn Drink

This cold-bustin' drink is the perfect thing for those chilly, rainy days.

Heavenly elderberry

Heavenly elderberry

Fall's cold weather and shorter days can mess with your immune system. Look around, and it seems like everyone is getting sick! Enter: the fantastic elderberry.

The elder tree has been revered for hundreds of years for its health-promoting properties, not only its flowers but also its berries. The flowers contain several flavanoids, powerful antioxidants which protect your body from various diseases and cancers, while the berries are bursting with vitamin C, B, iron and more antioxidants. So they're perfect for strengthening the immune system and preparing us for colder times.

Ginger and honey are among the strongest natural "germ killers," while cinnamon helps stimulate your metabolism (and keep you lean). 

Let's check out the recipe...

 

ingredients

  • 1.5 cups / 400 ml of water
  • 1 heaped tbsp. of dried elderberry flowers
  • 1 heaped tbsp of elderberries (you can also use 1 cup of elderberry juice)
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 tsp. of fresh ginger
  • Honey for sweetening
  • Sparkling water (to taste)

preparation

  1. Grate the ginger and place in a pot, along with the elderberry blossoms, elderberries and cinnamon stick.
  2. Add hot water, and simmer for 15 minutes. 
  3. Pour the tea through a strainer, to filter out any solid bits.
  4. Sweeten with honey, then return the cinnamon stick to the tea and let it rest for another 15 minutes.
  5. Top off with sparkling water (optional).
  6. Enjoy!

 

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INGREDIENTS

  • Peanuts
  • Carrot
  • Mango
  • Rocket
  • 2 limes
  • Olive oil
  • Soy sauce
  • Red onion, minced
  • Salt
  • Pepper

 

METHOD

  1. Lightly sautée the peanuts until golden.
  2. Take the carrots and cut into thin slices.
  3. Peel the mango and slice into thin strips.
  4. Squeeze the juice from 2 limes into a bowl, and add olive oil, soy sauce, minced onion, salt and pepper.
  5. In a bowl, toss together the mango, carrot, rocket, and lime-soy dressing.
  6. Enjoy!

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