Keeping your kiddos healthy, Tips to fighting the Flu
Originally posted on Real Food by Two Moms, January 16, 2019
With back to school bugs in the air, here is how I safeguard our house from getting the crud.
Cold Fighting Tips:
- Make sure to keep up the Vitamin D supplements.
- Add garlic to recipes and make sure to add it at the end instead of sautéing it first. This will save the beneficial components from being cooked out.
- Stock up on kiwi, capsicums, strawberries, oranges, papaya, broccoli or guava if you can find it, to make sure you’re getting enough Vitamin C.
- Make yogurt freezer pops, yogurt parfaits, yogurt smoothies or give a probiotic if they absolutely dislike all forms of yogurt in order to keep a healthy gut flora to fight off the bad bacteria.
- Take a spoonful of Manuka honey every morning. Manuka has powerful antibacterial and antiviral qualities. I truly believe my kids get sick much less when they are taking a spoonful a day and when they do become sick I feel they get over their colds much quicker with this sweet superfood.
- And lastly, make sure they drink plenty of water.
To encourage them to drink up, I’ve made these pretty little ice cubes with Manuka honey mixed with water and a few berries.
The orange cubes are for me. They are quite strong and my kids don’t like them, but if your kids do, by all means, go for it. They are ridiculously healthy. These bad boys are the ultimate inflammation fighter. Since I am trying to heal quickly and natural as opposed to taking painkillers and other drugs, this combo of nutrients is a great way to speed up healing, bring down swelling and also help ward off any sickness which would be detrimental to my healing process.
Manuka Honey Cubes
4 tbsp Manuka honey
1 cup water
Handful of fruit or berries of your choice.
Whisk the honey into the water, pour into an ice cube tray and add your fruit of choice. Freeze. Pop several into a water glass and enjoy it.
Inflammation Fighting Cubes
1/4 cup fresh turmeric root
1/4 cup fresh ginger root
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 tbsp black pepper, ground
4 tbsp Manuka Honey
2 cups of water
Blend all together in a blender. Allow to steep in the fridge overnight. Strain the liquid and add to an ice cube tray and freeze. You can put a few cubes into hot water for a tea or add to water for a refreshing cooler.