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5 Simple Wintertime Immune-Boosting Tips

5 Simple Wintertime Immune-Boosting Tips

The kids in my 2nd-grade class are dropping like flies, there is a chorus of coughing and sneezing around circle time, and I know a few people who’ve had a nasty flu. No thank you. Even if you don’t work in a petry dish of germs like I do, here are 5 simple and effective strategies to boost your immune system. Prevention is always the best bet!

Immune-Boosting Orange Julius

Immune-Boosting Orange Julius

While I love just eating the fruit, this juice (which really tastes just like an Orange Julius, without all the sugar) is a super delicious and easy way to change things up. Additionally, the turmeric and cinnamon kick up the flavor and the health-boosting properites: turmeric is anti-inflammatory, as well as mood and brain-boosting; cinnamon, in addition to being a warming winter-spice (a good pairing with the warm-weather citrus fruit) and blood-sugar stabilizing, also fights viruses and infections!  Keep it coming. 

Stress Relieving Pumpkin Spice Smoothie

Stress Relieving Pumpkin Spice Smoothie

Hi friend. Put down the caffeine-infused chemical cocktail that is a pumpkin spice latte, and drink this delicious pumpkin spice smoothie instead.  It will give you a good hit of all those yummy pumpkin spice flavors, plus healthy carbs, healthy fats, protein, and also some extra veggies snuck in there, so you feel satisfied and energized, not anxious, stressed, or fatigued from blood sugar and caffeine crashes. 

Simple Homemade Coconut Milk: 2 Ways

Simple Homemade Coconut Milk: 2 Ways

Homemade coconut milk is one of those, "Why didn't I know about this?" kinds of recipes. (And it's really more of just a series of a few steps than a recipe). I used to buy ready-to-drink coconut milk at the grocery store - you know, the kind that comes in a carton like regular cow's milk.  I even found one that was unsweetened, but it still had all kinds of preservatives and fillers, like carageenan (the research on carageenan is inconclusive, but suggests it may cause gastrointestinal distress, and we don't want that), and even more than that, it just didn't taste that good!  Enter these recipes. They come together in minutes, are cheaper than buying ready-to-drink coconut milk, you control what goes in it, and they taste better! Win!