Having a solid immune system has never been more important, so Dan and I have been taking steps to bolster ours even while we are social distancing. Aside from drinking lots of water, washing our hands and making sure to get a little exercise every day, we’ve also been making and taking some yummy homemade immunity shots.
These couldn’t be simpler to make, and I got the idea from my favorite juice spot in town, The Fountain of Juice. I’ve been purchasing for curbside pickup with them a few times a month (they have the BEST fresh pressed juices), and they always throw in a little ginger shot. I decided to try my hand at making some from scratch and I really love the formula I’ve concocted! Here’s what you’ll need to make your own:
- Fresh squeezed lemon juice (1 lemon)
- Fresh squeezed orange (1 orange)
- 1 tbsp. fresh grated ginger
- 1 tsp. honey (locally sourced is best)
The juice from one lemon and one orange makes enough for two large “shots,” though these are tasty enough to enjoy at a more gradual pace, too. For the shots, you can either grate your own ginger, or most grocery stores have tubes of pre-grated ginger in the refrigerated produce section. That’s what I use. The honey cuts through the tartness of the lemon and spiciness of the ginger. Local honey is ideal, because it will actually help ease seasonal allergies (since the honey is from local bees). But a good ‘ole honey bear from the grocery is also fine. And finally, I always add some turmeric for good measure – this can be added to your taste preferences.
I am by no means a dietary or medical expert, but I do have the internet at my fingertips so I thought I would share some health benefits of these ingredients:
- Lemon & orange juice – these citrus fruits are obviously great for providing vitamin C, perfect for boosting that immune system.
- Ginger – this root has an entire host of health benefits, like helping to ward off a common cold or the flu, anti-inflammatory properties, and much more.
- Local honey – honey that is sourced locally can help ease seasonal allergies.
- Turmeric – this “spice” isn’t just for cooking. It is an antioxidant that can help fight off viral infections. It also has anti-inflammatory properties.
One thing I like to do at the start of each week is to make a batch of immunity shots. I essentially triple or quadruple the recipe above and store the mixture in a mason jar in the fridge – it should keep for up to 4-5 days. Just make sure to give it a good shake to distribute all that gingery goodness before drinking!
What measures are you taking to keep your immune system in tip top shape? Please let me know if you try this recipe – they’re as health-boosting as they are tasty. And as always, many thanks for being here.