Get your happy hour fix without alcohol.
Allergies, colds, viruses and more — the list of potential hits to your immune system is daunting and can ruin your quality of life. Many people find themselves in a cycle of getting sick, and then briefly getting well only to get sick again. Beat the cycle of immune depletion by turning to your kitchen to keep your immune system as healthy as it can be. Integrated health expert and author of What Doctors Eat, Dr. Taz Bhatia, shares three mocktails that give your body nutrients.
The strawberry mint mojito is both easy and fun to make. Combine fresh strawberries with a handful of mint leaves and locally grown honey for a refreshing drink you will crave through the spring and summer. Strawberries are high in vitamin C and polyphenols, both important in boosting the immune system. A single serving of strawberries can provide up to 150 percent of your daily vitamin C, which helps to kill bacteria and viruses, while also reducing free radicals that increase your oxidative stress and wear down your immune system. Using a locally grown honey is thought to help boost your ability to fight off local allergens. Finally, using your favorite herbs, including mint, cilantro, or watercress increases levels of quercitin, a natural antihistamine, and boosts antioxidant levels.
Get the recipe: Strawberry-Mint Mojitos