This Banana Orange Smoothie with Cacao Nibs is a healthy and flavorful way to add vitamins B and C into your diet.

Banana Orange Smoothie with Cacao Nibs

This Banana Orange Smoothie with Cacao Nibs is a healthy and flavorful way to add vitamins B and C into your diet.

Banana Orange Smoothie with Cacao Nibs

This Banana Orange Smoothie with Cacao Nibs is a healthy and flavorful way to add vitamins B and C into your diet.

This cold season has been rough.  Actually, that’s an understatement– it’s been ridiculous, and staying healthy has become priority number one.  Normally, throughout cold and flu season, I load up on those little vitamin C ‘immune-booster’ powder packets, and drink one every day.  Do I really think they work?  Not necessarily, but it made me feel like my immune system was protected with a lovely little layer of immune-boosting vitamins.  Plus, they’re tasty.  Recently, however, I looked up the ingredients list for my normal vitamin packets,* and was a little alarmed to see ‘fructose,’  ‘dried cane syrup,’ AND ‘corn syrup solids’ on the list.  I checked out a few other brands, and was just as startled.  With ingredients like that, how could those possibly help me to stay healthy?

Determined to boost my vitamin intake, I decided, radically, to get my vitamins from food.  (Are you shocked at my extremism?)  An orange might not technically have as much vitamin C as the immune-booster packets, and a banana has less vitamin B than you’d get from a supplement, but the vitamins are more potent and better absorbed when they come from real food.  This vitamin B and C packed Banana Orange Smoothie is a delicious, fast, and easy way to add a few extra vitamins to your diet.

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Vegan + Vegetarian Recipes to Feed a Cold

Recipes to ‘Feed a Cold’

Vegan + Vegetarian Recipes to Feed a Cold

Recipes to Feed a Cold

This cold and flu season, keep yourself hydrated and fortified with these vegan and vegetarian Recipes to ‘Feed a Cold.’

Have you stayed healthy this winter?  I sincerely hope so.  However, after seeing news stories about ‘epidemic flu levels,’ after looking unsuccessfully in store after store for generic Mucinex and finding that EVERY SINGLE STORE was sold out, and after spending several days looking suspiciously at each person who coughed in my general direction–  I’m fairly sure that I’ve been exposed to some epic germs.

If you, like me, caught one (or one million) of those germs, these Recipes to ‘Feed a Cold’ will help soothe your throat, fill you with nourishment, and ease your way back onto the road to health.  Both the drinks and foods listed are filled with healthy ingredients like onions, ginger, turmeric, and garlic.  Some of these recipes aim to boost your immune system (like this green smoothie or this elderflower-turmeric tea), and others to calm an angry throat (like this hot toddy).  Some of these recipes are here to help clear your sinuses (like this onion and garlic ‘get well soup’ and this spicy noodle soup), and others will help fill you with wholesome ingredients as you heal.

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This vegan-friendly Mint Tea Hot Toddy hot cocktail is the perfect "get well" drink for for cold winter days.

Mint Tea Hot Toddy

This vegan-friendly Mint Tea Hot Toddy hot cocktail is the perfect "get well" drink for for cold winter days.

Mint Tea Hot Toddy

This vegan-friendly Mint Tea Hot Toddy hot cocktail is the perfect “get well” drink for for cold winter days.  This post is sponsored by Drizly.

Has the winter weather taken its toll on you this year?  Have you made it through cold and flu season unscathed?  We haven’t.  In fact, this winter has been a little bit rough.  Between the two of us, the husband and I have managed to catch what seems like every cold virus coming and going.  We’re on the mend now (again), but I know some of you are still trying to get better.  When you aren’t buying tissues, making soup, and watching movies– there’s something else you should do.  You should make this Mint Tea Hot Toddy.

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