Delicious and healthy drink for reviving taste and boost from flu infections.
Last year this time I was recovering from a flu attack, and yes everybody at home except my little one got it. I was hit the hardest as I was the one who didn’t get flu vaccine. So this time I am super cautious, so I got my shot of flu vaccine earlier. In the meantime I needed to review a book so tried a few recipes from it. I don’t like reviewing cook book without trying anything from it as it is not a novel to just read, you need to try to get a feel of it. This Flu drink is the third recipe from the book that I have tried.
I love smoothies, and always find a way to add lot of veggies and fruits into the smoothie. Also it is filling and excellent breakfast for me. I tried this flu drink recipe is from the book Green Smoothies: Recipes for Smoothies, Juices, Nut Milks, and Tonics to Detox, Lose Weight, and Promote Whole-Body Health by Fern Green. As name implies the book contains, juices, smoothies and shot and milks. In the introduction Fern gives information about equipment you need to make juices, smoothies etc along with super greens. There are also tips for juice Detox and even a seven day green juice Detox plan.
First chapter is juices, from which I have tried two juice recipes, Strawberry, which includes fresh cabbage and tomato and strawberry. However I don’t like the overpowering of cabbage in my juice. If you are not bothered about fresh cabbage in the juice then it is one for you. Then I tried Purple ginger juice from the book. I liked it as it has ginger, orange juice and beets. It is tasty and loves the color. There are 23 juice recipes in the book of which about 20 of them uses various greens.
In Second chapter there is about 30 recipes in Smoothie section, Pineapple twist, blueberry chia Strawberry joy and Fruit and fiber one are in my do list. I need to wait until my mint grows back to try few of the recipes.
Third chapter is about shots and milks. According to the author, shots are great when you need a healthy boost; you can add them to juices or smoothies or drink it alone. I like to drink it alone. There are 4 shots recipes and I tried Flu Kick recipe from it. The last part is Milks, there Brazil nut milk, Pine nut milk, Almond milk, pecan milk, pumpkin seed milk and chocolate cashew milk. Chocolate cashew milk is in my do list.
I like the book, and would encourage everyone to find your favorite smoothie, juices. I think Shots and milk everybody is going to like it. Another good thing about recipes in book is that only in milk recipes and a few others that natural sweeteners like agave nectar and honey are used.
One thing I found that we need to add water to dilute the juices and smoothie otherwise it will really hard to drink, that is my opinion. If you are looking for various combo of green smoothies to try then buy this book. Only drawback I saw is that recipes don’t specify how many it serves. You need to figure it out on your own.
Here is the recipe of flu kick from the book. I followed everything but added little amount of water. This drink is known to boost immunity fights against the symptoms of the flu. I also find that because of its spicy nature you can regain your taste buds which are lose their functions during flu resulting bad taste and smell as it has, cayenne pepper, ginger garlic, orange and lemon along with touch of agave nectar. Even though this drink is named as flu drink you can have it any time, when you required some boost to your body.
"I received a complimentary copy of book from Blogging for books for my honest review"
- 1 teaspoon agave nectar*
- ⅛ th teaspoon cayenne pepper/red chili powder
- 1 small clove of garlic
- 1 inch ginger peeled the skin
- ½ lemons
- ½ orange
- ¾ cup water optional, I added
- *If you don’t have agave nectar in hand substitute with honey.
- In a blender add everything and blend well and enjoy.
- You can also juice the garlic, ginger, orange, and lemon into the glass and mix rest of the ingredients and enjoy
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This is Swathi ( Dr. Ambujom Saraswathy Ph.D) from Zesty South Indian Kitchen who loves to explore cuisines from all over the world. Whenever possible I try to to give an Indian touch to several of the world cuisine, and has weakness for freshly baked bread. All the recipes you see here are created by me and approved after taste-test by my family.