We certainly don’t live in a bubble, and as diligent as I work at keeping the girls’ immune systems built up to fight the bugs efficiently, once or twice a winter the immune system has to clean house and we have a bug sweep through. (I love THIS post about why this is a good thing!)
I am a big believer in listening to our kids when they are sick – if they don’t feel like eating that is fine by me. Let their bodies use energy to fight the infection instead of digesting food! But they do need to stay hydrated so their organs and immune system can do their job.
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- Everything into a jar with a lid and shake well to combine. This recipe fits perfect in a pint mason jar.
- Store in the fridge up to a week.
- This recipe makes a pint mason jar perfectly. My girls are younger and typically won’t drink more than this amount in one day while they are ill. It is a nice amount to make for them to sip on in small amounts during the day. If you have older kids, or will be using it for yourself while ill you can double, triple, or more into a pitcher. When I make it for myself I double it into a quart mason jar.
- Make the mixture into popsicles! Perfect for scratchy throats too! (And might I add teething toddlers?!)
- Since most of the immune system resides in the gut, I also like to add probiotics to the jar if I haven’t been able to get them in any other way during the day.
- I have one of these super simple lemon juicers – it’s quick enough for busy momma!
- These elderberry popsicles are another great idea to have on hand during illness.
- For more info on managing flu symptoms see THIS POST.