Winter is here and so are many unwanted diseases, colds, cough,s and flu. As it is our health has become a major concern amid COVID-19 where the cases are growing by the day. Falling prey to any health concern is something we all must try our best to steer clear of. Boosting our immunities should be our topmost priority. So here is a list of some healthy drinks that you can make at home using seasonal fruits, vegetables, and herbs that are not just tasty but also very nutritious and perfect for our well being.

Carrot, Beetroot, Ginger & Apple

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This concoction is super-rich, full of root vegetables which makes it a fortifying juice. The combination is perfect for decreasing inflammatory symptoms.

If you have a runny nose, body aches and a cold that does not seem to be going otherwise, this concoction might be able to help you out. This juice is full of vitamin C, A, B-6. B-9, A and potassium.

Grapefruit, Orange Drink

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A citrus explosion for sure, these seasonal fruits are a must-have in the winter season. These fruits have enough vitamin C in them which are daily recommended by health experts in general.

Vitamin C is one nutrient that has antioxidant properties that are very helpful in protecting our body from elements that can be damaging. The presence of vitamin C is said to be excellent for quick recovery in cases of a cold.

Tomato

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Instead of using tetra-packed tomato juices, take out fresh juice which is free of any preservative or ingredients that are used in those packagings. These kitchen staples are full of folate or vitamin B-9 that are great for lowering the risk of infections. They are rich in magnesium, a nutrient that is known for its anti-inflammatory properties.

Carrot, Orange & Green Apple Juice

This combination is ultimate! While orange and apples have vitamin C which is very important for our immune system, carrots are rich in vitamin B-6 that help on antibody production. Carrots also have potassium and vitamin A.

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Kiwi & Strawberry

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These two fruits are extremely tasty, can be had individually but their concoction is a blast of vitamin C. Always make a smoothie using them as their juice would be a little difficult and expensive to extract since 1 cup of strawberry yields only a quarter of a glass of juice. Take some milk, blend the two fruits, and enjoy the rich source of proteins and vitamin D as well besides vitamin C. This helps in reducing the risk of catching the flu or pneumonia. 

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Pumpkin Seed Smoothie

Yes, not pumpkin juice but a pumpkin seed blend is what I am talking about. A self tried and tested drink, I take this drink thrice a week which takes just 10 minutes to make. Just soak 1 cup raw pumpkin seeds overnight, get some sea salt, honey or maple syrup as per taste if you like it sweet and water. 

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Just soak the seeds in filtered water, add the salt and cover with a kitchen paper towel but do seal it close. Leave it on overnight and in the morning, discard the liquid as it cannot be used for the drink. Rinse the seeds and throw them into the blender with half a cup of water. The nuts should become all pasty. 

Strain and pour in a jar with milk as required. If you like it sweet, you can add in some honey or maple syrup.

Try out these few drinks. Get in touch with your doctor if you are not sure about adding them to your diet.

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