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Fire Up Your Immune System for Flu Season With 3 Homemade Fruit Juices

Turn this trio of antioxidant-rich fruits into refreshingly tasty drinks.

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Flu season is in full swing. Thankfully, there are things you can do to avoid illness. One easy protection method? Strengthening your immune system by consuming nutrient-rich fruits that support immune function. While these fruits can be eaten whole, juicing them makes consumption portable — for drinking on the way to work, the gym, wherever; plus, you can mix and match fruits to boost their nutritional value.

Of course, the cost of these drinks can be prohibitive. They’re typically $5 or $6 in stores. Making your own fresh-pressed juice, however, is cheaper. For homemade juices to fortify your immune system this winter, start with the three recipes below.

Antioxidant-Rich Fruits To Juice

There are three yummy fruits that aid immunity. Pears, apples, and blood oranges all contain vitamin C, an antioxidant known for eliminating illness-causing free radicals. Each also boasts its own unique benefits.

3 Delicious Homemade Juice Recipes To Try

Whip up one of these homemade drinks starring the above trio of immune-boosting fruits using a juicer or blender. You’ll get a refreshing antioxidant sip for flu season and beyond.

Blood Orange, Carrot, and Ginger Juice Recipe by NoshandNourish.com

Ingredients (Makes 2 servings):

  • 4 blood oranges, peeled
  • 10 large carrots
  • 2-inch knob fresh ginger, peeled

Directions:

  1. Put all ingredients through juicer. 
  2. Pour freshly pressed juice into two glasses. Enjoy.

Apple Juice With Ginger and Mint Recipe by KeeshasKitchen.com

Ingredients (Makes 4 servings):

  • 4 large apples, washed
  • 3 cup water
  • ½ lemon
  • A small piece of ginger (optional)
  • 5 mint leaves
  • 1 tablespoon honey (optional)

Directions:

  1. Cut apples into 4 pieces and remove seeds. Add apple pieces to blender with water, lemon, ginger, and mint leaves. Run machine.
  2. Pass apple juice through a strainer.
  3. Add honey for taste and ice. Serve.

Pure Pear Juice Recipe by LivingFreshDaily.com

Ingredients (Makes 2 servings):

  • 5 pears, stems removed
  • ½ lemon, peeled (or 1 tablespoon lemon juice)
  • 1 cup water (only if using a blender)
  • 1 cup ice (only if using a blender)

Directions:

  1. Wash and dry all produce. Halve pears and remove stems.
  2. If using a blender, blend all ingredients with ice and water until liquefied. Otherwise, use cold-pressed juicer to extract juice.
  3. Optional: If using blender, strain mixture through nut milk bag (Buy from Amazon, $13.97) to separate pulp for true “pressed juice” consistency and texture.

This content is not a substitute for professional medical advice or diagnosis. Always consult your physician before pursuing any treatment plan.

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