Helpful Herbs for Cold and Flu

Hello Hardy Canadians! Winter is NOT the time to back off on the vegetable intake. Keeping your body and immune system strong is the best way to avoid those nasty colds and flu bugs that are goiOreganong around. Home-made stews and soups loaded with vegetables is the way to go on these chilly days. Be sure to toss in a handful of fresh herbs for the last few minutes of cooking as many such as Oregano, Basil, Thyme, Sage and Rosemary have medicinal properties that aid in reducing symptoms associated with colds and flu. Oregano has the highest antioxidant value and is loaded with antiseptic compounds. Most of these herbs are useful as hot teas or used externally for pain and inflammation.

 

Peanut butter Banana Smoothie

Get the kids on board with smoothies for breakfast or as a snack.
Blend until smooth
1 cup vanilla or plain yogurt (with live bacterial culture)
1 cup pure apple juice
1 banana
1 heaping tsp Natural peanut butter (sugar free)
1 heaping tbsp ground flax
4 chopped dates

Banana Mango Smoothie

Ease into your morning with sweet mango flavor and a little
Zing of ginger, known to aid digestion and reduce inflammation.

Pour into a blender
1 cup Astro Original plain yogurtBananMango
1 cup 100% pineapple juice
1 Ataulfo mango, peeled
1 banana
½ cup ice water
1 heaping tbsp ground flax seed
1 tsp fresh grated ginger
1 tsp olive oil, or Omega 3 fish oil
Blend until smooth and enjoy!