Today is our last installment of the Five Flu-Fighting Foods series. We’ve covered Pumpkin, Breakfast, Green Tea, and Garlic as four natural ways to keep the sick bug away. I’ve had so much fun coming up with yummy dishes for us to enjoy these amazing immune-boosting foods. If you missed any of the previous posts, you can click on the following links to see my recipes, as well as all the great recipes from others!
Yogurt: A Flu-Fighting Food
Our last food that we are featuring as a flu-fighting food is yogurt. Yogurt is full of probiotics which are awesome at boosting immunity. (Probiotics are also important for many aspects of your health, but we’ll talk more about that another time!)
We enjoy smoothies almost every morning made with either yogurt of kefir. Kefir is a lesser known, probiotic dairy product that we just love! It is very similar to yogurt, but is a bit more tart and a not quite as thick. It actually has more probiotics than yogurt, but both yogurt and kefir will do a great job at filling your belly with good bacteria.
Make Your Own Yogurt!
The great thing about yogurt and kefir is that they are very easily made at home. They are both so easy to make yourself, and by making them instead of buying them you will save a LOT of money.
My friend Stacy has a great tutorial here that shows you exactly how to make homemade yogurt. This is the method that I always use. I promise that it’s easy, and you don’t even need one of those fancy yogurt makers either!
To make kefir, you just add kefir grains to milk and let it culture at room temperature for 24-48 hours. That’s it! The kefir grains are reusable, so you only have to buy them once to make kefir over and over again. As long as you take good care of them, they should last you a life time.
You can purchase kefir grains at lots of different places online, but I highly recommend the kefir grains from Cultures for Health. They have wonderful customer service and wonderful products also. I’ve purchased many items from them, and have always been pleased with their quality of products.
Apple Pie Smoothie (A great way to get in more probiotics!)
Today, I’m happy to share a delicious smoothie recipe with you. We have a standard smoothie that we make almost every day that includes yogurt or kefir, blueberries, strawberries, banana, and sometimes oranges. Occasionally, we like to mix it up and have a “specialty” smoothie for a special treat. This Apple Pie Smoothie is one of our favorites!
Apple Pie Smoothie
- 1 cup plain yogurt OR kefir
- 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce OR 1 apple (peeled, cored, and sliced)
- 1/2 cup ice
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp cloves
- 1/8 tsp nutmeg
- 1 TBSP maple syrup
- 1/2 frozen banana
Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into 1 large glass or 2 small glasses. Enjoy!
- Your don’t have to use the maple syrup. It will still be sweet without it, but the maple syrup gives it a nice flavor and makes it a special treat!
Featured Links from the Garlic Link-Up
Roasted Garlic Tomato Sauce from Nutmeg Nanny
Moroccan Vinaigrette from Whole New Mom
Garlicky Roasted Chickpeas from Katherine Martinelli
Be sure to check out the great Probiotic Yogurt posts shared by the other lovely ladies hosting this series with me. They have some great stuff that you don’t want to miss!
- Probiotics 101 @ Day 2 Day Joys
- Yogurt: A Flu-Fighting Food @ Intentional by Grace
- Yogurt Pudding: A Flu-Fighting Food @ Quick and Easy, Cheap and Healthy
- Holiday Uses for Yogurt @ The Humbled Homemaker
Now it’s your turn to link up your posts featuring yogurt (probiotics) below. There are only two guidelines for participation:
1. Your recipe must feature a yogurt (probiotics). Any entry submitted that is not featuring yogurt (probiotics) will be deleted.
2. Please link your posts back to one of the hosting blogs. This way your readers can have access to all of the other great recipes and posts as well!