It’s fall!!! This is big news for those of us in California. This morning I almost needed a hat. Woot! I hear it’s supposed to be 80-90 degrees again tomorrow but let’s forget about that for the moment. I almost wore a hat this morning everyone, HUGE news.
Fall means my children are busy gearing up for pumpkin patches and Halloween costumes, while I’m busy getting excited about all things pumpkin and apple! The only thing that gets in the way of my excitement is when the fall cold viruses start making their way through our home. Since school started, my daughter’s class has been hit with 2-3 different viruses, beginning on the second day of school. WOW. Her teacher says the kids usually wait until November to start coming down with viruses but this year it seems to have started right out of the gate. Okay then. We’ll roll with it and start building super immunity in our family 🙂 And we have my new ebook, Natural Remedies for Children to rely on if anyone ends up catching something. Whew.
So how do I start building my kids’ immune systems? First, I make sure our holistic medicine kit is stocked (it wasn’t, so I recently put in an order for more vitamin c powder) and second, I start giving my kids immune boosters on a daily basis. You can find a great list here. So far this seems to be working for them. My daughter has had a few runny noses, but nothing more serious and considering it’s her first year in school I’m preparing for much more in the coming months. My son has avoided everything so far. You know who’s been getting sick the most? MOM AND DAD! Maybe we need to start taking immune boosters too instead of just giving them to the kids. You think?
When my kids do get sick (because they do), I usually have luck getting nutrition into them through bone broth and teas. Most of the time my kids aren’t really interested in eating, but drinking something warm often perks them up. I always make a big pot of bone broth (I’m now making this in my Instapot and it only takes 1-2 hours!) and I also make a lot of healing teas. This cider recipe is a healing kid-favorite and provides protein in the form of collagen. We use the Vital Protein brand because it is flavor-less. My kids have no idea I’m slipping them a little gut-healing protein in their yummy cider. Find out more about collagen’s health benefits here.
Try this warm healing cider this fall for healing and nourishment. Enjoy!
Healing Apple Cider
2 cups fresh pressed apple juice
1/2 cup filtered water
2 cinnamon sticks
3 whole cloves
5 cardamom pods
1 scoop vital proteins collagen hydrolysate
Optional healing booster: 3 slices of fresh ginger (will add spice that sensitive children might not like)
In a saucepan place the apple juice, water, cinnamon sticks, cloves, cardamom pods and ginger if using and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes. Add the collagen hydrolysate and whisk to combine. Remove from heat, strain out spices and serve warm.
- 2 cups fresh pressed apple juice
- ½ cup filtered water
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 3 whole cloves
- 5 cardamom pods
- 1 scoop vital proteins collagen hydrolysate
- Optional healing booster: 3 slices of fresh ginger (will add spice that sensitive children might not like)
- In a saucepan place the apple juice, water, cinnamon sticks, cloves, cardamom pods and ginger if using and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes. Add the collagen hydrolysate and whisk to combine. Remove from heat, strain out spices and serve warm.